Friday, July 6, 2012

Korean BBQ + Rice medley

A simple dinner of rice medley and korean bbq steak.

To make the steaks I used President's choice memories of korea, it's an asian pear based bbq sauce, really is my favourite from the line, it's versatile and I usually add a drop into any asian soup that requires some sweetness.

The rice medley you see as well was really quite delicious, I've always been against these blends because sometimes certain grains take longer than others to cook so you get a bit of a mushy consistency going on ... this was almost the case here when the lentils took the longest to cook but I lowered the temperature and added a bit more water.
Also it helps to add some oil or butter at the beginning and coat the grains well in it as the pan heats up, this will help avoid too much swelling and sticking.

Basic medley rice recipe:

Boil kettle (always do this before making rice)

In a pot or saucepan add 2 tbsp butter or oil.

- 1 1/2 cups rice blend
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 mushroom soup cube
- 2 1/2-3 cups boiled water (or half water half chicken/veg stock)
- 1/4 stalk of celery (for flavour) optional.

Heat the oil..

Wash the rice in a fine strainer, as not to break them, also this blend had smaller quinoa in it so I didn't want to lose anything through the seive. Drain and gently add to the warmed oil and stir the rice to coat with the oil.

Add salt/seasoning

Add water and stock. Lay the celery stalk inside whole for easy removal later.

Let it come to a boil.
Cover with lid and turn heat to low. Allow to simmer for 30-40 minutes.

If the rice looks like it needs more liquid add some hot water from the kettle and close and allow it to absorb cooking on low.

Once it's done immediately use a wide spatula to turn rice from the bottom to the top and gently place in a larger serving plate to cool.


I love simple meals like this on hot summer evenings, if I had more ingredients on hand I would have perhaps sauteed some mushrooms and baby bok choy as a vegetable dish.

I had a salad earlier so it was a pretty rounded meal.

** Couldn't resist adding some shots of the lily garden, it just bloomed and is looking quite nice.

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