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Nice Rice - A Dish with No Name
Rice & Pasta Dishes
Member Name: Karonher
Rice & Pasta Dishes
Advantages: Quick and easy to do
Disadvantages: Nothing for me
A couple of year ago a friend and I booked a self catering cottage in the Cotswolds. We just wanted a quiet few days away as we both had leave but did not want to spend half of it travelling and waiting in airports.
We were quite isolated so on the first day went to stock up. She said that as it was cold she would get the ingredients for a quick meal her Auntie used to make for her. She bought rice, onions, eggs and a tin of creamed mushrooms.
That night we had what I thought was the nicest - and quickest meal we had that week. The rice is boiled and when cooked placed into a pan. While it is cooking the onions are fried and the eggs scrambled. Then they are all mixed together and placed on the plate in the shape of a ring leaving a space of about 4 inches in the middle of the plate. This is where the heated creamed mushrooms go.
Not only was this a really cheap meal, but quick to do and really welcome on a cold night. I have made this many times since I came home and can't think of a time I have not enjoyed it.
The rice took about 20 minutes to cook -this takes much less time to do at home as we pre cook and freeze rice and the same goes for the onions so they only need a few minutes to reheat. Scrambling an egg and heating creamed mushrooms takes no time at all so I can be sitting eating my meal 10 minutes after I started it.
I have tried a slight variation when we ran out of creamed mushrooms and that was to use fresh mushrooms and put them in a curry sauce and while it was OK it is not a patch on the original. As a vegetarian I would not add anything meaty to the rice, but my friend does sometimes add chicken and sweetcorn to the rice or bits of bacon to the creamed mushrooms.
I can't give a calorie count for this as amounts of each item would come into play. If you do want to cut down the onions can be boiled in the microwave and then just have a bit of oil added in a pan and eggs can be done in the microwave with minimal butter and milk.
All in all a quick and easy dish that is great for a cold night and you want something a little bit different.
Summary: I seem to have this once every few week in the winter.