September 2014 Challenge - Rice

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  1. phatch

    phatch Moderator Staff Member

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    I debated a challenge of supporting stars, herbs specifically. But I thought that would be hard to judge in many cases.

    So Rice, a staple of cuisines the world over. Savory and sweet options as well as derivatives like rice flour, noodles, paper, toasted rice powder, and even liquid forms like rice wine and rice vinegar.

    The image is from Wikipedia via the International Rice Research Institute. 


    Impress me!
     
  2. teamfat

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    Sweet!  Or maybe sticky?

    mjb.
     
  3. phatch

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    I'll probably issue some weekly challenges as well. Thinking of a fried rice one week, a risotto for another, a chicken and rice casserole for some classic home  style food, debating a few things for the fourth week still. Of course submssions of all types are welcome at all times, I just want to see some different twists on the same concept some too.  Edit to add, I'm thinking of sushi at the moment for week 4.
     
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  4. koukouvagia

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    Nice!  It's not my forte but what a perfect opportunity to learn.  Ok so I'll submit my stuffed veggies that I made for dinner last night.  This would've gone in the what's for dinner thread but since rice is the stuffer what the heck.  The rice is white Carolina.





     
  5. phatch

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    Very nice. Love the color.

    Why did you choose White Carolina for this dish? 
     
  6. phatch

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    I've got small container of this sitting in my pantry.  (image via Amazon)


    I bought it because it looked interesting but I've never figured out what to do with it. 
     
  7. panini

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    @phatch,

    Oh no, risotto! Where is the egg challenge when you need it?

    I think the sweet side might prevail/img/vbsmilies/smilies/biggrin.gif   Have you had? oh wait, never mind, wait for pic.
     
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  8. teamfat

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    An interesting twist. I've got 3 or 4 dishes right off the top of my head, I may have to schedule them appropriately.

    Rice, like eggs, is such a blank canvas in so many cuisines. As I recall there was an episode of Iron Chef America where the theme ingredient was rice. I may have to dig around and watch that one again.

    mjb.
     
  9. koukouvagia

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    Carolina rice has a wonderful way of falling apart, sometimes I like that, especially for stuffing vegetables and grape leaves.  
     
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    Ello Govnahs!  Sorry, I'm reading a pirate book right now.  My first entry: Smoked pig skin risotto, roasted shiitake mushrooms, and fresh peas.   The pig skin was off a bacon I smoked.  Does the term micro brunoise apply to non vegetables?

     
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  11. phatch

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    Thanks for sharing the insight. 
     
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    Interesting concept. How was the texture of the skin in this application?  chewy, soft, I could see it going either way. 
     
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    @phatch   definitely chewy.  That's why I cut it very small and didn't use too much.  Maybe I will boil the skin in pork stock in a pressure cooker first next time? I also started by toasting the risotto in some bacon lardon fat.  The smoky pork fat flavors definitely came through.

    PS I just clicked on your Dune quote bahahaah.  I'm reading Children of Dune now.  I put it off because I thought the later books would be terrible (and they are), but the plot of God Emperor is just so hilarious that I have to read it.
     
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    This is gonna be interesting!

    I love rice, but mainly because of the dishes it goes with.

    Gonna have to broaden my horizon......
     
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    The line is in the song too, which is why it stuck out to me because of the Dune reference.
     
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    Going to count wild rice as rice(it is really a grass).?
     
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    I was planning my first dish for tomorrow, but while plating up tonight's dinner decided it was worth a mention. The pork chop was rubbed with a paste of garlic, fresh oregano and rosemary. I like going out to the garden and snipping fresh herbs.  The rice I'll discuss in more detail tomorrow, the sauce is about 2 tablespoons of melted, salted butter, about a half tablespoon of soy sauce and a couple pinches of turmeric. Karen really likes it, as do I.

    And when was the last time you saw a slice of tomato on a bed of cottage cheese?

     
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    My mom used to do that so I do it usually whenever I make a cold plate (tuna salad, a couple olives, and Ritz crackers to finish it out!)
     
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    My mock paella.... :