When I was a kid, a staple food was rice with warm milk, sugar and cinnamon. Mmmm Just the thought of that stuff makes me hungry! When Mom and Dad weren't going to be home in time for dinner, it was a toss up which one I'd have, cereal or rice.
A couple weeks ago I was cruising through Target for nothing in particular, just a place to get Axel out of the house for a bit. Those are the most dangerous trips, really. My word I can spend more money there on absolutely nothing that I've suddenly decided I need.
So there we were at Target when I stumble upon this thing
Do you know what it is? I didn't. I had no clue, but it looked like a gadget I would be interested in, so I picked up the box and read it.
A rice cooker/steamer thingy!
Says it cooks rice (the real stuff, not minute rice!) in a matter of minutes. AND AND AND you can put the top tray on and steam veggies or meat in the top, essentially cooking an ENTIRE meal at one time. Seriously, it showed an entire meal in there on the box! All.in.one.container!
This is a device designed just for me! I had no idea such a thing existed, but that's really no surprise since I usually avoid the kitchen at all costs. (my adult kids and Dean can tell you why they're glad I do.) I quickly went from kitchen gadgets isle to the grocery area and picked up rice. Lots of rice. I was going to relive my childhood.
As I drove home with this treasure in the car, all I could think of was rice with warm milk, sugar and cinnamon. Axel and I carried our things into the house and I opened the box, popped the thing on the counter and put it all together. It looked like a mystery...hmmm...ok fine I'll read the instructions. This thing is SO SIMPLE to use. I know, because I can use it.
Fifteen minutes later Axel and I were enjoying a heavenly snack, and my tummy was happy. Axel seemed to like it too! Not too long later Dean came home, saw what we were having and he dove in too. Then called his twin brother and said, "Guess what I'm having!" because apparently this was a snack the two of them had shared a lot when they were growing up.
Life is good now. I can live off rice and cereal, I'm pretty sure. I'll probably gain 30 pounds and develop problems with my blood sugar, but my tummy will be happy.
Oh, and the full meal thing? Yeah, I haven't tried that yet. Why? Who needs anything besides rice?