Spicy Rice

Yet another variation on rice!


A great accompaniment to our Beef Rendang this dish also goes great with other beef, chicken and pork dishes.

Ingredients (serves 4)

The basic ingredients needed to make our Spicy Rice. The basic ingredients needed to make our Spicy Rice.

  • 250g White Rice.
  • 1 ½ Tbsp Rapeseed Oil.
  • 1 Red Chilli (Finely Diced).
  • 1 Brown Onion (Finely Diced).
  • 500ml Chicken Stock.
  • 2 ½ Tbsp water.
  • 1 Bay Leaf.
  • ½ tsp Ground Turmeric.
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick.
  • A pinch Of Ground Cayenne Pepper.
  • 1 Salad Onion.


Heat the oil in a pot over a medium heat. Add the diced Onion and Chilli to the pot and cook for a few minutes until softened, but not coloured. Break the cinnamon stick in half and add to the pot along with the Turmeric. Add the Rice and stir for 2 minutes fully mixing the rice with the other ingredients. The rice will turn yellow at this stage due to the turmeric, but…

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Season Of The Rice

Festival of Rice!


Tribal Dance on rice harvest. Tribal Dance on rice harvest.

The picture was taken during one of the Begnas Festival of Ilocos Sur in Galimuyod, Ilocos Sur.

It is now the season of harvesting rice. There have always been a connection between the season of rice and the tribal tradition of dancing tadek, playing gangsa and chanting of traditional songs.

Today, tradition has changed and so with the ways of farmers using now farming implements and equipments.

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Rice flan with apple.

Another ingenious use of rice!

Rose's Little Garden

Autumn is apple-season, so I’m using them in as many recipes as I can. Today I want to share something with you that’s a little different. I’m making a rice flan with apples! I’m hoping you’ll like it, because I absolutely adore this recipe!

Leeeeeet’s go!

What you’ll need: 

-150 grams of rice (preferably the kind you use for sushi, but plain rice is alright too)
-Milk (you’ll see how much you need in the recipe itself! :))
-210 grams of vanilla sugar
-25 grams of butter
-4 eggs, split
-500 milliliters of water
-500 grams of apples (that’s around 5/7 apples), peeled and cut into pieces

-A bowl
-A mixer
-A measuring cup
-Two pans
-A springform (or baking dish, whichever you prefer)


Now let’s get going!

Step one:
Preheat your oven to 200℃ (392ºF) and put baking paper in your springform.

Step two: 
Wash your rice…

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Rice, saving your electronics.

So, you’ve dropped your phone in some water…..damn it, what do you do now!  Well if you’ve ever found yourself in that situation you’ve probably googled something like, “What do I do when I drop my phone in water!” and you’ll probably see some people suggesting to dunk your phone in some rice.  Why on Earth would you do that?  Well, it turns out rice actually does have some “phone drying” properties!

Believe it!

Rice is a dessicant material/food substance, which means that it’s able to suck up moisture in its vicinity.  Fill an air tight container with some rice and it will quickly become dryer than the Sahara desert!  Much like silica gel, those little packets which say “do not eat!”, rice is great for keeping electronics dry.  While silica gel is used to avoid moisture build up in electronics it can also be used to suck up any existing moisture!

Not that much water…

When using rice to save your precious electronics be sure to use raw (uncooked) rice!  Cooked rice belongs in your mouth.  If you can get your hands on flaked rice all the better!  The added surface area will turn the average rice grain into a super duper water absorption machine.  Basmati is ranked as the most efficient rice absorber with brown rice labelled as the least but really any rice will do.

Yay, learning!

Now that we’ve equipped you with this knowledge we hope you’ll gain a deeper appreciation and love for rice, the greatest staple food on this planet!


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