February 15, 2010

Divine Rice

Have you checked out Sophia’s “You Are What You Cook” challenge? (Burp and Slurp is definitely one of my favorite blog finds of 2010, by the way.) If not, go ahead. I’ll wait.

Are you done yet? I’m bored.

So the idea is to create a signature dish that actually defines the chef in a way, either literally or metaphorically. I was so intrigued by the idea that I decided I wanted to give it some thought.

Turns out I didn’t have many thoughts.

But one night last week I threw together a dinner that was so tasty and satisfying to me, personally, that I knew I wanted to remember how I did it so that I could repeat it.

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It was only after I’d eaten it that I realized it was a great candidate for the “You Are What You Cook” challenge. Improvised entirely from my kitchen staples, a recipe doesn’t get much more “me” than this.

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Divine Rice

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup brown rice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup almond (or other non-dairy) milk
  • 1 tsp coconut oil (optional, but AWESOME)
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 1 tsp miso paste
  • 1 tsp Bragg’s Liquid Aminos (or soy sauce to taste)
  • 1/4 cup dried hiziki seaweed, reconstituted
  • chopped veggies to mix in, as desired (I used about 1 cup frozen green beans and chopped spinach)
  • Gena’s Carrot Miso Dressing for topping, if desired

Directions:

  1. Cook rice in water as directed per package instructions.
  2. Once rice is finished cooking, stir in almond milk, oil, tahini, miso and Bragg’s. Continue to stir over very low heat until well combined and no longer runny.
  3. Stir in seaweed and veggies as desired, making sure all is coated in the rice/milk/flavor mixture.
  4. Serve topped with a generous dollop of Carrot Miso Dressing (or whatever topping best defines you).

Serves 1

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Come to think of it, this recipe would work equally well starting with 1/2 cup leftover cooked rice. Just start at step #2 and proceed per remaining directions above. Much quicker!

So how is it that this “defines me,” you ask? Let’s start with the name. Not the recipe’s name, my name: Diana. (Side note: Paul Anka’s “Diana” just came on the internet radio station I’m listening to right now. Creepy.) According to the all-powerful Google, the meaning of the name Diana is “divine.”

Definitions of the word divine include the following:

  1. Having the nature of or being a deity.
  2. Superhuman; godlike.
  3. Supremely good or beautiful; magnificent.
  4. Heavenly; perfect.

In the interest of full disclosure, one has only to lay eyes on me to see how I embody the above definitions, so let’s just skip to the part where I explain how “divine” applies to the recipe.

See, divine may also mean “extremely pleasant” or “delightful.” A pretty convenient definition to relate to my dinner, eh?

It’s really not more profound than that. I find the combination of the basic ingredients (rice and vegetables) with the chosen flavors (almond, sesame, coconut, miso, Bragg’s) extremely pleasant. That’s why I always keep them around. Always. Next time I do this, the veggies I mix in might be different, depending on the state of my freezer stash, but the formula will remain. That’s the delightful part—it’s super-easy and highly adaptable to what one may have on hand!

Speaking of adaptation, this post comes with bonus material.

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The Divine Rice recipe actually has an express version! You know, because us deities sometimes have better things to do than watch rice cook.

I mentioned earlier that this would be much quicker to make starting with leftover cooked rice, but if rice is simply not an option, period, I thought you might like to know that this can be done really nicely with oatmeal instead.

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The components are the same (though I didn’t add the seaweed in this instance), but rather than rice, I cooked 1/2 cup oats in 1/2 cup water + 1/2 cup almond milk. The rest of the ingredients were added as per the recipe instructions above. The whole thing only takes about 10 minutes!

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I feel pretty confident that this is the kind of dish that is most typically “Diana.” When I don’t have a meal premeditated or a recipe to follow, this is the kind of thing that ends up on my plate. Could be worse!

What kind of meal is typically YOU?

22 comments:

moretolifethanlettuce said...

divine diana! i love sophia's blog too, and the you are what you cook challenge. so fun! i don't know if i have the creativity to whip something up but i should try. your rice looks great!

sophia said...

Diana, you Divine Goddess, you! This is quite the BRILLIANT creation! I loooove it! Thank you for participating in my challenge!!! :D

chrystad72 said...

This is such a gorgeous dish! wow. I love how creamy it looks and the carrot miso dressing just sounds like to would just pull everything together so well. I love rice alot but when you mentioned you could make it with oatmeal that was just too much! It looks and sounds AWESOME. OMG..and I have all the ingredients to make this too. Total score. Thanks so much for sharing this amazing dish girl!!
Have a rockin day!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

Beautiful food, Diana!
Ok so I was actually getting a little worried about you. First, i thought it was my RSS feed but then i realized you were on a break. Breaks are great, but I was just hoping all was well in Diana land. :)

Hope you had a great Vday, Miss Diana!

Gabriela said...

This sounds great! Such a perfect representation of you :)I still have to get cracking on this challenge!

Gina said...

Yes, Diana, you truly ARE Divine, in every sense of the definition! And, this recipe is amazing. It sounds so delicious. Just like you, I love to create things from what I already have at home, and I like to put together ingredients that may sound random, but that really taste brilliant when combined. I want to try this carrot miso dressing. I LOVE miso, and carrot of course, and I think the combination sounds really great. You've taken Sophia's and really done something great with it, nice job! Oh, and I really have to get some coconut oil, it's popping up in so many recipes lately and I've NEVER tried it!

katherine said...

You are, most certainly, divine! Both godlike an absolute pleasure, just as this dish likely is. I agree that it perfectly embodies you, your kitchen mantra and your style, and it looks fabulous (just like you)!

Sophie @ yumventures said...

This is great! I saw Sophia's post, too, but cannot think of a meal (yet) that would describe me. Your creation is wonderful!

Gena said...

Well, if this dish = Diana, it only confirms what I know already, which is that you are beautiful, life-giving, and delicious!

elise said...

anything with chickpeas or hummus i guess would be "me", but thats very broad since im fairly certain there are many others in the food blog world who feel pretty strongly about them as well...hmmm...seems like a top chef challenge!

Mo Diva said...

I feel challenged to think of a recipe that represents me.

Your divine rice looks creamy and delish and I think i can re-create this baby at home!

Im off to think of a recipe that is ME

Fayinagirl (means Free One) said...

You ARE divine!!! ;-) Such a joy to read your blog.

What food defines me? Ha! I am not easily defined. Ask anyone who knows me. Although they might say something "green" and involving the world "granola". LOL!

mrssturgis said...

You know, I have never tried to savory oats, and I know you have mentioned to me, but... I am scared! Why is that?

Either way, your Divine Rice looks Delicious!

Caronae said...

I love your explanation and your recipe! I don't really like rice, but I could definitely see myself trying the oats version. And you are divine indeed! I did one too with a healthified french toast. Mmmm...

Gelareh @ Nutritious Foodie said...

Oh wow that meal does look AMAZING. I love meals that use a couple ingredients... don't take too long to cook and are yumelicious...:)

Christine (The Raw Project) said...

Awesome creation, it looks so good - love carrot miso dressing!

Elina said...

From reading your blog, I'd say this is definitely a Diana meal. :) Looks really delicious. Kind of like an Asian risotto.

Diana @ frontyardfoodie said...

I love Burp + Slurp!

I would have to think long and hard about this one. I can't imagine what my signature style dish would be. I'm such a random cook. I literally cook exactly what's on my mind and it never really makes sense but it always has the flavor I want. I'm gonna give this a try though!

Katie ♥ said...

Wow that looks amazing!! I bet it tastes just as amazing too!!!

Hope you are great girl!!

xoxo

Marina said...

That looks really good, like a risotto... that's something I'd definitely try! :)

Shannon said...

this looks absolutely amazing, i will go to bed dreaming of how it tasted ;) certainly a dish perfect for the challenge!

Joanne said...

I love this dish! All the more because of your explanation as to how it describes your personality. I had very few ideas at first as well but then just thought about the kinds of things that I crave...apparently they represent my personality pretty well!