You know, it’s funny the things that are said early on in a marriage and they just stick with you. In this instance the subject is rice.
You see, until last week, I thought my husband hated rice. Early on in our marriage he sort of sighed this exaggerated sigh when I told him what we were having for dinner one night. He went on to explain that when he was overseas in the military he ate enough rice, to never want to eat rice again. Being the intuitive wife that I am….. I got the message and the rice eating in our menus went down to less than once a month.
No biggie, I thought, I can live without rice.
Now, here we are 10 years later. I started to miss rice. Not to mention that it is such an economical way to add a starch into a meal. I jumped back into the pool with cooking brown rice. I figured overseas he had white boring sticky rice…. and well brown rice tasted different. Right? I worked hard to flavor my rice, I cooked it in chicken broth, added onions or other spices to the broth to brighten and broaden the flavor profiles of the meal.
He ate it, but never really raved about it. So I figured he still didn’t like rice, but he was being a good daddy and politely eating it in front of the kids.
Last week we went out on a date and ended up at PF Chang’s ( thanks Chad!) and when the waiter asked if we wanted rice, I cringed, knowing my husband’s aversion.
But he ordered brown rice.
I pretended not to be shocked.
As we were eating, he tasted the rice, and commented on its nutty rich flavor. He then went on to say it was good, “But not as good as your rice, babe.” I threw him a look that contained much eye rolling and a look that said, “ Oh, brother…” I reminded him how much he detested rice.
He explained that he did, or rather used to. He told me that I added flavor to rice, and that made all the difference.
It only took 10 years for me to figure it out. HA!
Here is a little recipe I use for “Spanish” rice. It is really easy, and it isn’t red and tomato-ey.
2 cups white long grain rice
1 – 10 ounce can Green Enchilada Sauce
In a 4 cup measuring cup, pour the contents of the can of Green Enchilada Sauce. Add water to the cup to make 4 cups of liquid.
Cook rice as directed on package.
(this rice is pictured on the final photo in Braised BBQ Short Ribs)