A woman should never complain when her husband is helpful. It’s bad form and she runs the risk of him refusing further attempts. A husband should be rewarded with respect and gratitude when he takes up his domestic hat, and dusts it off before making for the supermarket or the Marigolds.
It was to Costco that Whizz headed, on his way home from a hard day with a customer. I wouldn’t have done that, I’d have wanted to get back and watch the sun set with a gin sling, so I was very grateful and even felt a little guilty (It’s a generation thing) when I accepted his offer and gave him a fairly long list. What I didn’t say was,
Apparently rice can be dangerous if cooked and frozen, then re-heated. There’s a bacterium that can be found in rice. I’ve never met it but here’s a quote from www.nhs.uk:
Uncooked rice can contain spores of Bacillus cereus, a bacterium that can cause food poisoning. When the rice is cooked, the spores can survive. If the rice is left standing at room temperature, the spores can grow into bacteria.
The website doesn’t tell us what the chances are of buying rice containing this bacterium and speaking from experience I have been cooking and freezing rice in portions for years with no ill effects. I’m not saying there is no risk, I’m saying calculate it and make a decision based on evidence.
The main thing is to chill the rice quickly after cooking it. Freeze it in portions – 200g of cooked rice is the size of portion my family looks for. I usually cook it by the bucket load and shovel 600g into each freezer bag for three of us. You may have slightly smaller appetites than us. In our family we are pretty enthusiastic consumers of food.
Having ready cooked rice in the freezer saves a lot of time on a busy evening when kids need to be taken to activities and husbands have to go to meetings – or the pub. Defrost it in the microwave. Bung the bag straight onto the turn table and cook for 2 minutes on full power. You may worry about the chemicals coming from the bag. I don’t, and look, I’m here to tell the tale.
There are a number of quick recipes using pre-cooked rice. Watch this space and they will appear.
Are you getting bored with my brain? I certainly am.
Last weekend we went to visit Horace in Chorley – blooming miles away. We had to wait for Mavis to get home from school, at about 4.30pm, before we could set off, and we were all a bit behind with things as there was a plethora of jobs demanding attention during the day so we finally left home at 5,30pm. Almost immediately the sat-nav began warning of traffic and recalculating our route. The eta became later and later; it was just as well we had agreed to eat en route.
After an hour or two we pulled into a service area on the M1. McDonald’s only – not my favourite. I ordered a 1955 burger (my DOB so it seemed appropriate) and Whizz queued while Mavis and I collected napkins, straws, salt, pepper, ketchup and powdered sweetener from the condiment point.
We found a reasonably clear table and when Whizz arrived I was feeling fairly enthusiastic about my meal due to the lateness of the hour.
‘Pass the salt, please.’ Whizz sprinkled it liberally onto his potato wedges.
I grabbed another packet and shared it between potato wedges and burger before taking a bite.
‘Have these wedges got barbecue flavouring on them?’
‘No, I don’t thinks so.’ Whizz tried another, ‘No, mine are plain.’
Mavis ‘chipped’ in ‘Perhaps you’ve put sugar on them. Ha ha!’