Wednesday, February 3, 2016

JASMINE RICE AND JUNKYARDS - Recipes and Writing Prompts

I hope you've been enjoying the Recipes and Writing Prompt series of blogs. Look for many more Author Guest Blogs in the future, as well as, an additional new series of blogs starting in February entitled Spot the Lie Mondays . ~Lynda~

Drying Rice - Photo Credit
(J) Day - Jasmine Rice

Jasmine rice is a long-grain variety of rice that has a sweet aromatic fragrance. This rice is grown primarily in Thailand and Cambodia.  It is still about three times more sticky than American long-grain rice and comes in a variety of both brown and white.

Recipe: Simple Jasmine Rice Side dish

My family loves rice and sometimes it's hard to find a different, but simple way to prepare it as a side dish. I've fiddled with this recipe over the years and it works very well with almost any  entree. 

First, I lightly saute the following ingredients in 1 Tablespoons olive oil in a saucepan:

1 cup diced onion
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
2 teaspoons minced fresh basil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup slivered almonds (I add the almonds after the onions have become slightly glazed because the almonds tend to brown quickly.)

When the almonds have become a toasty color, I then add 2 cups boiling vegetable stock and 
1 cup Jasmine rice. Stir well and cover the saucepan. Reduce heat to low and cook, covered for about 20-25 minutes. When all the liquid had been absorbed, uncover and fluff with a fork. It's ready to serve.

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Writing Prompt Theme:

Junk Yards
- A place where scrap is collected before being discarded, reused, or recycled.

Writing Prompt:

You've taken a wrong turn while traveling alone. At dusk you come to this junkyard and decide to stop and ask for directions to the nearest gas station. After searching for thirty minutes, you haven't been able to find anyone around. It's getting dark, you're almost out of gas, and your cell phone isn't getting a signal. Then, you hear what sounds like a child's weak cry...

In a hundred words or less, describe your first thought, your first emotion, your first action. Use impelling imagery and strong verbs.

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  1. Love Jasmine rice! Thank you for the recipe. This is a great series of posts, Lynda

    1. Yum. It's one of my favorite varieties. Thanks so much for dropping in, IIona.

  2. What, no Indian food? LOL that's what I always think of with Jasmine Rice. Love the writing prompt--a real cliffhanger.

    1. Most people do think of Indian food when you mention Jasmine rice. I didn't know that at the time and bought some to see what all the hoop-la was about, and just ended up liking really well. Thanks for visiting,Andrea

  3. Sounds delicious! Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. Hi Mary. Thanks for taking the time to say hello.