RICE

Rice Maker Review

Recently I won a giveaway over at Lisa’s website. I put the money towards the Zojirushi Electric Rice Cooker and Warmer.

Features:

  • Easy-to-use single switch control
  • Automatic keep warm system keeps rice fresh for hours
  • Durable nonstick inner cooking pan
  • Side condensation collector

Specifications:

  • Capacity: 5.5 cups

I was so excited when it arrived!

Sunday I finally had a chance to use it. It had been about a month since I got it and just never found the time to use it.

Sunday night I wanted an easy dinner because we’d spent all day traveling home from Seattle and doing chores around the house. I used brown rice and did 1.5 cups water and 1 cup of beef broth. It was all I had left in the fridge.

The instructions were really easy to follow.

I’m really glad that I bought the rice maker because it will be an easy way to make dinner in the future.

I made the mistake of not noting what time I turned the rice maker to “cook” so I have no idea how long the rice took to cook. I think maybe 30 minutes? Next time I will have to pay attention. It chimed and turned to the “Warm” setting.

While the rice was cooking I made the salmon. I defrosted the salmon fillets and mixed together the glaze.

I spooned Dijon Mustard into a bowl and mixed in brown sugar until it was smooth.

It was sweet with a little bit of a bite from the mustard. I poured the glaze on top of the fish.

I wrapped the salmon loosely in foil and then baked it at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.

I steamed some peas to go with dinner while the salmon baked.

Everything was done at about the same time.

The rice cooker didn’t keep the rice quite as warm as I would have wanted. But maybe next time it will be better.

I poured some of the leftover glaze on the rice.

The salmon turned out perfectly baked. Not dried out, moist and flaky. I mixed the peas in with the rice.

The rice was pretty great. Not hot but not burned, not dried out, it tasted good. I am really happy about the rice maker and the way the rice turned out.

Plus it was super easy to clean the cooker. There wasn’t any rice burned onto the bottom like my old rice cooker used to do.

A great purchase!

QUESTION: What is your favorite rice dish?

Walking Like John Wayne

AKA… The Day After Hood to Coast

After sleeping for 14 hours, Sunday was spent working on my photos from Hood to Coast and trying to write blog posts about it while it was still fresh in my mind. I could barely walk on Sunday. It felt like every time I tried to walk my right knee locked up. It took about 2 minutes of maneuvering to try and lower myself down on the toilet or a chair. Michael was sweet and did my laundry, cooked meals for me and helped me with the computer stuff.

Even though I was tired and sore, I was feeling pretty good!

Before dinner time, Michael and I went for a walk. I was starting to loosen up and was feeling a lot better. We walked up and down our street and then walked down to the track I run on. We did two laps around the track and headed back to the house. I was feeling okay. I think the walk helped.

Michael grilled up a steak for dinner. It turned out really tender and delicious. I definitely needed the protein, too. He also grilled up the zucchini I got from a coworker.

It was nice that Michael took care of everything on Sunday. I was feeling scattered and emotional. I hadn’t fully realized how emotional I’d be during and after Hood to Coast.

I also did not realize how HUNGRY I’d be after Hood to Coast. As I write this post it’s now Monday and I’ve been starving since Saturday night. Literally. It feels like my stomach wants to eat itself. The steak dinner was really good but it barely made a dent in my hunger. After dinner Michael and I watched Mad Men, ate ice cream and I iced my ankle.

I was still hungry after eating all of that stuff! God! I ate a Fiber One bar and a glass of milk to see if that helped. Still hungry. I decided to just go to bed and hope it went away. Sunday night I used my Foam Roller for the first time since Hood to Coast. Parts of my body were fine: shins, calves and hamstrings. It felt good to use the Foam Roller. Then I did my quads and IT Bands. OH.MY.GOD. AGONY. I was practically crying and screaming as I did it and Michael yelled at me to stop doing it. I knew it would help my muscles so I had to just suck it up. What can I say? I’m really stubborn.

Monday

Monday and I was able to get out of bed, sit down on the toilet, walk around and get up and down from the chair with no pain. I think the Foam Roller worked!

I went swimming at the gym to loosen up my legs. First, the pool was broken so it was freaking freezing! That was not good. Second, swimming helped immensely.

Doing my laps I had zero pain or discomfort. It was almost as if I hadn’t run 17 miles! πŸ˜‰ After swimming I sat in the hot tub for about 20 minutes. It felt heavenly and I didn’t want to get out of the hot tub.

I met my friend for lunch at Thai Lahnna in Sellwood. I was craving Thai food and I was STARVING. I could not eat enough food to satisfy my hunger. It must be because of Hood to Coast.

I got the spicy Thai soup to start. It came with mushrooms (yuck) but I didn’t eat them. The soup was hot and spicy and tasted great. It really made me feel better, too. I ate about half of it and decided to save room for the Pad Thai.

The Pad Thai was great and exactly what I wanted! It filled me up–finally!

Dinner was more steak. We had left over from the night before. I didn’t mind having steak two nights in a row. I know the protein is good for healing muscles–exactly what I needed.

I opened up a bottle of Pinot Noir we got on our anniversary trip to Hood River. It went great with dinner.

Steak, peas, garlic bread and wine! YUM!

Monday night we got 90 minute massages. It felt so fantastic. My masseuse really helped work out the kinks in my legs. I was able to walk just fine on Monday, too, so I know the healing is going well.

Tuesday

I’d been having chest pains when I breath since Sunday. Tuesday morning I went for another swim. The pool heater was STILL broken and the pool was just too dang cold. πŸ™

I went to the doctor and she said I have costochondritis. It’s an inflammation of a rib or the cartilage connecting a rib. It is a common cause of chest pain. She said that it’s from running almost 17 miles and swinging my arms as I run. She said it should go away soon–just take Advil and use a heating pad on my chest. πŸ™

All in all, if that’s the worst side effect from running Hood to Coast, I’m good with that!