Monday, July 30, 2012

Peruvian White Rice

Peruvian White Rice

Ok, so I know what your thinking....just a rice recipe? Really? As an anti-glutite don't I eat enough rice? K, I get it, trust me I do. Here me out though....This recipe will change the way you think about white rice. Plus, if your like me, you will not be able to eat plain ol' steamed rice again hehehe. It's seriously so good you could sit down and chow down with a bowl filled to the brim. It's really that tasty. It stands on it's own as a side dish and it's really so easy to put together. Plus, it's a great way to mix up that versitile grain we have all grown to love. I learned how to prepare my rice this way from my husband who served in Peru for an LDS Mission.

K, so to start, warm up 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil in a rice pot on medium heat then add 2-3 crushed or minced garlic cloves. Garlic burns very easily, so keep the temperature medium low. All you want to do is lightly saute it to bring out the most flavor.  Sprinkle salt on the garlic and oil then add 2 cups hot water and bring to a boil. While water is getting to the boiling point, rinse one cup white rice under cold water then add to the boiling water. Cover then reduce heat to a medium/high. Then the rest is pretty much what we all have come to expect from cooking rice. Allow to cook for a good 20 or so minutes. When the rice is cooked leave the lid on, turn off heat, and allow rice to rest for at least 15 minutes. Don't get antsy to remove the lid and dig in. The rice grains need to sit and relax after they have been cooked. This will keep them from getting mushy or sticky. Once your rice has rested and slightly cooled the last step is to add another 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil and salt to taste. Be sure to toss the rice with a fork to ensure the oil and salt is distributed evenly. Then add a bit of cracked pepper and your done :)

Peruvian Rice

3 tablespoons olive oil (divided)
2-3 crushed garlic cloves
2 cups water
1 cup rinsed white rice
Salt and pepper to taste

On medium heat saute the garlic in 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil then sprinkle with salt. Add the water and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add the rinsed rice then lower heat to medium/high, cover, and cook for 20ish minutes. When rice is finished cooking, turn off burner and allow rice to sit for at least 15 minutes covered. After rice has rested, add the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil then add salt and pepper to taste while tossing with a fork.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Pony Express Adventures

Well hello everybody!

Ok, so I thoroughly appologize for the lack of posts. here in Utah land life has been quite a bit crazy to say the least. We have been busy little bee's over here with our business of installing Real Estate signs then our fun horse adventures, enjoying the outdoors, and gardening. I DO miss blogging, so I figured, I will do a post at least once a month, but will shoot for more ;)

So my first post is to share our Pony Express adventure. For those who are not horsey nerds the Pony Express reinacts the carrying of the mail on horseback from St. Louis Missouri to San Fransico CA all on horseback 24 hours until the mail is delivered. We also try to maintain the same route and traditions of the original riders (well, aside from preferably being orphaned young boys hahaha!) Some of those traditions include carrying a bible during your run and ensuring we are all sworn in prior to the ride. This year's run put me in the desert which is pretty much in the middle of nowhere. I actually enjoy riding in the desert....well aside from blistering heat and needing to be donned in the uniform of a long sleeve shirt, kercheif, and vest. Being that it was nearing the 100's made for a roasty toasty run. As I didn't have the luxory of spending the night, I left my house at 2 a.m. to meet the other riders at 4. I'm sure my poor horse thought I was stir crazy loading him up at that ghastly hour in the morning. Overall the run went well. the mail wasn't TOO far behind, so there wasn't much waiting around to do. Which, I might add, we do quite a bit when carrying the mail. I hadn't participated in the Pony for a few years while my little one was well...little. Now that she is older I figured this would be a good year to rejoin :) I'm glad I did. I really missed my Pony Express family. Utah is divided into two "families" and I was so happy to see my family had not changed much. Man, I have to chuckle at some of those hard core old timer cowboys who ride year after year. One of my family members is pushing 80 and he is a bit ummmm....scary to watch. I swear he is either going to fall asleep or just plain topple off his mount on his rides. Yet, that fella cowboys up and rides year after year :)

Alrighty, guess that's enough chatter, how about some pictures?

This is the Pony Express Monument out in the desert. It was such a pretty morning.

Another lovely morning shot.

This is the monument and an original (restored) XP station cabin.

The first rider in our family taking the mail.

My Pony and I waiting for our turn :)

Waiting some more (sorry cell phone pic)...

More waiting.....get the picture??

Waiting is over and we got the mochilla loaded with the mail!

Aaaaaaand we are OFF!

Go Smokey GO!

All done with our first 2 mile run (boy he sure does look arabianish here)

My little pony did good!

Thanks everyone for reading and catching up with a little Pink Cowgirl adventure. Till next time!