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I’ve been eating gluten free, as much as possible, for nearly a year. I’ve found it a relatively easy process, and I’ve tracked down gluten free alternatives for my staples, plus I’m eating more rice.
Just one problem. I can’t cook rice to save my life. Once … just once, I managed to make a pot of perfectly steamed jasmine rice. Usually, I wind up ruining my manicure scrubbing rice off the bottom of a pot. I’ve resorted to microwave pouches of instant rice (the less said about that the better). One night, I even had an emergency trip to the local sushi bar for a plastic bucket of steamed rice. $3 very well spent.
When the Welshman cooked rice, I always used to implore him to cook double the quantity – so I could freeze it in portions. Defrosted rice isn’t great rice – but it’s better than the rice I was turning out. I even invented the curry-in-a-bun meal for Boyo one evening, because I just couldn’t face the trial by fire that cooking rice is for me.
Enter Kambrook and their Kambrook Rice Master! Talk about a life changing experience. My new kitchen BFF’s official title is the Kambrook 5 Cup Rice Master stainless steel rice cooker and steamer. I was surprised to discover the retail price was only $39.95. I’d pay double that and consider it a bargain. I received mine for trial and review purposes.
Not only is it easy peasy lemon squeezy to create the perfect fluffy rice Every Single Time, but this little baby comes with accessories. It’s just like a Barbie doll, except more useful.
There’s a measuring cup to perfect the rice-to water quotient (plus the non-stick removable cooking bowl with water level markings), and a steaming tray. Steamed dumplings? No problem. Perfectly cooked fish? Sorted. Steamed vegetables? No fail kale.
The Kambrook Rice Master has an easy to operate jar style lid that locks into place, has a removable water reservoir to collect steam runoff, one-touch operation and even a keep warm setting. The compact size, combined with the ability to create up to 10 cups of perfect rice and steaming function, makes it a fab family kitchen essential for even the most bench space deprived homes.
I’m sharing some of my favourite easy peasy lemon squeezy recipes that I’ve whipped up with my Kambrook rice cooker.
Tuna & Bean Leafy Rice Salad | Kambrook Rice Cooker
I work from home, and sometimes get so engrossed in my work that I forget to eat. I know right. It takes a special kind of stupid to forget something as important as food. I needed to create a quick go to meal that I can whip up myself.
We always have a bag of fresh mixed salad in our fridge. Whilst I love salad, it’s not enough alone to give me the energy I need. Adding a can of tuna for protein, a can of mixed beans for fibre and antioxidants and some steamed rice for healthy carbs turns a bag of salad into a delicious and healthy meal.
Alternatively, if you have large crunchy leaves, use them to wrap some of the rice, tuna and bean mixture into a leaf, like a tuna burrito.
Steamed Vegetables | Kambrook Rice Cooker
I love that my rice cooker multitasks as a steamer. Boyo loves his steamed dumplings and they’re cooked to perfection in the Kambrook Rice Master.
Where the steaming function has been coming into its own for me is whilst I’m finishing browning off some organic chicken breast on the stove, I can whack some spinach and kale into my rice cooker for nicely steamed vegetables to add to my salad.
Organic rocket, wilted kale and spinach, organic grilled chicken breast combined in a large bowl and tossed with some EVOO and a little balsamic vinegar and mirin, or a little vino cotto, makes a delicious and healthy meal.
If I’m particularly hungry, I’ll cook some rice at the same time to add to the dish.
Gluten Free Pasta cooked risotto style | Kambrook Rice Cooker
I invented this recipe in conjunction with the Casa Barilla team when I attended a workshop to discover the Barilla Gluten Free pasta range. The gluten free pasta is made from corn and rice, which lends itself to risotto-style cooking.
Always one to look for an easier and more efficient way of doing things, I decided to cook this recipe in my Kambrook rice cooker.
- Green prawns
- Barilla Gluten Free Pasta Elbows
- Liquid stock (I use chicken)
- White wine (or verjuice)
- Pepper and chilli flakes
- Olive oil
I added a splash of olive oil to the non stick cooking bowl, added some defrosted raw prawns and about half a box of Barilla gluten free pasta elbows (roughly 170g). Next, I poured in a good glassful of white wine (half a glass of verjuice is a decent substitute), about two cups (500mL) of liquid stock and added a little cracked pepper and chilli flakes for flavour.
Using a non-scratch silicon spoon, I mixed the ingredients together before switching the machine to cook mode.
Whilst waiting for it to cook (about 10-15 minutes), I chopped some broccoli. When it was steaming quite merrily, I opened the lid to check the consistency. Almost al dente but still a little crunchy is the perfect time to add the broccoli.
When it had finished cooking, I stirred in a good knob of butter and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, before plating up a delicious meal that my whole family enjoys. It’s so delicious that I’ve been known to have leftovers for breakfast.
Check that out! Deliciousness! Also the only way I can get Boyo to eat broccoli.
I’m not pretending that I’m a good cook (I’m a fab baker though!). Juggling pots and pans and timing everything to be ready at the same time? Kills me.
These are pretty simple recipes, but good food doesn’t have to be complicated nor does cooking have to be time consuming.
I’m loving being able to cook rice and keep it warm whilst I’m cooking the vegetables and meat, for my family. My rice is always perfectly fluffy and my dumplings always steamed flawlessly (not a euphemism – but doesn’t it sound like a fabulous one!)
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Brought to you by Kambrook and Kids Business – I received a Kambrook Rice Master for trial and review purposes