I knew it was a sin. I recognized that it was wrong. As the author of the I LOVE FOOD DIET, I felt personally responsibility for this reckless and wanton offence. How could I have known it would go so far? I HAD to repair the damage that was about to be done. I had to make it better. What about the children???
It all started last week at my son’s “Pot Luck” dinner. These annual school events bring all the mommy’s and daddy’s together for an evening of eating and drinking. All participants are invited to bring “something” to the event.
One very generous parent ordered a HUGE “Hawaiian BBQ “, complete with trays of marinated beef, bbq chicken, salad and a TON OF RICE.
Imagine the largest tin tray you have ever seen…now double it. This humongous tin chafing dish was filled to the brim with steamed white rice. While a staple in most Asian countries, rice is a big no-no on the I LOVE FOOD DIET.
I was happy to discuss my philosophy on my low carb diet, shamelessly self promoting my blog to anyone who would listen. I proudly noticed that most of the parents were avoiding the break basket and instead loading their plates with carb free snacks. I gleefully noticed that the macaroni salad remained untouched and the rice had barely a dent .
At the end of the evening, everyone was invited to take home some leftovers. The BBQ chicken was gobbled up, the beef was packed away, the sushi was carefully re-parceled, however the barely dented rice stood there, lonely, longing for a home. No one wanted to take home the rice! Because of my blabbering about carbs and the need to avoid them, this vat of rice was going to be thrown into the garbage!
While I live by the mantra, “It’s not a waste if it ends up on your waist,” I am also smart enough to recognize an extremely unnecessary waste when I see one. I could not stand by and let this atrocity take place. I quickly devised a plan.
“You guys gotta take home the rice.” I beseeched my fellow parents. When all I got was blank stares, I desperately grabbed at straws and pleaded, “What about the children???”
As I finally got their attention I proceeded to launch into my Save the Rice speech.
“Dont you know the BEST fried rice is made from day-old white rice?” I proudly informed my growing audience. “Dont your kids like fried rice?”
It’s a well-known fact that stale or day old rice is the best way to make fried rice. The dried-up grains soak up the oil, soy sauce and other flavors better than freshly made rice. Fresh rice tends to be soft, sticky, starchy and slightly gummy. That consistency makes for a mushy fried rice, while the day-old rice makes for the tastier traditional versions you eat at most Chinese Restaurants.
I proceeded to promote how easy it was to make Fried Rice, using leftover white rice. I listed all the different variations one can make; Pork Fried Rice, Beef Fried Rice, Chicken Fried Rice, Vegetable Fried Rice, Bacon Fried Rice and even SPAM Fried Rice (read my post – What the hell is SPAM for further info).
When some parents continued to object, claiming that they were going out-of-town or did not have time to make the dish, I was quick to counter, “Well, you can always freeze it.”
Without giving them a chance to respond, I grabbed the box of Ziploc baggies and filled them with ladles of the white rice.
I am proud to say that I was successfully able to dole out ALL of the white rice to the attendees. “Your children will love it!” I assured the slightly tipsy parents as I bid them adieu.
While it may not be a waste, if it ends up on YOUR waist, It is NOT a waste when it ends up in growing childrens tummys. 🙂
Chow for now!