I cheated a little, because it is not yet my birthday, but I opened one of my gifts (thank you mom): a fantastic rice cooker.
The rice cooker, as the name suggests, cooks rice. It is an essential utensil of Japanese cuisine. It is also an essential tool to make good sushi rice without panicking about the temperature, cooking time, etc. The manual is quite simple: put all the ingredients in, the water needed and press start. The cattle alone calculates the cooking time, stops by itself and keeps food warm. Mine is also programmable (delayed start) so I could prepare everything in the morning, when I know that I am going home late, and the rice cooker starts up so that everything is ready when I arrive. I’m surprised he does not do more coffee… 🙂
These small machines do more than just cook rice (even various forms and genres): legumes, vegetables, and even cakes.
For its first firing, I decided to make a cake… matcha (Japanese green tea powder). I stole the recipe on the blog Clea http://www.cleacuisine.fr, which makes organic food, 90% vegetarian, with a strong Japanese influence. Which is very good for what I have.
The result is a little weird. I expected a Martian cloud out of my rice cooker, but instead I had a little dry and brown cake (the appearance is not very welcoming).
It is a cake with matcha. The taste of tea is present, it is quite edible although a little dry. With a drink or a cream of something, it would be perfect.
I think I would do an attempt by changing little things to try to have a real Martian cloud.
And next time, I promise, I’ll cook rice 🙂
EDIT: The recipe, with image of Martian cloud is here and for those too lazy to click:
- 2 eggs
- 50 g butter
- 75 gr flour
- 50 g sugar
- 2 tablespoons matcha tea
- 1 tbsp levurechimique
- 1 pinch salt
- Mix eggs and sugar to a foam
- Where Clea said to pass the butter in the microwave for a minute, I’ve left at room temperature, up to mix the egg + sugar
- Mix flour, yeast, salt and tea
- Mix all together
- Put to bake in the rice cooker