I just made amazing rice in the microwave. What other easy brilliant cooking things can I do?

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I am rubbish at making rice. I always burn it or it just doesn't turn out right. DH, however, is brilliant at it, so he always does it.

However, he's away tonight and I fancied rice. So I decided to look online and see if you can microwave it. Which you can. And it was gorgeous - fluffy and perfect. Here is the recipe (this serves 4):

250g basmati rice
600ml boiling water

1. Put Basmati rice in a large heatproof serving dish with boiling water (I put a chicken stock cube in the water as DH uses stock. He also uses turmeric but I didn't do that, I will next time).
2. Cover with cling film and pierce several times. Cook on high (900W) for 6 minutes, then medium (500W) for 8 minutes.
3. Leave for a few minutes to stand, then remove the cling film to serve.

It was really, really good.

So, what cooking tricks do you know?

Gillyweed001 Wed 02-Jan-13 21:59:06
headfairy Wed 02-Jan-13 22:02:34

Ooh, you should have out this somewhere it wasn't going to go poufff in 90 days. I like the sound of that rice recipe!

Ooh. Where do you think it should be? I only ever really go to chat and AIBU. I could ask for it to be moved if there's a better place for it?

It really was amazing, try it!

I've got everything I need to make that cake. I might just have to try that...

LakeFlyPie Wed 02-Jan-13 23:10:15

Bechamel sauce in microwave, can't believe I've been vigorously stirring pans all these years.
Bung butter, flour and milk in microwave jug / bowl. I whack it on high and whisk every couple of mins until done = lump free sauce and no pan to clean smile

HappyTurquoise Wed 02-Jan-13 23:19:26

Mix leftover Christmas pudding into melted chocolate to make a great tiffin.

Manda472 Wed 02-Jan-13 23:23:34

Does it have to be basmati rice or will any do? Will be definately doing the rice and the cake, so thank you

Manda it was basmati rice in the recipe but I don't see why you couldn't try any rice?

oh by the way, I made it in a little pyrex bowl.

juniperdewdrop Wed 02-Jan-13 23:34:38

I make ds1 the micro sponge with jam. mix 50g sugar with 50g butter (cream it) slowly add 2 tbspns milk mixed with 1 egg. Then fold in 50g SR flour. I give it a good stir but says you should mix slow. Put 2 tbspns jam or syrup in the bottom of micro bowl, pour on mixture. Microwave 3 to 4 mins depending on oven. It'll be springy on top. He loves it. Serve with custard or whatever.

TinyDiamond Wed 02-Jan-13 23:35:28

marking place to try soon, also crap at cooking rice

juniperdewdrop Wed 02-Jan-13 23:40:07

OP I've asked Mumsnet to put this thread in Food then it won't go away.

maxmillie Wed 02-Jan-13 23:42:32

also marking place! what do you mean micro bowl for the sponge? will any old bowl do?

Great thread! Microwave rice sounds fab!

juniperdewdrop Wed 02-Jan-13 23:48:28

Just mean microwave proof, pyrex or something.

thanks juniper, excited to be venturing into new parts of MN! So, rice and cake so far. Anything else?

EIizaDay Thu 03-Jan-13 00:10:29

I always start baked potatoes in the micro but it's important to prick them and wrap each one in a square of kitchen roll. Usually takes about 6 -10 minutes depending on how many are going in and by that time the oven has heated up.

Pop them in the oven to crisp up the skins.

juniperdewdrop Thu 03-Jan-13 00:51:20

everybodysang I think you must have to report it yourself? Just click on report and in the message bit write 'Can you put my thread in Food topic please'.

Billybubbles Thu 03-Jan-13 01:01:26

I do this too with the potatoes Eliza but I just pierce them allover and microwave for 5 to 10 minutes depending on size.Then straight into a hot oven for about 10 to 15 mins to crisp the skins. Is the kitchen paper to prevent them spitting all over the microave?

garlicbaubles Thu 03-Jan-13 01:06:57

Popcorn! For best results you need a paper bag that stands up - lunch bags or prescription bags are good - but you can also do it in a glass or ceramic dish with a plate on top. Sprinkle a small handful of popping corn in the bottom. Fold the top of the bag over twice. Nuke until the pops slow to more than 2 seconds apart - takes one and a half minutes in my machine.

Do not be a smartarse and try adding sugar before cooking. I nearly melted the inside of my microwave shock

JustAHolyFool Thu 03-Jan-13 01:08:50

Poaching eggs in clingfilm.

Crack the egg into clingfilm, tie a knot in it and then put in boiling water.

I've never mastered poached eggs and now I can eat them whenever. Yay.

garlicbaubles Thu 03-Jan-13 01:10:12

Oooh, and meringues! Use one egg white. Mash icing sugar into it with your hands until it reaches a play-doh consistency. Roll it into a sausage, cut slices about half a centimetre thick, microwave them on a plate for 30 secs. If they haven't turned into meringues yet, give them another 30. Works with added flavours & colours.

Woooah, have you all missed lakeflypie 's post?
Bechemal sauce in the microwave???
No constant stirring ??
Really?!
shock

garlicbaubles Thu 03-Jan-13 01:10:57

Holy, that is GENIUS!

garlicbaubles Thu 03-Jan-13 01:11:42

I was impressed, but am dairy free so it mainly made me sad ...

TwoFacedCows Thu 03-Jan-13 01:11:42

These are great. Can't wait to try some tomorrow!

Billybubbles Thu 03-Jan-13 01:15:44

Ok everyone I think you need to have a look at www.mumsnet.com/Talk/_chat/1634510-Whats-your-Top-Tip

happybubblebrain Thu 03-Jan-13 01:16:37

I've just discovered rice in the microwave too, I've been eating it a lot more lately.

Scrambled eggs are good in the microwave.
So is melting chocolate - I can't believe I used to waste time with bowls in boiling water. The microwave works much better.

headfairy Thu 03-Jan-13 12:04:33

everybodysang yes, I think you need to report it to get it moved in to food.

I can't wait to try the rice trick, ds has finally decided he likes rice and it means he doesn't have pasta every day!

I've reported it so we shall see what happens...

I'm also making soup at the moment, I always forget how easy it is till I do it. Anyone got any nice easy soup recipes they'd like to share?

I am definitely trying the bechamel asap too, and the meringues.

TheBoyandTheButton Thu 03-Jan-13 13:08:12

Merangues? Bloody fantastic grin

TwoFacedCows Thu 03-Jan-13 13:09:19

what is the meringue recipe?

IceTheChristmasKateMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 03-Jan-13 16:53:36

Hullo all,

We'll be moving this to food in a mo

juniperdewdrop Thu 03-Jan-13 18:48:30

Happy first thread in food everybodysang grin

fivecandles Thu 03-Jan-13 19:17:48

Omelette in microwave. Much better.

why thank you juniper I feel...moved.

I had forgotten you could do omelette in the microwave, I used to have a great little gadget thing I used to do it. How do you do it 'normally'?

garlicbaubles Fri 04-Jan-13 14:04:06

MICROWAVE OMELETS
3 eggs
2 tbsp. water
1 tbsp. butter
Choice of filling (cheese, onions, green peppers, olives, bacon, ham or whatever)
Salt and pepper
Whisk 3 eggs and 2 tablespoons water together. Meanwhile, melt 1 tablespoon butter in a 9-inch glass pie dish in the microwave for 45 seconds. Pour eggs in dish, cover (another 9-inch pie dish works great), then microwave 1 1/2 minutes. Then turn over by flipping into the other pie plate. Place filling of your choice on half of omelet; fold and microwave for 1 1/2 minutes.

Lots of similar versions.

I scramble eggs: A dollop of oil, two dollops of water, 2 eggs, salt & pepper, mash in bowl with fork. Nuke 30 secs, mash again, nuke again.

If you whisk the eggs it forms a pleasing sort of eggy cake. If you whisk them properly and cover the bowl, it puffs right up smile

lolalotta Fri 04-Jan-13 18:11:52

If you want to make a crumble topping, MELT the butter and stir it into dry ingredients...works a treat and is faster and less messy than rubbing in the butter!!! grin

lolalotta Fri 04-Jan-13 18:13:42

I want to try the microwave rice but my microwave is only 750 watts????

garlicbaubles Fri 04-Jan-13 18:28:41

Ah, yes, lola, I make shortbread the melted way too. It's a tiny bit less good than the traditional method but a hell of a lot quicker and very easy to clean up!

Melt sugar into butter in pan over lowish heat. Add remaining dry ingredients, keep stirring. Mixture forms a convenient ball, comes away from sides of pan. Needs less baking as ingredients already part-cooked smile

Just nuke your rice a bit longer.

lola I just looked and my microwave is only 800W. So I'm sure it will be fine!

I love shortbread. I just ate a whole big packet we got for Christmas. Time to try making it this way...just to see if it works, you understand...

Huffpot Sat 05-Jan-13 14:01:28

Fantastic ideas!

StickEmWithThePointyEnd Sat 05-Jan-13 14:09:46

That rice recipe is so usefl thanks!

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