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AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 30-Sep-11 10:14:41

We've been asked by Tilda to find out how you feel about cooking with rice. Please take the survey linked to below - it's open to all Mumsnetters in the UK

Everyone who takes the survey and adds their details at the end will be entered into a prize draw where one lucky MNer will win £250 of John Lewis vouchers.

Here's the link

In addition, if you're interested in joining the Tilda Taste Panel please email and we will pass on your email address and details to the team (no obligation but you will be sent information)


midnightexpress Fri 30-Sep-11 10:21:59

Done. But panic attacks and dizziness when cooking rice? Seriously? confused

sparklystar Fri 30-Sep-11 10:22:01


Madlizzy Fri 30-Sep-11 10:22:12

Done. :D

Gincognito Fri 30-Sep-11 10:23:06

Question number five is very peculiar!

I think it needs a question on how you cook rice. We have a rice cooker (dh is Japanese) so cooking rice is easy peasy. Cup of rice, water up to the line, press the on button. We wouldn't eat nearly as much rice without one.

midnightexpress Fri 30-Sep-11 10:26:54

Yes, we do too gincognito - I blimmin love my rice cooker, and never cook rice without it.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 30-Sep-11 10:29:56

Gincognito - good share tips here [school of rinse under cold tap, boiling water, boil, drain, serve in this household!] and occasional microwave pack

Purplebuns Fri 30-Sep-11 10:30:45

Done, what is hard about cooking rice? + Scared of a tin of tomatoes pmsl

JeremyVile Fri 30-Sep-11 10:34:52

That is the oddest survey...

Gincognito Fri 30-Sep-11 10:39:44

We rinse thoroughly and stand the rice in the water for at least 10 mins before cooking. We also allow it to stand after cooking for a while as my dh swears all this improves the flavour hmm. What's more, when I make my hmm face he claims that I don't have the required sensitivity of the soul or artistry to speak the language of rice. To be fair he can get the rice/water ratio correct by communing sight alone.

zipzap Fri 30-Sep-11 10:44:23


AnnMumsnet [whispers] unless you are thinking that there are lots of us out here with poetic pottery it might be worth changing the 'cupbard' in q6 wink

Nyx Fri 30-Sep-11 10:53:23


An0therName Fri 30-Sep-11 10:56:50

I agree panic attacks seems most unlikly - my DH doesn't cook rice through as he feels it he gets it wrong
I soak before hand too, add smallish amount of water and also normally let it stand

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 30-Sep-11 10:58:59

cheers zipzap!

stealthsquiggle Fri 30-Sep-11 10:59:46

I would love to see the results of this one. I suspect Tilda may be looking for an issue which isn't really there.

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

OvO Fri 30-Sep-11 11:14:16

Rice is my nemesis. But even I don't have panic attacks!

lisad123 Fri 30-Sep-11 11:14:18

hehe scared of tinned tomatos and onions grin was half tempted to put i was wink

AmberLeaf Fri 30-Sep-11 11:31:02


Odd survey, obviously some people have issues with cooking rice!

bamboostalks Fri 30-Sep-11 11:37:45

Bizarre questions there. Which food are you scared of? terrified of celery, jaffa cakes, the list is endless. I am quivering with fright in my kitchen.

Kveta Fri 30-Sep-11 11:47:20

that is a bizarre survey. does nobody do the 2 parts water to 1 part rice cooking method? I tend to bung one mug of rice and 2 mugs of cold water in a pan, cover it, let it boil until i remember it, then turn the heat off until it is cooked through. although it occasionally sticks a bit, it is perfectly cooked.

poppyandsneeze Fri 30-Sep-11 11:47:53

Have completed the survey, really odd though, some people must have real problems with cooking rice.

lubeybooby Fri 30-Sep-11 11:49:57


I have issues with cooking rice. When I do it from scratch it ends up weird and squdgy no matter what I do. Rinse first, don't rinse, absorbtion mehtod, or too much water and then drain method...whatever - I always end up with crap rice.

AmberLeaf Fri 30-Sep-11 11:53:03

Kveta, I always use the absorbtion method, I dont measure as such [Im such a pro grin ]

I always rinse well first too.

LoonyRationalist Fri 30-Sep-11 11:54:26


Question on how long does it take to cook rice - surely depends what type of rice. All in all a hugely bizarre survey.

<snort> there's a questionnaire designed to Prove A Point (rice is scary & you don't know what to do with it). Sorry Tilda, probably not answered how you're hoping!

suburbandream Fri 30-Sep-11 12:06:18

Loony - I agree, it depends on the type of rice. Very strange survey - never heard of anyone being scared of tinned tomatoes confused. And I really don't understand how rice can be hard to cook. If all else fails, read the instructions on the packet surely? I usually just chuck a cupful into a big pan of boiling water, stir it every now and then and check it after 10 mins or so.

nenevomito Fri 30-Sep-11 12:17:20

That has to be the strangest survey I've ever done. Scared? confused

I know people can be unsure of how to cook rice but scared seems a but OTT.

It did make me wonder if they worded it as such so they can say "80% of MNers replying to our survey said they were scared of rice".

Hey ho - I felt the fear and did it anyway!

SeenButNotHeard Fri 30-Sep-11 12:24:15


I was surprised that there was not a section on the dangers of cooking rice given that a disproportionately high number of food poisoning cases are caused by rice when it is inadequately heated (or re-heated) and if anything would 'scare' people, I would guess it would be that.

Honeydragon Fri 30-Sep-11 12:30:59

weirdest survey ever

and I thought it would be asking about food poisoning too, not rice terrorising people from the back of the cupboard.

BerryLellow Fri 30-Sep-11 12:47:59

grin at rice related panic attacks. Can't say I've ever had a fit of the vapours over carbs in my kitchen! Or tinned goods for that matter...

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Fri 30-Sep-11 12:56:18

bizarre survey. Made me chuckle though with its panic attacks and scary tomatoes.

Q11 - the one about cooking time for 100g rice - surely it depends on the type of rice, and what if you don't add it to boiling water, I never do weirdos

FIFIBEBE Fri 30-Sep-11 13:13:06

Weird survey. I don't pour my rice into boiling water, so have to answer don't know when I really do know how to cook rice well.

trice Fri 30-Sep-11 13:17:01

Tilda - your marketing department are weird. Grown women are not frightened of cooking.

mousymouse Fri 30-Sep-11 13:21:31

my lazy foolproof method to cook rice:

one cup of rice
one cup of water
pinch of salt or stock granules
bring to the boil
remove from heat and leave for 15-20 min or until all water is absorbed.

not burnt fingers from draining
no sticking to the bottom of the pan

ColdSancerre Fri 30-Sep-11 13:22:19

I looked at the survey, and apart from the question about how old are your children I couldn't see any reason why those of us who have not been blessed with DC's yet can't enter. Can you clarify please?

How very funny (but done survey anyway in hope of winning vouchers grin)

mousy, my way is the same - the rice steams and doesn't get sticky but make sure you don't peep in the pan before the 15 mins is up smile

oh and use decent basmai rice and wash it before using

basmati blush

faverolles Fri 30-Sep-11 13:26:30

If you are the nervous type, use zappy microwave rice - no more panic attacks or nausea at all grin

wahwahwah Fri 30-Sep-11 13:35:55

Who wrote this? Scared of rice? WTF?? How long to cook it... well I boil it until almost cooked then drain and steam it, so all in all it can take 30 mins to cook to my recipe.

The way I was taught at school was crappy - measure the rice and water and cook in a pan and boil until absorbed. Never works!

I have tried boil in the bag tilda basmati rice (to my shame) and it sucks!

Paschaelina Fri 30-Sep-11 13:39:39

I'm petrified of rice, me sad. They way it wafts round lights and dangles from the ceiling by one leg over my face in bed. Flying in my face, like winged spid....

Oh no hang on, that's daddy-long-legs. Rice? Who in this world is actually afraid of rice? confused

What a very odd survey. Is rice phobia common then?
I recently was conned into went to a kitchen ware party where they were trying to flog a little ceramic "rice cooker" for £40 because apparently no one can ever cook rice.
I use Kveta's method as well.
2:1 ratio
Boil dry.

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

One for the 'odd surveys' tray ... and here I was thinking rice only comes in tin foil trays with the takeaway curry on Friday..

LadyWellian Fri 30-Sep-11 13:49:25

I just answered with how long it takes me to cook, rice, which is probably 'wrong' as I use the absorption method too.

The only thing that would give me a fit of the vapours (as I do it all by eye) is if anything happened to the one pan I have been using to cook rice since I left home 22 years ago.

(It was actually the one pan my Mum cooked rice in too, but she has adapted and bought a plastic thing that goes in the microwave and takes three times as long.)

MustControlFistOfDeath Fri 30-Sep-11 13:50:30

Never before has a survey made me smile

More like this please MNHQ

Curiousmama Fri 30-Sep-11 13:51:42

I do it Delia's way, never fails. We adore rice in this house. Dss prefer it to any other carb.

InvaderZim Fri 30-Sep-11 14:05:34

I was a bit hmm at the throwing away question. Would you like me to count what my daughter throws on the floor during meals?? The odd uneaten grain WTF?

Spirael Fri 30-Sep-11 14:08:53

Another one with a rice cooker here... It's hard to answer some of the questions when all you do is throw the rice into the bowl, fill with water to the line, then press "go" and walk away! About as panic-inducing as making a sandwich, really.

I guessed how long it takes, based on how long it takes me to get the rest of the meal ready, since I don't have to time it. It just switches to keeping it warm once it's done.

rubyrubyruby Fri 30-Sep-11 14:17:04

I thought it was a brilliant, concise, well written survey and I would like to congratulate whoever devised it.

munstersmum Fri 30-Sep-11 14:25:13

Done cos the comments on here meant I couldn't not take a peek.

AnnMN Isn't the question about substituting about rice for pasta if nervous the wrong way round?


but done.

Done. That survey is bonkers as conkers! Amazingly, there was no question about whether you would store/reuse cooked rice which is the one area of rice-using that worries people.

Now, are you sure the date isn't April 1st? grin

VirgoGrr Fri 30-Sep-11 14:45:21

Rather strange questions, but done.

Middle eastern rice cooking here.
1 cup rice to 1.5 cups water.

Soak rice in hot water for 15 mins, then rinse.
Splash of olive oil in non stick pan, fry rice for a min or so.
Add boiling water, return to boil.
1 chicken oxo cube, salt & pepper.

Lid on, turn heat to low and cook until water gone. Usually about 15-20 mins.
Even nicer if you fry some short vermicelli in the olive oil and cook along with the rice.

VirgoGrr Fri 30-Sep-11 14:47:52

Needed a 'in the dog' option for the waste question. grin

munstersmum Fri 30-Sep-11 14:51:23

VirgoG agreed

Shakey1500 Fri 30-Sep-11 14:54:05

Done. Did a double take from Q5 onwards grin

ProfYaffle Fri 30-Sep-11 16:07:03

Done, with a slight hmm

I use the Jamie Oliver method. 1 cup rice, 2 cups boiling water. Lid on, on the heat for 7 minutes, switch off and leave to stand with the lid on for 7 minutes. Perfectly cooked everytime.

Doobydoo Fri 30-Sep-11 16:12:06



I dont rinse my rice but am rubbish at estimating amount. Had a rice cooker from japanese friends when they went back to Japan but haven't replaced since it broke, do miss it!

Bicnod Fri 30-Sep-11 16:59:35

Odd but done

kreativetalentagency Fri 30-Sep-11 17:05:45

Rice, cooking rice to perfection is a work of art, best recipe i use is this.
Wash rice through 5 changes of water rubbing between hands.
Place rice into an extremely large pan of water, the more the merrier.
Bring to the boil and cook for 4 minutes only, drain.
Heat a bit of butter in a large nonstick pan, line with sliced potatoes.
Put the cooked rice over the potatoes.
Place a clean teatowel over the top of the pan then secure lid.
Cook on the lowest heat just a glimmer of heat for 8 minutes.
Not only do you have beautiful rice but a lovely potato crispy base.
This is a no fail receipe and works for people who prefer not to wash rice as I have tried it both ways.

grin at this survey.

Once I'd finished palpitating with absolute terror at the mere thought of cooking rice hmm I was able to complete the survey but the questions are very odd. I don't boil rice, I use the absorption method (I know how much water to add by putting the tip of my finger on top of the rice and adding cold water up to the first joint) so I wasn't sure how to answer the question about how long it takes to boil rice? The absorption method obviously takes longer than boiling. And I'm also confused as to why you have to have a child to be able to take part (I don't remember avoiding cooking rice until I had a 6 month old hmm)


Blu Fri 30-Sep-11 17:36:05

People come out in a rash from fear of cooking rice? Or are scared to cook tinned tomatoes? Where on earth do Tilda draw their focus groups from ?

And I am most surprised to see a survey by Tilda talk of 'draining' - there's your answer to horrible rice right there! It shouldn't need bloody draining!

I only ever cook Tilda Basmati, tbh. Long grain is tasteless and not fluffy, brown rice too...brown, but good with some things.

I don't wash it, either, but that may because Tilda IS good rice.

Measure rice
Add double the volume of boiling water plus a good splash
Bit of salt, knob of butter
Boil, till it looks like porridge
Turn off heat, put a tight lid on pan and cover with a folded teatowel
Wait til everything else is cooked, fluff about with a fork, test, and add a bit of water to the pan and boil it up again with lid on if too undercooked / dry.

Fluffy, and no sticking.

Blu Fri 30-Sep-11 17:38:16

Tina - we had pre-traumatic stress counselling in school cookery lessons, which is why I don't palpitate like you do, perhaps?

I didn't cook rice at school blu, because I followed the rules, no cooking rice until you have a 6 month old child. So I didn't cook rice until I was 27 grin

trueblonde Fri 30-Sep-11 17:46:45

I don't mind cooking rice, srvey completed

digitalgirl Fri 30-Sep-11 17:47:49

Done - but very odd questioning. Also I cook rice the way my Filipina mother taught me: rinse very well, put in pan with 1.5 times cold water, lid on, bring to the boil, turn it down and let it steam. Cooks in about 15 minutes. Best way.

meravigliosa Fri 30-Sep-11 18:14:16

What we should be nervous about is safely reheating rice -- was surprised there wasn't any question directed at this.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 30-Sep-11 18:14:45

Interesting how many different views on cooking rice...quite a hot topic!

I have taken off the bit about having at least one child (was thinking about cooking for a family but actually, as you say questions are not about that so much!) Sorry.

Thanks to everyone who has done it so far...! smile

CristinadellaPizza Fri 30-Sep-11 18:20:30

I am terrified of pasta. Honest

bluecake Fri 30-Sep-11 18:23:13

Done. I always get perfect rice <smarmy> although it did take around 10 years of practice and chucking plenty of the stuff away grin. I now do it like digitalgirl and it works every single time. I will have got that question about how long it takes completely wrong - I never pour it into boiling water. Are Tilda saying that is how you are supposed to do it? confused

FWIW, I always buy Tilda basmati. Best rice ever.

have done the survey

i have never never drained rice so that question was a bit odd

also it really depends what type of rice you're cooking in terms of cooking times... I often have brown rice and that takes about twice as long as white rice

Hullygully Fri 30-Sep-11 18:30:00

V V odd.

Some rice takes 10 mins, some 30.

And who has a panic attack over rice..?

Why not just ask directly for suggestions about how they can sell more rice?

said Fri 30-Sep-11 18:31:37

All the questions were odd because I cook rice (flawlessly, without fear) in the microwave.

JohnHemmingsPussy Fri 30-Sep-11 18:34:44



then drain and serve

how hard can that be?

schroeder Fri 30-Sep-11 18:36:42


Not scared of rice, but dh is hmm.

We have a lovely micro rice cooker fro M&S easy peasy non sticky rice.

titan Fri 30-Sep-11 18:53:13

Weird survey! We have a very cheap microwave rice cooker from Amazon. 12 minutes of full power. Perfect very time. Although when I asked DH to make it last night he added equal amounts of rice and water so it didn't cook properly. Neither of us were scared by this. I moaned a bit about him being unable to cook, added more water and put it back in the microwave and it was fine.

HazeltheMcWitch Fri 30-Sep-11 18:55:04

Dreadful survey; they have obviously gone into it DETERMINED to 'prove' certain things. Tidla - be ashamed, this is very poor marketing practice, you've thrown money away on a worthless survey that will teach you nothing, and you are being mocked my MN-ers who are Not. Afraid. Of. Rice.

i use a rice cooker and only use jasmine rice which cooks beautifully - problem solved.

bit weird doing that survey as a rice cooker user - i have zero clue how long 100g of rice takes to cook and would never cook rice in a pan as it is not nice. sure it's already been pointed out that it seems to assume everyone cooks rice in a pan.

who has a panic attack over cooking rice ffs?

PeachyWhoCannotType Fri 30-Sep-11 19:28:45

The survey made me laugh, really fab

I want to meet people who are scared of cooking tinned tomatoes. Not even fresh needing a knife note, but tinned.

I will suggest they drink more wine.

fivesacrowd Fri 30-Sep-11 19:34:08

Done - stupid survey. No I'm not scared of tomatoes and I don't reheat rice cos it harbours food poisoning bacteria and that's why your not meant to reheat it. Can I have the vouchers because I knew that?

PeachyWhoCannotType Fri 30-Sep-11 19:35:06

Whose halloween name will be ScaryTinnedTomatoes do ya reckon?

doughnutty Fri 30-Sep-11 19:41:18

Panic attacks over cooking rice? Really? Just don't do it then - life's too short.

hormonesnomore Fri 30-Sep-11 19:41:52

Done - how bizarre - scared? Panic attacks? Wtf?

If you really can't cook rice, try the easy-cook variety, it is very easy and I always get a good result - I buy the brown variety.

hormonesnomore Fri 30-Sep-11 19:43:11

I didn't know that fivesacrowd - I often re-heat rice. I'll be more careful in future!

PenguinArmy Fri 30-Sep-11 19:47:19


Do they get you to pose the Q's, I really questioned the authenticity of the whole survey.

exexpat Fri 30-Sep-11 19:51:38

Done, but was hmm the whole way through. Scared of rice or everyday foodstuffs? What?

And we are such heavy rice eaters that I use a rice-cooker, so a lot of the things about methods were irrelevant.

I suspect that this is pre-promotion for some kind of easy-cook/preportioned/microwave/whatever sort of rice product. Which I won't be buying.

glub Fri 30-Sep-11 20:06:55

never mind cooking it. that's easy. follow the instructions on the pack right? it's more the kids throwing it all over the floor and it getting stuck in the cracks aspect that's the problem. ditto couscous.

SpeedyGonzalez Fri 30-Sep-11 20:36:39

Why did they ask how long rice takes to cook? Do they know anything about rice? Basmati/ easy grain/ whole grain all have very different cooking times. Surely a company that specialises in rice should know that? And besides, they are assuming that you pour boiling water into the pan, which lots of us don't.

Yes, this is a very strange survey.

violetwellies Fri 30-Sep-11 20:38:29

Done, & I do rice in a glass jug in the microwave & never remember how long boil & how long simmer, and I cant say it seems to matter.

rice is fine to reuse/reheat so long as you have it cooled and in the refridgerator within an hour of finishing. i know we all believe rice kills us with it's mega bacteria reproducing capacities but it really is if we leave it lying around not if it is quickly and properly refridgerated.

people the whole world over cook rice and reheat it.

Done, but Tilda, what are you really trying to find out here?

cleanandclothed Fri 30-Sep-11 21:17:14

Done but I agree this is terrrible. Clearly after stats like 'x% of people are more nervous of cooking rice than anything else' and 'x% of people throw rice away because of overcooking or cooking too much'.

Oh God, now I'm convinced I'm going to die. DH had his dinner at about 7.00, left mine on the side and I reheated it about 8.30. I'm doomed aren't I? <wibble>

Can I do the survey again? I'm proper scared now!

AtYourCervix Fri 30-Sep-11 21:38:44

if i were to try to cook rice i'mfairly sure i would panic, puke and burn stuff. but i don't have to. that's wat DH is for.

And reheated rice has never poisoned me. I have it about once a week the next day for lunch usually after it has been sitting in my bag for 8 hours or so.

idealism Fri 30-Sep-11 21:40:12

done this - would be nice to win!


I used to be scared of rice, but only because someone at school persuaded me that it was dried maggots.

I have conquered my fear and we now have a rice cooker, so I have no idea how long you boil it for.

MellowBirds Fri 30-Sep-11 22:16:09

Done, love rice, love John Lewis, fingers crossed. Strangely patronising language used which sadly makes me think that Tilda is not a brand I'd like to get involved with. Does that mean I won't win? grin I did tell them my absolutely brilliant cold rice left over recipe though, mix it with hummus and pesto and it is l o v e l y

SazZaVoom Fri 30-Sep-11 22:18:40

Very weird Q about how long to cook it after putting it in boiled water. I cook mine in cold water confused

DamselInDisarray Fri 30-Sep-11 22:19:37

I always use a rice cooker too, unless I'm doing it in the oven (or risotto). I wanted to answer 'it depends on the type of rice and what I'm cooking' to the how long it takes to cook rice question.

Do people really have panic attacks when cooking rice? Weird.

I used to be dreadful at cooking normal rice and would generally avoid it. Then I got a rice cooker and never looked back. Everyone should get a rice cooker. They're awesome.

The kids are obsessed with sticky rice. DS2 has a sticky rice dance he does in anticipation.

Tortington Fri 30-Sep-11 22:29:10

seriously that survey is weird

its just fecking rice people

jimswifein1964 Fri 30-Sep-11 22:34:25

Has to be someone's survey-writing not being checked by the boss before giving it to mnhq, surely? Weird weird.

Gincognito Fri 30-Sep-11 22:50:29

Mellowbirds, elaborate? Those ingredients don't seem like natural partners...hummus?!

FreakoidOrganisoid Fri 30-Sep-11 22:52:14

Very odd survey grin

How odd, even the word 'rice' was starting to look strange by the end of it...

Fingers crossed for JL voucher smile

HavePatience Fri 30-Sep-11 23:12:21

Done. No really bug issues with cooking rice, but I'm worried about it getting to room temp for too long because it grows bacteria (?right?) and never re use because of same reason.

Hullygully Fri 30-Sep-11 23:23:07

See the most interesting thing out of this is how thick they think we all are. They think we are "mums" who have rice opinions and ishoos, rather than human beings who happen to have tits and maybe kids.

celadon Fri 30-Sep-11 23:28:23

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Hullygully Fri 30-Sep-11 23:30:15

Yes. Cos we is "mums" so we don't have a brain. Just a cooking gene.

celadon Fri 30-Sep-11 23:31:08

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Hullygully Fri 30-Sep-11 23:33:18

They could have just written:

Hey Mums, you know how fick you is an that and can only cook ready meals an that? Please cook our rice cos we is skint. Innit.

PenguinArmy Fri 30-Sep-11 23:42:38

I enjoyed the 'cooking rice from scratch'

Hullygully Fri 30-Sep-11 23:43:53

yes, I went out and got mine from the paddy field. Actually I mugged one of those odd chaps in pjs and a cartwheel hat.

PenguinArmy Fri 30-Sep-11 23:45:23

paddy fields will replace chicken runs in peoples gardens this time next year

celadon Fri 30-Sep-11 23:47:52

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Honeydragon Fri 30-Sep-11 23:53:46

Is that why all those mps have islands for their ducks? In preparation for the paddy fields?

<fetches garden hose>
<builds boat for chickens>

I really don't understand what they were trying to get out of that survey. And I can honestly say I have never found rice scary or challenging, till now. What do Tilda know about rice that we don't? Has been genetically modified to leap out the cupboard and batter you with a tin of spaghetti hoops if you reach for the pasta instead of the Basmati?

Thumbwitch Fri 30-Sep-11 23:58:41

heh. OK, I have now taken the rice survey. I admitted to being scared of cooking something - lobsters/ crabs, because I couldn't stand the screaming. That should sort em out! grin

Thumbwitch Sat 01-Oct-11 00:03:14

HavePatience - yes - if there were spores in the rice, and the rice is kept between room and body temperature for any length of time, the spores will germinate and release bacteria (Bacillus cereus) which can give you food poisoning. However, rapid cooling of rice and cold storage will prevent this - it's extremely rare for this to happen in the home, takeaway rice is the danger because they cook large vats of the stuff and keep it simmering away in the background.

StellaAndFries Sat 01-Oct-11 00:05:02

I hate cooking rice and have resorted to boil in the bag or microwave rice. Wouldn't go as far as to say I have panic attacks though grin

MellowBirds Sat 01-Oct-11 00:10:33

Incognito, that's it really, just stir hummus and pesto through cold rice and it tastes fantastic, dc love it, as do I.

Mumcentreplus Sat 01-Oct-11 00:19:51

What is with the weird questions???...scared of canned fruit???

<ponders and taps chin thoughtfully >unless they were 'Killer tomatoes'..hmm

WTFlike Sat 01-Oct-11 00:31:59

Quit with the UK only comps. V annoying.

WTFlike Sat 01-Oct-11 00:34:50

Because I do fantastic rice. But I'm not telling you now. <sulk>

MrsKitty Sat 01-Oct-11 01:24:54

Love this survey - Made me smile.

My method for cooking rice:

Basmati rice

Boil kettle & half fill a pan
pour in the rice (no rinsing unless packet specifically tells me to!)
boil for 10 mins
drain in a sieve, then pour a bit of boiling water through
put drained rice back in the pan, cover with a clean teatowel, then put a lid over it. Leave for 5-10 mins
Result = perfectly fluffy rice. (The last section works well if you've overcooked the rice a bit to get rid of some of the 'clagginess')

allhailtheaubergine Sat 01-Oct-11 05:13:36

I have a rice cooker and merrily ticked that oh no, I didn't spoil any rice, wasn't remotely scared of cooking rice etc... and then it asked how long to cook rice for. Um. Until the popper pops up? I dunno...

MayorNaze Sat 01-Oct-11 06:13:28

i cant cook rice for love nor money

but i really dont think i am afraid of it hmm

PontyMython Sat 01-Oct-11 07:18:02

Done <wants a rice cooker>

going Sat 01-Oct-11 07:44:45

I have a rice cooker, have no idea how long it takes but is always perfect. Before I had the rice cooker my rice was always a bit rubbish.

flamingtoaster Sat 01-Oct-11 08:02:52

My MIL was taught how to cook rice by a Chinese friend. Rinse and then boil the rice for half the time. Drain and rinse again with boiling water. Put in steamer poking finger sized holes so steam can come up and steam for rest of time. Fluffy, perfect rice every time. I only use this method when entertaining because it is more time consuming - but it is totally foolproof (had to be as I only started cooking after I got married) and does guarantee perfect rice every time!

JohnHemmingsPussy Sat 01-Oct-11 08:48:05

ditto parents colonies

my amah
none of this tea towel nonsense

prettybird Sat 01-Oct-11 09:26:39

Strange survey - and agree that Q11 is a strange one. Depends on the rice you are cooking and the method type.

For the record: for basmati, my method is slightly less than 2:1 (cold) water to rice, (especially if I have had time to rinse), bring to boil, stir once, cover and simmer for 14 minutes. If the rest of the meal isn't ready then, put a teatowel in to "hold" it - also helps stop the rice sticking on the bottom. Voila, perfect rice, no panic attack confused

For risotto, I have a great microwave recipe which still takes c.25 minutes, but doesn't involve standing over the stove stirring.

GinSlinger Sat 01-Oct-11 09:34:17

this survey is hilarious -

changeforthebetter Sat 01-Oct-11 09:44:06

What a strange survey. Would do anything for JL vouchers though <naice, middle-aged, middle class emoticon>

CointreauVersial Sat 01-Oct-11 10:01:19

What a funny survey! Visions of people cowering in terror behind their cookers as the rice comes to the boil......aaah....noooo.......grin

The question on timing was odd, as it depends totally on the type of rice and the method used.

But I never time rice, veg, pasta or anything, I just use the prod/taste test to see if it's done.

Hullygully Sat 01-Oct-11 15:05:08

oh oh the rice rice

<moans and rocks in corner>

Blu Sun 02-Oct-11 14:15:03

Why are Tilda asking people for recipes for reheated rice, when re-heated rice is the kind of rice we really SHOULD be scared of?

I'm not, by the way, and we do re-heat rice, but there was a terrible outbreak of poisoning in my halls of residence when I was at uni caused by reheated rice.

(backs away from reheated rice recipes, quaking and whimpering)

I am wondering whether I have missed some hitherto unnoticed sinister aspect opf rice and whether I should develop a Rice Plan alongside our Zombie Plan?

nannynick Sun 02-Oct-11 14:23:11

Error: Survey Closed

Does that mean Tilda are rewriting the questions?

Thumbwitch Sun 02-Oct-11 15:23:47

Agree that the timing question was daft, as they didn't ask about type - I only usually cook with brown rice, which takes a lot longer to cook nicely! But they don't know that. Perhaps, as nannynick suggests, they have gone back and modified the questions - then what? confused - will we all be asked to go and qualify our answer to q 11?

RowanMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 02-Oct-11 19:06:28


Error: Survey Closed

Does that mean Tilda are rewriting the questions?

Hello there - I have no idea I'm afraid, but I will ask someone to get back to you. Probably won't be until tomorrow though!

i'm thinking maybe the time question was deliberately vague because they wanted everyone to get it wrong so they could say ooh market research shows that no one knows the right length of time to cook rice for and then market some idiot proof rice packaging/portioning/whatever product.

aviatrix Sun 02-Oct-11 20:55:24

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Griselda Sun 02-Oct-11 21:07:28

Shame the survey had closed by the time I got to it...I REALLY wanted to share my inability to cook rice.....

rubyrubyruby Sun 02-Oct-11 21:11:52

It's closed?

Great! <<looooooosers>>

SpeedyGonzalez Sun 02-Oct-11 23:26:02

prettybird! I want your risotto recipe! We're having risotto this week!

haveyouwashedyourhands Mon 03-Oct-11 10:14:47

am I too late? I could really do with those JL vouchers!!

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 03-Oct-11 15:30:41

Hello. After reading some of the comments on this thread, we've been in touch with Tilda.

And they've asked us to post up this reply for them:

"Thank you to all of you who took part in our survey.

"We're sorry some of you were puzzled by the questions about cooking rice. The truth is, we've carried out lots of research into people's perceptions of rice in the past and, to our surprise, found that there are a lot of people who are 'scared' of cooking it. So, we were keen to see if this 'fear' really does hold true. Suffice to say that Mumsnetters have well and truly shot that theory out of the water!

"We're truly grateful for all the feedback you've given us – the good, the bad and the very humorous! And we're delighted to have received over 300 recipes - thank you to all those who submitted their family favourites.

"We can assure you that all of your comments have given us at Tilda plenty of food for thought."

Thumbwitch Mon 03-Oct-11 15:35:16

Oh I don't know about having shot the theory out of the water - my sister for one would be "scared" of cooking rice, pretty much as she is "scared" of cooking most things that aren't premade in a packet/easily microwaveable. I'm sure there are plenty like her around (although possibly not on MN)

Lianneroll Tue 04-Oct-11 09:33:34

i clicked on link but it says survey is currently closed??!

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