Baked Brown Rice with Onions

This recipe is adapted from America’s Test Kitchen. The original recipe has an optional roasted red peppers which we left out.


The rice was sweetish from the onions.


  • 4 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, chopped fine
  • 1 cup low sodium vegetable or chicken broth
  • 2 1/4 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups long or short-grain brown rice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • optional: 3/4 cup roasted red peppers, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges


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Rice Pilaf

To complete the Greek meal, Michelle shared a simple Rice Pilaf recipe in the South Arm Older Adults Cooking Club.

Give plain rice a kick by adding a little chopped onion and chicken broth. Stir in some fresh herbs before serving adds extra flavour to the Rice Pilaf.


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • 2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth



Serves 4

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Gallo Pinto (Beans and Rice)

Nanzaro learned to enjoy this beans and rice dish while he was on a school humanitarian trip to Costa Rica in spring this year.


The rice did not turn out as black as those Nanzaro had in Costa Rica. I used a mixture of chicken broth and the liquid from cooking the black beans to cook the rice. Perhaps I should use only the cooking liquid from the beans to gives the rice more colour.


  • 1 pound of dried black beans, soak in water overnight (or use canned ones for simplicity)
  • a small bunch of cilantro, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 red or yellow sweet pepper, chopped
  • 2 cups dry whilte rice (I used basmati rice); do not wash
  • 3 cups of chicken stock or liquid from cooking the beans
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons vegetable oil for frying the Gallo Pinto


Missing from the ingredients is the black bean.

P/S: the cup I used to measure the rice and cooking liquid is the cup that came with a rice cooker. It is smaller than the regular measuring cup.

Source: Nanzaro found the recipe for me from the internet.

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Cumin Basmati Rice

Michelle served the Coconut Lentil Curry with Cumin Basmati Rice in the South Arm Older Adults Cooking Club.


This is another recipe from Vij’s Elegant and Inspired Indian Cuisine by Vikram vij & Meeru Dhalwala.


  • 2 cups basmati rice (we used Jasmin rice as this is the rice available  in the kitchen pantry)
  • 3 cups cold water for soaking
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (ir canola oil)
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 1 cup finely chopped onions
  • 3 3/4 cups water for cooking


Source: Vij’s Elegant and Inspired Indian Cuisine by Vikram vij & Meeru Dhalwala

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Making Porridge in Less Than 15 minutes

Nanzaro had his wisdom teeth extracted this summer. He had to be on soft diet for a few days.


I received an email on how to make porridge in 10 minutes just in time for Nanzaro’s ordeal.

Here is how it’s done:

  • Rinse and soak the rice for 10 to 15 minutes
  • Drain and freeze the rice
  • Bring water to a boil; the ratio of water to rice is 1 to 10 to 13 depending on how thick you like your porridge
  • Add the frozen rice and a piece of thumb size ginger, peel and smash
  • Boil for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally
  • Add meat of your choice, I mostly use ground pork marinated with soy sauce, sugar, rice wine, corn starch and sesame oil. I added water to the marinated ground pork to loosen the meat so that the meat will not clump up in the porridge
  • Boil for another 5 minutes and it’s done

Various Japanese Sushi

Terumi demonstrated how to make various sushi at the South Arm multicultural community kitchen.


Participants listened attentively to the instructions.


Terumi demonstrated how to make California Roll, Tuna Maki and Cone.


Kazuko demonstrated how to use plastic mold to make nigiri sushi.


  • 4 cups Japanese short grain rice (cooked a little harder than usual); for rice cooker, one cup is 180 cc
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 1 package of unseasoned sheet nori (dried seaweed); cut in half
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 cucumber
  • 250g crab meat (can use artificial crab meat)
  • 4 tablespoons Japanese mayo
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 block of sashimi quality tuna
  • soy sauce
  • wasabi
  • 1 can tuna or salmon


Look at all the preparations needed for this demo.

Source: Terumi & Kazuko

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Lentil, Barley and Brown Rice Salad with Dates and Feta

Minoo prepared three recipes for the Gilmore Park Church community kitchen. Two of the recipes were taken from Vancouver Sun.

The recipes include a Lentil, Barley and Brown Rice Salad with Dates and Feta, a Butternut Squash Gratin with Parmesan Sage Breadcrumbs and a Ginger Pumpkin Muffin recipe.


The combination of grains and legumes in the Lentil, Barley and Brown Rice Salad with Dates and Feta provides a complete protein meal. It is easy to pack for lunch or picnic.


  • 1/3 cup (80ml) brown rice
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) pearl or pot barley
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) dry green or brown lentils
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) crumbled feta
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) chopped dates, figs or apricots
  • 1 to 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) chopped walnuts, toasted (optional)
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) olive or canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons (45ml) red wine vinegar or lemon juice
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


Source: Vancouver Sun

Makes 6 servings

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Caring Place Community Kitchen Making Korean Sushi

There has been repeated requests for sushi recipe in the Caring Place Community Kitchen. So, once again, Ella stepped up to the challenge.

I will not post the recipe here as I had blogged about them before:


Besides the above, Ella also demonstrated how to make Sushi Cone or also known as Maki. This is the simpliest as you just pick your favourite ingredients and roll up a half sheet of seaweed into a cone. Participants are to make their own cone and pick the ingredients they like as Ella quoted “let you tongue speaks to you”.


In this demonstration, Ella prepared 3 types of rice, i.e. white rice (plain and seasoned with sesame oil, salt and sugar), brown rice seasoned with sesame oil, salt and sugar and a mix of brown rice and dal, also seasoned with sesame oil, salt and sugar. Ella is very creative and tries to eat healthy.


Ella called the above “nude” sushi because the rice is on the outside without a seaweed covering. This is similar to the Korean California Roll which were demonstrated in Caring Place before with variation in the ingredients.


Ella is a very organised person. She got everyone to be involved in the preparation of the ingredients first before the rolling begins.
A big thank you to Ella.

Stuffed Pepper with Beef and Brown Rice

The South Arm Cooking Club for Seniors met again at Bethel Church. For this meeting, Stella and Minoo were not able to make it and Marian was in charged of the kitchen. Perhaps, it was during the spring break, not many turned up for this kitchen. There were four seniors and four volunteers.


Marian prepared four recipes for this kitchen. The above is Stuffed Pepper with Beef and Brown Rice. Bell peppers are in season and they are cheap. Bell pepper is also known as sweet pepper or capsicum. The green one is more pungent, that’s why Marian used the red, yellow and orange ones which are sweeter. Due to the shape and hollow nature of the bell pepper, it is great to be used as a container for stuffing.

Bell pepper is low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. It is high in dietary fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Potassium, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, folate, Manganese, Magnesium and Pantothenic Acid. Bell pepper is ideal for maintaining optimum health and weight loss.


  • 6 red or yellow or orange peppers
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/4 cup chopped onions
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 1/4 cups cooked brown rice
  • 3 to 4 green onions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  • 1 can dice tomato
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • pinch of cayenne pepper


Source: this recipe is adapted from Lazy Day Cooking

Serves 6

You may substitute brown rice with 2 cups of quinoa. The orange juice can be substituted with lemon juice.

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Marian’s Pineapple Fried Rice

Once again, Marian led in the South Arm Cooking Club for Seniors. For this kitchen, Marian shared her family recipes with us.


The first recipe is Marian’s Pineapple Fried Rice. This is Marian’s mom’s recipe and was handed down to her when she was thirteen years old.

In this kitchen, we also learn about the benefits of pineapple. Here is the excerpt shared in the kitchen.

Pineapple is a member of the bromeliad family and the only edible bromeliad. It is extremely rare that bromeliads produce edible fruit. It is a multiple fruit, i.e. one pineapple is made up of dozens of individual flowerettes that grow together to form the entire fruit. Each scale on a pineapple is evidence of an individual flower.

Pineapples stop ripening the minute they are picked. There is no special way of storing them that will help ripen them further. Color is relatively unimportant in determining the ripeness.

Choose your pineapple by smell. If it smells fresh, tropical and sweet, it will be a good fruit. The more scales on the pineapple and the bigger the scales, the sweeter and juicier the taste.

Pineapple is a remarkable fruit. It is lush, sweet and has an exotic flavour. It’s health benefits includes easing indigestion, arthritis and sinusitis. Pineapple juice has an anthelmintic effect which helps to get rid of intestinal worms.

Pineapple is high in manganese, a mineral that is critical to the development of strong bones and connective tissue. A cup of fresh pineapple juice will give you nearly 75% of the recommended daily amount of manganese. It is particularly helpful to older adults, whose bones tend to become brittle with age.

Pineapple contains bromelain, a proteolytic enzyme which helps to break down protein; which is why pineapple is known to be a digestive aid. It helps the body to digest proteins more efficiently. Bromelain is also considered and effective anti-inflammatory agent. Regular ingestion of at least one half cup of fresh pineapple daily is purported to relieve painful joints common to osteoarthritis. It produces a mild pain relief. In Germany, bromelain is approved as a post-injury medication because it is thought to reduce inflammation and swelling.


  • 1 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped or grated carrot
  • 1/2 cup frozen green peas
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 250g chicken breast or 2 pieces breast fillet, cut into cubes
  • 2 eggs (optional)
  • 1 can crushed pineapple
  • 4 cups cooked rice
  • garlic powder
  • ginger powder
  • salt and pepper
  • sesame oil (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 whole pineapple for presentation (optional)


Source: Marian

Serves 4 to 6

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