- Date: Thursday, July 13, 2006 - 8pm
- Location: Somerville, MA
- Kitchen: My Apartment
- Fellow Chefs: Mike, Vigleik, and Shihchi
- Dining Companion: Marco
- Recipe Rating: B+
Mike and I picked this rice to go with our dinner tonight. It was quite good. I thought the flavor combination of the rice, cilantro, peanuts, and lime was very nice. There was a little too much rice vinegar for my taste though -- the vinegar flavor really dominated the other flavors. This made a very quick, satisfying side dish that would go well with a wide variety of entrees.
It was nice to cook in my own kitchen again for the first time in more than a month. I like knowing exactly what equipment is available and where it is. Someday when I own a home, I hope to have a really nice kitchen. Of course I want lots of storage and work space, but more than that I want the kind of kitchen that can hold a lot of people. Tonight when Mike, Vigleik, Shihchi, Marco, and I were all in the kitchen cooking together, I was reminded how much I really like cooking with big groups of friends. It's a totally different experience than cooking alone, or cooking with one other person. And while cooking alone is something I really enjoy, cooking with a big group is so energizing. I was realizing that one thing I really like about being in California is that I spend a lot of time just hanging out in the kitchen with Emilee and Brian, cooking. We sometimes have entire weekend afternoons where we just cook, talk, and eat fudge pops. I really like that. I wish there was more of that in my life here. I think not so many of my friends in Cambridge would think that an afternoon cooking sounds fun, but still I would like to make an attempt to cook more with everyone, even if it's just throwing together a quick meal. I think it's a nice thing to create something together with your friends. I always love sitting down to a meal that lots of people have contributed to.