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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

AtoZBlogChallenge:R is for Rice


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My theme this year is Burma AKA Myanmar. I used to live in Laos, so I looked forward to returning to Southeast Asia. I spent a little over three weeks exploring this country, learning a bit about its culture: its history, religion, and language. I thought others might enjoy some of what I learned and see some of what I saw.


If you don't like rice, don't go to Southeast Asia, EVER. I happen to like it, so eating it all times of the day was perfect. It's their staple. It's not expensive. It goes with everything and fills you up fast.


Here you can buy it by the hundred pound sack

or the scoop.
My favorite rice treat has always been Sticky Rice Cooked in Bamboo. You peel the stalk and eat the rice like a candy bar. Delicious.


I didn't have short quiz for yesterday's letter Q.  But what do you know about rice?

T/F 1. In Burma, it's believed the Kachins--people from the northern part of that country-- came from the center of the earth to sow rice seeds.

T/F 2. Rice requires a lot of water to grow, so it's limited as to where it can be planted.

Answers tomorrow.

35 comments:

  1. Fortunately I love rice and Oriental food! The Sticky Rice Cooked in Bamboo sounds good.

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  2. I love rice, but stay away from it now because of the starch and carbs. But I miss rice pudding in particular and Jasmine rice is so flavorful!

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  3. A hundred pound sack of rice?! Uh...whoa. I can't ever imagine buying that much rice at once!

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  4. I am a great lover of rice and enjoyed this very much and is well written.
    photo's great also.

    yvonne

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  5. I do like rice, and yes it is ubiquitous down there. I think both statements could be true, after all it's very significant so coming from the centre of the earth to do it sounds auspicious enough!

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  6. Hi Lee - I don't eat rice often, but enjoy having it when it's around ... I love jasmine rice, and rice pudding too .. but often see huge bags of rice being bought here .. or hearing that friends are going to town (London outskirts) to Asian shop!!

    Rice needs lots of water .. and there could well a myth that the Kachins came to plant rice seeds ...

    Cheers Hilary

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  7. I actually eat a lot of rice at home to begin with, but usually the same kind :) These look delicious!

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
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  8. I love white rice. I could eat it every day, so I'd do well in Southeast Asia. :)

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  9. My kids love rice, and it's interesting how many "flavors"/kinds there are to eat. I had never heard of the bamboo type - I bet they would both like that.

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  10. I LOVE rice. But it's loaded with carbs, so I don't eat it as much as I'd like:) Those bamboo treats look good!

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  11. I have associates from various countires and have found rice to be a staple for so many places around the world. My daughter loves it. I used to eat it all the time as a kid, but I couldn't tell you why I'm not as big on eating it now.

    For the quiz, I think the second answer is true. Some of the pictures I've seen of rice fields look like they have a whole lot of water involved in the growing process.

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  12. I've always thought rice was rather tasteless, what does bamboo do to it to make it nice? ~Liz http://www.lizbrownleepoet.com (my website - Blogger takes you to the wrong one!)

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  13. I love rice too. I do know rice takes a lot of water to grow. Not sure about the other one.

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  14. I love rice and there's so many ways to flavor it. We have it a few times each week. I think it takes a lot of water.

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  15. We eat a lot of rice. My husband is from India, so many of the dishes involve some wonderful gravy/stew/sauce over rice. Others use rice as a side dish. I love Basmati rice, with its fragrance. Happy to see one can get brown Basmati rice, as well as while, since we are trying to eat healthily.

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  16. I love rice. Before now, I had never seen rice cooked that way - Sticky Rice Cooked in Bamboo

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  17. Both questions are true.
    I don't eat a lot of rice but do like it with veggies and chicken.

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  18. A rice candy bar! LOL But I bet it's yummy.

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  19. mmm! I love rice so I definitely will be visiting Southeast Asia :)

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  20. mmm! I love rice so I definitely will be visiting Southeast Asia :)

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  21. Rice...yum! I like rice with milk, cinnamon, and sugar. I made my husband try it because he always just had it with butter and sugar. He LOVED it! It tastes kind of like rice pudding.

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  22. How cool!! I"ve never heard of the rice being cooked inside bamboo. I would try that for sure. I love rice. I love coconut rice that I tried before in Canada at a Mongolian restaurant. So good!

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  23. I absolutely LOVE rice. Most any kind of rice. I have had a taste of sticky rice and ... oh... I love that too! <3

    Elizabeth Mueller
    AtoZ 2015
    My Little Pony

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  24. I used to not like rice, but it has grown on me over the years.

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  25. I love rice! My parents-not so much so rarely got it when growing up (they were meat & potatoes). What flavour is the rice that is reddish in colour(like beets)? I am going to say true to both because the first one is so not true but I could see that being in one of their "fairy" tales. Rice needs water-I've watched enough movies & documentaries to see how they plant the rice:)

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  26. I love sticky rice! What an awesome trip you must have had. Color me envious. :)

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  27. Living in Hawaii, rice is also a staple. I eat it almost every day. I have never seen it in such vast quantities. Usually we just go to the store and buy a 20 lb bag of rice. We also have sticky rice or mochi rice, which the Japanese use to make mochi sweets and the Filipinos make some yummy coconut milk rice treats that look similar to your rice in a bamboo wrapper. At the farmers market, they sell sticky rice in a banana leaf wrapper. It's quite a presentation.
    Maui Jungalow

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  28. One thing that surprised me was there wasn't a lot of rice served at our meals in China, and we ate many different things. I expected it to be more of a staple.

    I'm not a huge fan of rice ordinarily, but it's served in such unique and tasty ways in Asian countries. I despair of ever again finding food as wonderful as what I enjoyed in China.

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  29. I like rice, but my husband loves it - he would get on there very well :). I most into potatoes :)
    Tasha
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

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  30. I hail from Tamil Nadu, India - probably the biggest rice eaters in the world. We eat rice morning, noon and night. Nowadays, I live in North India and have given up rice as it digests too fast, making the eater put on weight too easily

    My A-Z posts: http://sundarivenkatraman.blogspot.in

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  31. I eat a lot of rice, so I'd do well there!

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  32. I think I'd enjoy that sticky rice treat too!

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  33. I've never had sticky rice before. I'd probably like it, as I like white and brown rice. Wonderful photos, Lee!

    Julie

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  34. Rice in bamboo sounds good. I'd try it!

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