It was priceless. About 5:30 p.m., I crawled out of bed. Vince was sitting in the recliner, playing on the computer. I looked at him and said “What’s for dinner? I’m starving!”
Dinner? Had he even thought about dinner? Did he realize I was not cooking, nor was I going out to eat? No need for him to think of any of those things because Vince knows I have everything covered . . food is never an issue for us.
He said “What do you want me to do?” so I had him come into the kitchen with me.
1. Get out the rice cooker. Measure 1-1/2 cups rice, pour water up to the line, add a little salt. Turn the rice cooker on.
Speaking of rice cookers, I know this one is terribly expensive as far as rice cookers but it is so amazing. I’ve used it for 4 or 5 or more years and I use it for steel cut oats, as well as rice. It cooks sushi rice, brown rice, green rice, white rice . . perfectly every time. It rinses clean . . never a single grain sticks. It’s the Zojirushi NP-HBC-10 model. This is one of those things that if I had to replace it tomorrow, I would buy the exact same model without even doing any further research . . that’s how much I love it!
OK . . back to dinner!
2. Then I had him follow me over to where our canned food is stored. Filled jars are put back in their cardboard boxes and stacked. I knew there were several 12 packs of filled quart jars on top of the gumbo jars so those had to be moved. We grabbed a quart of gumbo and a pint of dehydrated green onions from the garden.
3. Pour the gumbo in the pot. Turn the fire on.
4. Dump a few green onions in the gumbo and simmer til hot.
5. Peel and cut up a fresh from the garden tomato! Serve up the rice and gumbo!
The rice took about 20 minutes to cook. The gumbo took about 5 minutes to heat up. I wish you could taste how absolutely yummy it was and how amazingly convenient to have on a night when I didn’t feel like cooking.
From the quart of gumbo, Vince had one large bowl, I had one medium bowl (photo above is my bowl) and there was almost a pint left over.
You can bet I’ll always have jars of homemade gumbo in my pantry.