I want to be perfectly clear about this – I CAN cook. I just don’t. At least not very often. With just two of us in the house, and not usually in the house at the same time, I eat lots of sandwiches. And when we are both home for supper it is such an unusual event that we like to eat out, or at least get takeout. I expect Tom and I will both cook more when we retire, but right now we don’t cook much.
Which is why last night was the first time I have used the gas range in the RV. (I know we have lived here for six weeks – see paragraph one.) In fact, as far as I can remember, last night was the first time I have used a gas range EVER. We always had electric ranges growing up and I chose to have an electric range in the house where we lived for 25 years. So I am a neophyte with gas ranges, and they seem to take a little getting used to.
Last night I decided to make chicken and wild rice and vegetables. It isn’t a fancy dish and it is very bland, which is why I like to make it when it will just be me eating it. In the past, when I’ve made this dish on an electric stove, the rice always takes a little longer to absorb the water. So I am used to simmering a few extra minutes or putting in a little less water.
But, because I’m not used to a gas range, I decided to follow the rice directions exactly. Water, rice, boil, simmer for 25 minutes, let sit off heat for 5 minutes. It smelled delicious and looked good enough to eat.
And was totally scorched, burned, crusty on the bottom. I guess I ran out of water before I was done simmering. Or maybe the heat was turned up too high for the simmering. Or maybe the range intends to burn everything I try to cook, which might lead to even more eating out in retirement! Hmmm.
I have an idea that I just need to get used to cooking with gas. Is the flame hotter than an electric coil? Maybe I should start with something easier than rice. Is there anything easier than rice?
At any rate, the rice was perfectly edible, as long as I avoided the bottom half inch. And the burned part came out of the teflon-coated pot just fine. And it didn’t even smell burned, which is a good thing because smells linger in a space this small.
I will keep reminding myself that I love to learn new things!