Time runs out…

This has been sitting around in the house for a long time. I’m not too sure whether it was my missus or my daughter who bought it but probably, it was during the March holidays earlier this year or was it in December, I can’t remember exactly now. Anyway, it was due to expire in over a week’s time on the 2nd of August so I decided to cook it before time ran out.

Looking at the name on the packet, Rice Sides – Cheddar Broccoli…

Rice Sides - packet

…I would think that it was supposed to be served as one of the sides along with a main dish but never mind, I reckoned there would not be any harm cooking it and eating it on its own.

The instructions were given on the packet…

Rice sides - instructions

…and as you can see, a tablespoon of margarine could be added but that was optional. Not one to follow rules, I added butter instead as I thought that would be more fragrant and tastier. It also said that it should be simmered COVERED but I did not. I kept opening and stirring to make sure that it did not stick to the bottom of the pot. Golly gee! I am quite disobedient, am I not? LOL!!!

Other than that, I also chopped some bacon and grilled it in a pan till nice and crispy and separating it from the fat that had melted, I added that to the rice while it was still simmering…and I also added a bit of chopped Chinese parsley as well.

It was very easy to cook, really and pretty soon, it was ready to be served…

Rice Sides

Was it good? I must say that it was – something like one of those creamy pasta dishes at the cafes or restaurants but cooked this way, I think I would prefer pasta to rice.

Oops!!! Was this supposed to be healthy?

Rice Sides - healthy

Well, too bad! With the butter and the bacon added, I didn’t think it was anymore but as Rhett Butler would say, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn!” LOL!!!

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

26 thoughts on “Time runs out…”

  1. convenient pack comes in handy when one is lazy to cook a meal from scratch!

    Yes, and that’s the very word you can use to describe me – lazy! LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  2. It looks pretty good! I would use butter in place of margarine too – I don’t like the latter, REAL butter is what I always eat. πŸ™‚

    This looks good, kinda like the Asian version of macaroni and cheese.

    We’re like peas in a pod, aren’t we? LOL!!! πŸ˜€ Ya…but I think it would be nicer if it had been macaroni instead of rice.

  3. looks like some risotto to me.. and yes, I would also prefer it to be pasta than rice..

    …and that makes two of us! I’m not really into fusion – to each his own.

    1. anyway it seems easy to cook and the “finished product” looks exactly like the one on the packaging!! haha..

      Yes, it is easy. Simple ideal for lazy people like me… Hehehehehe!!!!

      1. this is a successful one, perhaps you’ve followed the instructions obediently, hehe!!! πŸ˜€

        Nope, I did bend it a little…just a little. Hehehehehehe!!!!!

  4. Do you know why i like visiting your blog? You just can make a simple meal look so delicious.

    But it is delicious. Like simple people like me – can make great friends!!! Wink! Wink! LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  5. Actually I read somewhere that butter is healthier than margarine.

    Yup, I read that too…but I don’t usually bother about what they say about these things. They always contradict one another…and even themselves. 😦

  6. Is this sold in malaysia? I don’t see this on the shelves in hypermart…or maybe i overlooked 😦 My mum used to send over many of these convenient packs fr the States. Simple and easy to make…

    Well, it is sold in Sibu (of all places! LOL!!!)…so it should be available elsewhere. πŸ˜‰

  7. with added bacon, every dish will turned out yummy delicious ! Once a while, eating unhealthy stuffs should be fine….but not too often.

    Yup! That’s my policy! Eat, don’t not eat…but eat in moderation. Once in a long while would be fine. Ya…I love bacon but not healthy, so fat…and thankfully, it is too expensive to eat often. πŸ™‚

  8. errr….not really keen on that. Maybe coz i don’t like pasta. Preferred rice to be dried.

    No? J loves noodles leh? My daughter loves pasta…a lot, not rice! As for me, I’m ok with anything that’s nice and I do feel that this would be better with pasta, not rice. πŸ˜€

    1. Yawor…that mee siam also have not seen in supermarket here. Next time I must open my eyes bigger to look edi.
      So, SIBU BOLEH!! Yeah…. ^^

      BOLEH indeed! LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  9. OMG I LOVE BROCCOLI!!! Comes with cheddar summor!!! This one can buy anywhere in Malaysia izzit???

    Dunno elsewhere but here, we have a supermart that stocks up on imported stuff from Oz and NZ and everywhere else in the world so we can get a whole lot of things from overseas, no problem at all – just fork out the money! πŸ˜€

  10. hmmm..i still prefer pasta. After you cooked, maybe can put it in oven baked a while and take out, it become baked rice. hahah

    Ya…that did cross my mind. Put in a casserole and top with grated cheese and pop it into the oven to bake. Would be a great dish to serve at buffet parties in future – baked cheese rice… πŸ˜‰

  11. aiyo butter is good! since you are not vegan you might as well as chuck that margarine out of your window! btw, sorry to hear regarding the competition thingy. sigh..

    Oh, it’s ok. It was fun while it lasted…and it certainly is so consoling that so many were kind enough and actually went through the trouble to help out. I truly am blessed with so many great friends. Ummm…butter is expensive though but anyway, I always buy butter as I do not eat bread so much – just once in a while. That’s why there was butter in the fridge, and not margarine. πŸ˜‰

    P.S. Hey!!! I just checked out a couple of your old posts and hey!!! Your dad’s my good friend and I taught your brother before in school. Gee!!! Small world, isn’t it? LOL!!! πŸ˜€ Never knew that Eddie has such a pretty sister. Wink! Wink! πŸ˜‰

    1. hm…pandora box is already uncovered. πŸ˜› hehehehe.. πŸ™‚ thank you thank you… it is indeed a small world. many years ago i sat a few rows behind you in church on Sundays. you know where to get cheaper butter in sibu? there is this cold storage place, very small one near the town area bus station place. very near the wharf. the shop is called soon fatt i think, run by Teochews. They sell imported lamb leg. I think you should know. They sell ham too! yum yum! ah it is just opposite the shop selling lighting and stuff: Hua Yong.

      Yup! The Chua’s place… Used to go often but not anymore these days. Maybe I should drop by sometime and see what they’ve got. Used to buy imported meats for BBQ from there and papaya juice tenderiser… The daughter has a cake supplies shop next block from Rejang Book Store or is it the same block, somewhere there.

  12. Wow creamy risotto….. this one i can definitely makan banyak banyak. πŸ™‚

    You’re into western cuisine, I see. Can gang with my daughter…and she loves Japanese too!

  13. you’re really adventurous. I wouldn’t even thought of buying the mix in the first place. Well, glad you did a great job!

    Not me, my daughter. Personally I’m not really into these things. My daughter loves them and would buy this and that to try… Somehow she never got round to cooking this one.

  14. I haven’t seen those packets in years. While in high school my mother used to use them to make quick meals, occasionally she’d include them in care packages when I was away at the university. Perfect for a college student, since your meal could be ready in minutes; with a few additions of course.

    Yes, I’m sure my daughter had her share of those when she was in Wellington, New Zealand for two years. Good to eat, fast to cook…so it would not take her away too long from her studies to get that ready for her meals.

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