But when you're a mom like me who doesn't have household help, you have no choice. That toddler has got to be fed with real food! A this point, Gerber and Cerelac are no longer enough.
So I asked my sister's maid to teach me how to cook a simple arroz caldo (Rice congee with chicken). It's a perfect dish to learn because its something that both an adult and a baby can enjoy. And the great thing about it is you only need the usual cooking ingredients laying around your kitchen. Ingredients I take for granted:
|I know I should be using real chicken stock. That will be my next "project" hehe|
Left to right:Ginger
1 Chicken cube (I know I should be using real chicken broth. That will be my next "project" hehe)
Not in pic:Chicken
Bigas (Uncooked Rice)
I don't even know if I chopped the ginger correctly. Is there a proper way to do it? Anyway I didn't think it would matter as long as I took the skin off
So first I just saute the chicken with the chopped onions, garlic, and ginger. Just mix mix mix. Saute saute saute. Until chicken turns white.
Then I add water (to about half of the pot) , and 1 cup of bigas (uncooked rice). Water does not have to be boiling before you dump the rice. I just go ahead and dump it right in there. Oh and I add the chicken cube as well.
Just keep stirring.... Just keep stirring... I leave it on low fire from time to time to check on Rain. When it starts to look dry, I'll just keep adding water for the consistency I like until rice looks cooked. I like my arroz caldo to be risotto-ish. I don't like it too liquid-y (so much for my cooking terms) I also add a little of my secret magic to add more flavor (Maggi*cough* Magic *cough* Sarap *cough*)
And that's basically it. I think you can sprinkle chopped spring onions as garnish when serving but I don't have that right now.
Before feeding to Rain, I of course shred the white meat of the chicken, of course because we all know its healthier. (And because I want to keep the yummy sinful red meat to myself he he)
Rain really seems to like it. And that melts my heart. The garlic-y smell on my hands that wont come off becomes so worth it!
And that my friends is the first official recipe in my few-things-I-know-how-to-cook list.