Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Of Rice and Men

This is our rice cooker. It is broken. We've owned it for approximately 3 weeks. Maybe 4. And it's broken.

I can't honestly say though that I'm very upset about its demise. In fact, I'm rather indifferent to it, if not maybe just a wee bit glad.

You see, I don't actually know why we own a rice cooker, broken or not. Hubby came home with it one day. He set off to purchase a deep fryer because well, everyone must have a deep fryer. He had recently blown up our other deep fryer - problem with the current - and it needed replacing. Otherwise how can you have moules frites?

He came home with a new deep fryer. And a rice cooker. I questioned the rice cooker as it was a rather unexpected purchase. We had, after all, never discussed owning a rice cooker. Nor did I remember ever having discussed the necessity of owning a rice cooker. In fact, it was only once the rice cooker came home that I realised that the entire topic of rice in general was sorely missing in our conversations.

I was given a rather longish speech praising the qualities of a rice cooker.

You could set it to cook your rice at a certain time. In case, for example, I needed to have freshly cooked rice upon rising in the morning.

You could cook all kinds of rice in it, as opposed to your saucepan in which, well, you can cook all kinds of rice.

But most importantly, you could keep your rice at a constant temperature so that it doesn't get cold and doesn't get sticky. For those moments when you just have to have rice I suppose.

Mind you, we're not exactly what I would call a rice loving family. I do like it, but I wouldn't say I love it. I do now suspect though that hubby must have a secret love affair with the white (or brown, short or long) stuff. But why would we need to have the ability to have rice on hand at any time of day?

Morning tea. Would you like a bit of rice with that?

Children's snack time. How about some rice to go with your bread and nutella sandwich?

Feeling peckish? Here's some rice.

I guess I just hadn't taken the time to think about all the virtues of having a rice cooker. But now I won't have to. Because it is broken. Another in a long list of appliances hubby has managed to send to an early grave. It started with the waffle maker, spread to two deep fryers, a convection oven and a hand mixer, and has now claimed the rice cooker.

He says he's going to bring it back for an exchange. I just hope he doesn't come home with a hot dog warmer to boot.

27 comments:

Mrs. Rabe said...

I am laughing.......

It reminds me of the time that my friends' husband came home with an ice tea maker!!!!

Star of the East said...

LOLOLOLOL Thanks for the good laugh, you write great, love it!!!
And good luck with your hubby, the kitchen goods destroyer... :)

Ravenhill said...

What a delightful post, which I think many a wife will recognize! :) I certainly do. Men should simply not do the shopping. They should just give us the money and let us do it!
~Emily

ingermaaike said...

Muhahahaha A rice cooker, of all the silly things to get..just as well it is broken. It does not want to exist either LOL

Kala said...

don't you just love em!

glasfaden said...

LOL Great post, Gretchen!!
Well, rice cooker is essential for me, even if I don't eat rice daily like in Indonesia :) But I have many, many kitchen aids, which mostly sitting in the cupboard (psstt... but I DID need them ;) *lol*)

Sharon "Nanny" said...

LOL ... That is so funny ... gotta love them hubbies!!!

Magnolia Blossom Art said...

LOL ... That is so funny ... gotta love them hubbies!!!

SoBella Creations said...

LOL Great post! I can say my husband doesn't have an affinty to the electronics or kitchen wares as most men. But, his parents have an appliance store at their house.

Tell him they now sell Rice in bag. Ready in 90 seconds thanks to the microwave.

Morrgan said...

Mmmmm, don't you just love some rice with your morning coffee...

Honestly, I never even knew such a contraption exists. Awesome post, I'm actually laughing out loud here. :D

Jennifer Rose said...

A hot dog warmer would be useful though :p Could keep lots more than hot dogs warm. Sausages, bratwurst, haggis, hmmm maybe not :p

Janet Campbell said...

Haha My husband does the same thing. Send him for 1 thing and he comes home with 10. I have to weigh the consequences whenever I send him to the store. We couldn't live without a rice cooker! We eat rice all the time and when I worked in a cubicle, I'd throw some broccoli or something on top when it was 1/2 way finished and wa la dinner done. I must say our pasta machine barely seen the light of day!

Amber Dawn said...

Hillarious! But I kinda have to wonder, if there is a really hot saleslady in the appliance department? Would definitely explain the enthusiasm for odd appliances and the fast breakage of said appliance creating the necessity for more trips to the appliance dept? Probly you should go with him next time he shops. LOL Maybe you could venture off into the tool dept and start comin home with odd tool purchases with great enthusiasm!

ArtMind said...

LOL ChiChi! I would wet my pants if my partner came home with a ricecooker! I hope it will get replaced by something useful! :)

revolt said...

Im sorry, but this is hysterical. I am sorry for your loss ;)

...a rice cooker...? hm.

Kreativlink said...

Hahahaha.... what a great post! I had some good laughs, thanks! :)

We don't have a rice cooker. Just for the records ...

Shannon said...

Hee hee hee...hot dog warmer! This is one funny post. Thanks for my morning laugh!

LazyTcrochet said...

LOL love the rice rant

Art By MAR said...

Too funny. I never even knew there was such a thing as a rice cooker! I just use the microwave.

High On Craft said...

Too funny! A great read with my morning coffee. At least if he does bring home a hot dog warmer you'll have something to serve with the rice. Mmmmm rice and wieners. lol

Renee said...

That's so funny.

X by Leina Neima said...

:) chchi, what a wonderful story. Made me smile in that gray and dark morning!

The Devil's Dance Floor said...

J insisted on a rice cooker as well. He first mentioned it during a tight budget time, when we were having rice 3 or 4 times a week. By the time we could afford the rice cooker- we no longer had rice with nearly every meal. But he bought it anyway. We've had it 6 months, and used it a grand total of 3 times.

Bek said...

hahaha, that's great :)

Perhaps instead of one big new appliance, he'll find several small ones to help clutter up the pantry... Oh wait, that may be mine ;)

eleraine said...

Just so you know, you can make cakes and a whole lot more than just regular white rice with a rice cooker.

In fact, I make rice with meat/chicken, chicken porridge and what-not with it. And white rice is cooked in a few ways, with coconut milk, Indian spices & saffron, etc...

It's a staple appliance in every Asian family...and mine. XD

What will surprised you is that my hubby was the one who bought it when he was in uni. :)

Brook said...

How funny! I have a rice cooker... I LOVE IT!!! My boyfriend is from South America so he believes a meal isn't a mean without rice... We got ours for like $5... and Its a gem,... though it doesnt have a timer on it like your broken one!

La Pomme said...

Ohmy, this has got me laughing, Gretchen! Witty witty wife! Oh, just an FYI: rice cookers are an indispensable part of any self-respecting Filipino household-- I have even heard of some who travel with mini versions it--although, as you pointed out, a regular casserole does just fine. Hey, I can even cook rice in the microwave!