Baked rice for lazy people

17 01 2010

I’ve decided to turn this blog into a food blog of sorts, posting recipes every now and then in addition to travel/life/Japan related posts as and when I manage to churn them out.

Today I was craving baked rice really badly, and knowing my lazy self I knew I had to find a way to minimise the washing-up after.

So what I did was cook and bake the rice in the same bowl, all done in my toaster oven.


  1. 1/2 cup uncooked rice
  2. slightly less than 1 cup of water
  3. half a cube of chicken stock
  4. 3 tablespoons of tomato-based pasta sauce
  5. hotdogs/frozen vegetables
  6. cheese

Combine the liquid ingredients together in an oven-safe bowl, then heat up briefly till chicken stock cube has melted completely.

Add rice in, and let soak for 10 min or so.

Cover bowl with foil and cook for about half an hour at 1000w.

When most of the liquid has been absorbed by the rice, fluff with a fork and add in the hotdogs/frozen vegetables and leave to sit, covered, for a few minutes.

Finally, sprinkle cheese on top of the rice and bake till cheese is golden brown.

Tasty and convenient.


Back for a while

4 08 2009

I haven’t been blogging for a long time.  Maybe because I’ve been busy with things (cleaning, laundry, cooking etc), or maybe because I just haven’t felt like it.

Anyway, I’m back in Singapore for 2 weeks, which is almost the entire duration of my summer break.

It feels almost surreal. There’s so little time to buy/eat the things I’ve wanted to buy/eat, and even less time to meet up with people. Then again, having said that, Singapore doesn’t feel that much different from Tokyo.  The heat is as bad.

On the other hand, I don’t have to worry about money, or saving electricity here. Nor chores/laundry/cooking.  It’s not that bad. Right now I’m enjoying the aircon without thinking about the utility bills, savouring my new purchases that were paid for by the parents.

In the end though, it’s painful to come back and painful to leave. I won’t be seeing most people for at least a year, and so much can happen, though a year is a short time.  It’s hard to leave the comfort and privacy of my tiny dorm room in Tokyo, and the steadfast routines I’ve built for myself.

Maybe things will get better next year. I promise to blog more when I can.

I’m alive!

28 05 2009

Well I’ve finally got internet! After almost 2 arduous months of waiting..

Life has been relatively..uneventful, though I must say there is a certain charm in returning to a routine, albeit monotonous existence. For a few years now I haven’t had to stick to a rigid timetable with fixed daily dismissal times, and the first few days of school were quite a shock for me.However, it didn’t take long to adapt and these days I’m quite happy just doing my daily grocery shopping, or cooking each meal.

That being said, I don’t think I’ll be blogging about my trips to Saitama and Hakone recently. It’s just too much work to do so in addition to catching up with 2 months’ worth of updates/news/etc.

So there, that’s all folks!


26 03 2009

The gallery has been updated!

What I did today

26 03 2009

This was taken right in front of our apartment.

We were feeling lazy today, so we decided to stay in, and explore the neighbourhood.

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Public Service Announcement

26 03 2009

Save water. Don’t bathe unneccessarily.

What I did today

25 03 2009

MYLORD! We are awed by thy majesty!

I took my parents to try Japanese Pasta at Mylord in Shinjuku today.

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