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hspenser
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   Posted 10/24/2008 5:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Now that winter (for us USA folks) is coming on.....I thought I would share this recipe for CONGEE....
I usually make a full recipe or recipe and a half and then eat it several times a week...it is so easy on my system.
 
I like to just make the base and then depending on how I feel I will cook individual portions for luch or dinner and at that time add any meats or other veggies I think I can handle.
 

CONGEE

 

This recipe is for a type of rice porridge.  It is a really great soup/porridge for cold days and is also perfect for when you need some soft easy to digest food.  In Asia many families use this as a type of baby food.  They also eat this for breakfast lunch or dinner.  Originally it was made for poor families to stretch the rations of rice. 

 

I prefer to use stock…chicken or pork.   It is great with cut up pieces of shrimp and or fish cooked into it.  The best part about this recipe is that you can really make the whole thing from scratch in about 1 hour and is perfect for use of all organic or natural products. 

The recipe below is for the base…from there you can add anything in the way of chicken, pork, beef, seafood and or veggies to make it the way you want.  

 

In many areas the families will serve this base super hot with side dishes of blanched veggies of meats that the individual family members or guests can add on their own.

 

Enjoy

1 cup rice (white long grain or brown)
6 cups water or stock


¾ teaspoon minced garlic
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
¼  teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon Soy sauce
2 scallions/green onions, sliced thin (may sub minced shallots)  

1 teaspoon Fish sauce (optional)

4 eggs (lightly mixed)

1 ½ tablespoon Corn starch (optional)

Bring stock/water to a boil, add rice.  Bring to a boil for 1 minute, then cut heat to a very low simmer (the lowest setting), cover and let cook for 30 minutes.  After 30 minutes, check rice to make sure it is not sticking to the bottom of the pan, stir, ADD BAY LEAF, cover and let simmer for another 10 minutes.  When done rice should be popped and mushy and there should be plenty of broth left over.

Keep heat on lowest setting and REMOVE BAY LEAF, stir in garlic, ginger, salt, cumin, soy sauce, green onion, and fish sauce.  Then swirl in the lightly beaten eggs adding it in small quantities.  The egg should cook almost immediately and cook into a stringy appearance.

Salt and pepper to taste.

NOTE:  Some people (myself included) like the broth to be a bit thicker…..almost like an egg drop soup consistency.  So if you like you can take the cornstarch, mix it with 2 ounces of water and stir it into the mix after adding the eggs.

This soup/porridge can be chilled and re-heated without any problems. I really like to add mushrooms to the mix.  I use crapake or especially enjoy enoki’s. 

 

 

 


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gachrons
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   Posted 10/24/2008 6:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Thanks for the sharing. Do you eat this alot? lol gail
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AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 10/24/2008 6:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks!! I printed it out and hope to try it this week.

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broomhilda
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   Posted 10/24/2008 7:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Sounds yummy! I love rice pudding but can't handle the milk & sugar anymore. I'm on vacation for the next 4 days so I'll have to try this. For those who can't handle the corn starch an option for a thickner is potatoe starch. Since this is a meat/veggie dish I would think the potatoe starch wouldn't really affect the flavor in a negative way. Thanks for sharing!
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hspenser
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   Posted 10/24/2008 8:27 AM (GMT -7)   
gachrons said...
Hi Thanks for the sharing. Do you eat this alot? lol gail

the first time I had it was a couple of years ago at a sushi place in Novato, CA.  I was with family and feeling pretty puny but did not want to ruin the festive mood.  the owner knew I was not feeling well and suggested it.  It was amazing how it changed my entire mood and well being.
 
Since then whenever I was there (my brother lives there) I would stop in for a bowl.
 
Finally I did a little research and developed this recipe based on what the chef in Novato told me, the recipes on line, and my own cooking experiences.
 
Now I make a batch every week or every other week.  It is great for taking to work and heating it up for lunch.  Tsitodawg is right... a little lime juice or rice wine vinegar is great.  You can also use cilantro to get more flavor. 
 
Like I said I make the base...then depending on how I feel and how my stomach is doing I add things to the individual bowls as I re-heat.  Sometimes I even like to add a little jalapeno or thai pepper.
dx IBS 1999   UC 2000   CD 2001
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ivy6
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   Posted 10/24/2008 3:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Great! Thanks.
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Squattie
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   Posted 10/24/2008 4:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I love brown rice congee. The rice comes out so fluffy you hardly have to chew it. I like it with chicken, carrots, celery and onions....and just a tad of butter.

I always make millet congee for breakfast. Just substitute millet for rice, add some cinnamon, coconut oil, half a tsp. salt...and throw in a handful of raisins once it's been cooked and is cooling down. I don't put the raisins in while the millet is cooking because of the cooking time. I tried that once and the raisins got overcooked and disintegrated. It's great with a little rice milk as a cereal. You can also do the veggie version with millet or even quinoa. I guess the magic is the ratio of grain to water and the extended cooking time in a slow cooker. It's all very soothing on the gut I find.
.....Squattie


SydneyJo
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   Posted 10/24/2008 5:29 PM (GMT -7)   
That sounds so yummy - thanks hspenser.
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FitzyK23
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   Posted 10/24/2008 6:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I just found an easy meal too. I use some jasmine rice, rinsed well first, and some plain ground beef, salted. It is plain and easy to digest.
27 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.


ivy6
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   Posted 10/24/2008 7:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Can you share the recipe, please, Fitzy?
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FitzyK23
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   Posted 10/24/2008 9:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Ivy, ha ha, that is the recipe. Jasmine rice from a box, rinsed (to get the milky stuff off), and boiled. The box has the proper proportions of rice and water. A scoop of ground hamburg on medium heat until cooked well. Constantly stirred to break it into little pieces. Add salt. Stir again. I also added a tad of onion powder and garlic salt. Put some rice in a bowl, top with the ground beef, top with more rice, enjoy!

And if you are feeling up to it little pieces of fresh pineapple in there taste great.

Personally I have found that Jasmine (thai) rice is easier to digest and tastes so much better than American white rice. Don't know what the difference is.

Ivy - I just realized you may have been asking for the recipe for jasmine rice. Jasmine is the type of rice like basmatti rice or white rice or long grain rice. Look for it in the ethnic ailse or the natural food aisle of your stores. It is an asian white rice mostly used in thai foods.

Oh - and how I got the idea lol! My dad had a very sick old german shepherd w/ bowel troubles. He found if he boiled hamburg, scraped off all the grease, and mixed it w/ white rice the dog could eat it without getting sick. I figured if it worked for him it could work for me!
27 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.


bektold
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   Posted 10/26/2008 7:34 AM (GMT -7)   
I was going through some cookbooks the other day and came across a Rachael Ray recipe called Boo-sotto.  It's a ground veal or turkey and rice dish that she created for her aging dog.  I plan to change it up a bit- no onion for me.  (Actually, she probably should have left the onion out for the dog, too.  Isn't it poisonous for them?)  It's a slightly jazzed-up version of Fitzy's ground beef and rice dish.  The recipe is in 365: No Repeats if anyone is interested.
 
Thank you hspenser for the congee recipe!  I like making a big pot of something in October- it feels very Haloween-y to me, especially if I find a good spooky movie to play while I'm working.  But all my old big pot recipes (chili, beef stew, tortilla soup) are full of stuff I have trouble digesting these days.  This is perfect!

FitzyK23
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   Posted 10/26/2008 7:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Bektold- onions are dangerous for dogs.
27 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.


Cookie's Wife
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   Posted 10/26/2008 9:12 AM (GMT -7)   
I always wanted to try something new...especially when the tummy isn't well. Can't wait to try it! Thanks!

Yours sounds good too Fitzy...I'll be trying that as well!
~april
 

 


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