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Raisin Hell

I was going to make my mom's famous Pepsi-Raisin Rice for New Year's, but I got lazy. Today, however, I decided: I have all the ingredients -- a large box of raisins, a 2-liter bottle of Pepsi, 2 cups of rice, butter, and a dash of salt -- so I might as well make the damned rice for dinner.

The box of raisins had been opened, though. And not many, if any, raisins had been removed. Uh-oh. *I* didn't open them, since the whole box is usually only just enough. I saw three distinct possibilities: either Tubby or briganski opened them, or I bought them opened. I didn't so much care about the first two, but if it was the third, those raisins were going to be returned to the store.

I figured Tubby was the most likely culprit. We often eat each other's food. I'll have one of his C2s or he'll have some of my mixed nuts, etc., but it's okay because it usually comes out in the wash and we're often good about replacing what we've taken. So I called him, but I couldn't reach him.

I thought briganski was the less likely suspect. He is a grazer, often going into my fridge to raid my cheese and soft drinks. However, he doesn't tend to raid the unopened without at least asking first. And after last week's deluxe mixed nuts fiasco, I figured he would be less likely to be the guilty party. I got him on the phone, and sure enough it wasn't him.

So I called Tubby back, and this time I reached him. He said he didn't open the box of raisins. Damn, I thought, time to throw a couple of burgers in the microwave. But then Tubby added that Jess may have opened them. A-ha! I hate it when mystery stories introduce a new character right at the end, but here it was happening in real life. He says she asked if the raisins were his, and he thought he might have bought them, so she "may" have opened them. I asked him to confirm with her. He called me back in a few minutes: Jess had, indeed, eaten a few raisins.

Mystery solved, and I could now start cooking my supper!


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Jan. 4th, 2005 07:48 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure if I'm intrigued or horrified. Do you cook the rice in the Pepsi?
Jan. 4th, 2005 07:56 pm (UTC)
Absolutely! You wash the rice, plump the raisins, boil the rice in the Pepsi with a bit of salt, and when it's almost done add the raisins and a third of a stick of butter. Surprisingly tasty!
Jan. 6th, 2005 07:11 pm (UTC)
But did you use the right kind of rice (long grain)? Delia used to use the Calrose but now I don't know if what we have is jasmine or basmati.

Delia no longer makes the rice that way. She leaves out the Pepsi, for one thing. She's more inclined to just ask Cathy to make the rice, using one of her packets of Oriental thingies or her mix of rice, barley, kascha and vermicelli.
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