In less than ten days, the RGB will be hosting a very happy occasion; our very own wedding reception. You may recall that two summers ago, we eloped to the Bay Area so we could make our 7:30 PM dinner reservations at Chez Panisse. By the end of the evening, we had a signed cookbook by Alice Waters. And by the end of the weekend, Tyler Florence had given us a pasta recipe. (Yeah… it was a pretty good weekend.)
One by one, we confessed to friends and family what we had done. And we promised to have a proper celebration… right after we renovated our home. It may have taken a year and a half, but we’re finally done and ready to party.
Just a few of our thirty to forty newly planted flower pots.
The thing about parties is that they require a lot of work. And I don’t know about you, but for me, and for my better half, a lot of work causes a lot of anxiety. We’re in the middle of potting flowers, repairing the roof and painting the house. At some point, we’ll need to finalize the menu, shove the baby grand piano out into the garden, and decide if we’re really makin’ ourselves a cake.
In times of elevated stress, I rely on simple, basic food. No frills. No fanfare. Just something to soothe my over-stirred soul. Bonus: it cooks while I’m doing other things, like alphabetizing my bookshelf, packing egg cartons, and framing photographs. (I assure you, these are very important tasks.)
The next time you’re overworked, feeling stressed, or perhaps under the weather, try this porridge. And tell me if it made you feel better. For extra credit: pair it with a glass of ginger ale.
Source: Into the Vietnamese Kitchen, by Andrea Nguyen. page 67 . Very slightly adapted by the RGB to adjust amount of rice used and include scallion greens.