We now make a batch of rice every day. I don't eat rice every day, but the girls do. Etta practically asks for it every lunch and dinner. She loves how it sticks together and she can easily get it from plate to mouth without dropping three fourths of it on the floor. She even uses her learning chopsticks when eating rice. How to make sticky rice you ask? We use an American white rice called Calrose (it's cheaper on base than buying anything local here). The key is in washing it. I used to rinse it three times but now I'm even better at it. I use the rice measuring cup and do one cup, put in a bit of water and wash with my hands real well. Dump the water and fill it again and wash again. The water is still milky for several washes. Once you can see the rice through the water I consider it clean but drain the rice in a colander to get all the dirty water out. I've used a whisk too when I'm too lazy to use my hands. That works well but is another dish for me to hand wash. I fill the water to the appropriate line, turn it on, and in about 45 minutes my rice is done to perfection. The kids love it.
Here are a couple pictures of the girls eating Nori
On the other side of rice, it's everywhere. It's not just sticky on plates or bowls, but it's sticky in hair, on the floor, on the rugs, on your feet! I have to vacuum almost daily because of rice. I also wonder how rice gets stuck in Chloe's diaper? I go to change a wet diaper and there are grains of rice in there. The worst is when I step on rice on the floor, it's hard to scrape it off once it's been smooched on.
That's all on rice for now. I know it's not tons of information, but just our current experience with it. I'm sure we'll have more to say after two years of eating rice. More pictures to come.