Saturday, January 1, 2011

The Start of a NEW YEAR in 2011........CHEESE BAKED RICE as promised

"Happy New Year" to all of you, if I can still say that some of you who are still patiently following my this time , could have been bored to death with my last posting on the "Konnyaku Jelly" ...which was like since last October........yeah, you are right, I felt deeply "SORRY" for not blogging lately.....and really felt "BAD" for not keeping my promise in being a consistent blogger......and I felt truly "AWFUL" for owing so many of you recipes that you have requested from me and I have promise to post.......PLEASE ACCEPT MY SINCERE APOLOGY, FOLKS!! I promise to be good from now on........or else I'll punish myself for 3 months of "NO-BAKING"....which I think will definitely kill me, LOL ^_^...OK?? Deal??!! hehe.......

 I know I have tonnes of posting (I meant back-dated ones) to post and to clear my debts towards those of you that I owe.......but, don't worry , I will start with the very recent ones first, as the really old ones, I'll definitely bake and make again.......if the recipe is worth to be a keeper, so sooner or later, it'll be UP ;)

So, I'll start with the the celebration of me and my family "Welcoming the NEW YEAR 2011  on the eve of 2010....where I knew a few of you requested for this "Cheese Baked Rice" that I made for that night. I must say I'm not so much of a 'rice-person' as I would choose bread and pasta for rice anytime, hehe....but this "Cheese Baked Rice" was something that I would choose otherwise :)

1.5 cups rice
2 cups water
A knob of butter (I put 1 Tbsp)
Salt and pepper to taste
3-4 cloves of garlic
1/5 cups pineapple cubes (Optional , I didn't put this)
1/2 cup button mushrooms, sliced
1 cup ham, sliced
3/4 cup Mozzarella Cheese, grated (or more, hehe)
3/4 cup Cheddar Cheese, grated  ( or more too, hehe)
1 can of Cream of Chicken Soup (do not mix with water, straight from the tin please)
Herbs of your choice, I used Rosemary, Bay Leave, Parsley and Basil and lots of Black pepper

  1. Melt the butter in a frying pan, then add in the garlic, salt, pepper and some herbs. Fry till fragant, then add in the rice. Fry for about 5 minutes and transfer to the rice cooker.
  2. Add the water and sprinkle some more herbs if you like. Let it cook.
  3. Add the sliced ham , mushrooms, pineapple and some black pepper to the rice when cooked. Stir and mix well.
  4. Dish into a baking dish or individual foil casing, add more herbs (trust me, it won't overdose, you'll regret if you don't, LOL).
  5. Evenly  spread the Cream of Chicken Soup on top of the rice, generously please, hehe.
  6. Sprinkle the grated Mozzarella and Cheddar cheese on top and bake at preheated oven at 200 degree Celsius for about 15-20 minutes, or until you see the cheese on top starting to brown and turn golden. Dig in and'll love this, I promise!!

Happy New Year everyone, may all your wishes come true .....
 for me, all I wish for in 2011, is for God to give me a fat bank account and a slim body, but please don't mix these 2 things up like YOU did last year, Amen !! LOL

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