Food & Drink

I'm Chris - or Christopher - or Mr. Dean - or Master Christopher - or just plain Sir. I'm a self-professed foodie. I love to cook and I take great pleasure in all things edible. My husband and I are relatively new to Portland, Oregon and are enjoying our culinary explorations of the area!

Food is NOT just fuel!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Roasted Chicken & Saffron Rice

Last night I was craving something simple and tasty.  Nothing is simpler than roasting chicken and using a rice cooker.  :)  I cheated and bought a whole chicken that was already cut up (but I have been practicing my knife skills, and while I'm not crazy fast at separating a chicken, I'm getting very good at it).  And I did nothing more than spread some olive oil over each piece, and then sprinkle with salt & pepper - simple, right?  And delicious!

For the rice, there were a few more steps.  I got some simple (there's that word again...theme for dinner) long-grain white rice, and put a cup of it in the rice cooker.  My cooker is based on 1 cup rice, 2 cups liquid.  I boiled some water (about 1 1/2 cups) and then poured the hot water into a glass with about a full teaspoon of saffron.  [Fun note - saffron is more expensive than gold by weight.]  I let the saffron seep for about 10 minutes - this flavors and colors the water.  Then I poured the entire glass, saffron & all, into the rice cooker with the rice and then topped it off (up to 2 cups) with regular water.  The lid went on, and the button got pushed.  Easy.  For some additional color, flavor & texture, I sauteed one chopped sweet onion, and one chopped red pepper with a little salt.  When they were softened, and the rice was done, I mixed it all together in a bowl with a little more salt.  So simple. 

Can't resist this last photo - my best buddy Max is always nearby when I'm cooking.  And yes, he gets to can I resist this face?


  1. Oh my goodness...I want to smootch that puppy! the food looks great too, but he's a honey.

  2. Haven't seen a photo of Max since winter- he looks great!! Thanks-