With the weekly cleaning to do, my fathers words of wisdom floated through my brain, "if you don't do it now, don't worry. It will still be there to do later". I sat down and thought (always dangerous for me) about portion sizes. Rice is a problem for me. Is it a fist full? Is it a palm full? Do I use my hand or my wife's, or can you buy plastic or latex hands somewhere? It's all too vague for me.
I measured out 75g of rice, it didn't look a lot to me, so I made it up to 100g. I found a spoon which measures 50g of heaped rice. This is the spoon I shall now always use. I poured the rice into a measuring jug and it came to just just shy of 4 fl oz.
So now I have my dry measurement sorted
Since I can cook for a number of people, I need to get the cooked measurements right. I cooked the 100g of rice, let it cool before packing it back into the measuring jug and packed it down. It measured 1/2 pint.
Sad person aren't I?
I looked in the cupboard for bowls and cups which held exactly 1/2 pint (measured by pouring water into it). I found a few, cups, bowls and ramekins. These are the containers I shall use for making rice moulds in future.
So, cooking for six would be 600g of rice, which will be packed and moulded, using the ramekins and each serving will be 357 Kcal.
Of course I shall do plenty extra, for those who want it. This will save me time weighing the cooked ingredients, make the presentation more pleasing and give me peace of mind that my portion sizes aren't creeping up.
That's the plan. Now to get off my bum, and burn a few calories doing the cleaning, washing and shopping.
Have a fine day all x