Extra Rice, Rice, Baby!

I had a strategy to hire a foodware developer/software developer/coder so when I wake up in the morning check the computer and with the help of symbols, numbers and letters I can identify who my enemies is/are. Then, I will dress incognito. Go the grocery and stalk the meat and fish section, the produce, the deli section, dairy section, ice cream, pasta, chips & candy, and the bakery. Did I leave anything behind? YES! How could I? I missed the Asian/Mediterranean aisles. I found my enemy: Aaahhh … “RICE!”

Rice, it’s just rice right? But there are a list of varieties I didn’t even know about. What I know is the floral Thai-Jasmine rice and the exotic Mediterranean, Indian-Basmati rice. But there are a whole world out there and here’s a simple list (to educate you and me): Texas rice, Texas wild rice, Calrose, Nishiki, California New Variety rice, Carolina varieties, Loiusiana varieties, African varieties, Bangladeshi, Cambodian, wild rice, Italian and Japanese. The Philippines alone has the white rice, sticky rice (for dessert), brown and black rice.

My enemies names are so floral, exotic and sometimes wild. So charming. Rice tastes so damn good with good dishes, stew or grilled or as desserts. This problem that I focused to create an algorithm for has the same outcome – Extra Rice. This requires major shift in my brain and is agonizing.

Since childhood, rice has been our main staple. In third world countries this is mostly the diet. A carton of Pancit or chow mein will feed a family of 10. Two tablespoons of chow mein but 2 to 3 cups of rice. Rice is a god. But since the countries are in the tropics, the heat is intense and humidity is so high that once you walk out of your house you perspire. Rice is for the people is energy, it sustains them from walking in the heat, working at businesses with no electric fans, air coolers or wall air conditioners. 3 Egyptian cotton bath towels would be absorbed from sweat of just one person. For the rich, they take 3 to 4 baths a day (not showers, baths.) Still, you will cross paths of people thin, skinny, langky. Why? Inspite of a good mounds of rice on their plate, their energy is due to climate factors is spent. Rice, in these part of the world is GOLD.

But, I live in the United States where we are so blessed with a variety of food and with DIETS that will not allow as to eat these foods. I MADE RICE MY FRIEND. My brain can handle portion sizes. When I use to have 2 cups of rice and an abundance of dishes which I loved to taste and eat and chow down, you bet, I am not visiting that weight scale (that is like a prison sentence.) Anxiety is involved and then depression kicks in.

Now, my thought process has changed, I think of the global consumption that depend on rice. And to be conscious of the world’s rice food cultivation. So, I found the solution to that hidden algorithm in the Dart Net. That, rice size portion is the best. Start backwards …plate of Xtra Rice (3 bowls), Xtra Large (2-1/2 bowls), Large (2 bowls), Medium (1 bowl) and Small (1/2 bowl). I can live with this.

To My Readers: I respect you. You are busy but life isn’t boring. So, I will get to the point.