"cooking" Scene 11
Nothing to it!
Olivia is hosting a dinner party. She asks her friend Zach,
a chef, to help her with her menu.
O: Zach, help me out, please!
Z: What's the problem?
O: I told Mara I'd throw her a dinner party to celebrate her 30th
birthday, but I just can't get a good menu sorted out.
Z: Well, what did you have in mind?
O: I found this really great recipe for spicy fish and I have a
salad that I think will go pretty well with it, but I need a
side dish that's going to provide a little substance.
Z: What kind of spicy fish are you making?
O: It's Cajun-style salmon. I have the recipe here if you want to
take a look.
Z: Thanks. Hmmm, why don't you try rice? I know a great recipe
for cumin rice that should match this pretty well. It looks
good, tastes good and best of all it's easy as pie to make.
O: That sounds like exactly what I'm looking for! What do you
Z: Well, rice of course. I usually use short grain but I think
long grain should work fine as well. Then you need cumin seeds,
a little oil, chicken stock and green onions.
O: That's all?
Z: Yep. I told you it's simple. You just wash the rice, stir fry
the cumin seeds in the oil for a couple of minutes until they
start to brown, add the rice and chicken stock, cover and boil
for about 20 minutes until it's tender. When it's done, you
stir in the green onions. Nothing to it! The most difficult
part is watching it carefully so it doesn't burn.
O: Yum! It sounds delicious! Can you give me the recipe?
Z: Well, if you have some paper and a pen on you, I'll jot it down
for you now.
O: Thanks a million Zach. I'll try it out tonight!