A Challenging Dinner

Dinner, July 7th, 2017: Shakshuka

Cooked by: my amazing wife Jen


Serves 2

4 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, finely sliced
1 red pepper, diced
1 green pepper, diced
6 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tsp sweet paprika
½ tsp cumin seeds
½-1 tsp cayenne pepper
800g tinned tomatoes (or ripe tomatoes in season)
2 tsp sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice
4 eggs
Small bunch of fresh coriander, roughly chopped

Dinner, July 7, 2012: Rice

Cooked by: Poor decision-making


Serves 1

5 cups of uncooked rice

In July of 2012, I was issued a challenge. A very good friend of mine challenged me to eat rice while he also ate rice until one of us was not able to eat rice anymore. We took 4 cups of uncooked rice and cooked it up. I’m told this yields around 8 cups of cooked rice. I’m can’t confirm this, because we devoured it before it could be measured. Neither man wavered. So we measured out 4 more cups–then cooked and devoured. And still, both stomachs remained strong. But, a little less so this time. So we measured out 2 more cups. We cooked. And then we also ate. Slowly. And–somewhat painfully. And then we both agreed to be done doing this.

According to some resources, 5 cups of uncooked rice will feed 25 people, but I can tell you from experience that it only feeds two. Provided those two are very stupid young men who are willing to spend the rest of the evening suffering from “the rice spins. Thankfully, I will never experience “the shakshuka spins” because I’ve learned my lesson: quality over competitive gorging.


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