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Happy Fourth of July! [Jul. 4th, 2014|04:08 pm]
Happy Fourth of July!

(I was going to say "Happy Independence Day", but that only applies for those who live in the United States, whereas it is (or was quite recently) July 4th everywhere on Earth. So.)

I read this article saying "you can make awesome giant pancakes in your fancy Japanese rice cooker!" with all kinds of gorgeous photos, and since we have a fancy Japanese rice cooker, I thought I would give it a try for the July 4th picnic Joe Zemek hosted at the Regis community gardens today. (Thanks, Joe!) So I found a good recipe for chocolate pancakes and mixed up the batter this morning and popped in the rice cooker.

Well. Maybe your rice cooker can make awesome oversized cocoa pancakes, but mine does not make pancakes. Mine makes sadcakes.

After the rice cooker sang its little "Rice is ready, come get rice!" song, the center of the cake was still jiggly liquid. I left it in there on warm for a little while in hopes that maybe it would firm up, but no, it just deflated. The article said this problem could be fixed up by a few minutes in the microwave, but the bowl is metal, so you have to get the cake out of the bowl in one piece first, so I ended up cutting a paper plate to fit so I could invert the cake very gently onto it, which required two extra hands, and then I microwaved it and that finished cooking it but it kinda slumped and split and welded itself to the plate, and the final result was edible, but pretty ugly and only palatable, not super-yummy. In short, sadcake.

Happily, the refrigerator pickles I also made turned out really well.

In keeping with the holiday, after hearing a friend's story about getting a terrible boss fired via organized but peaceful revolt, we concluded that the Revolutionary War would have gone very differently if the colonists had been able to make complaints to England's HR department.

As expected, it was a lovely picnic, brought to a sudden close by heavy-rain-almost-hail.

Afterwards, Jerry and I paid a short visit to my grandmother. I helped her cut up a whole pineapple, and she sent some home with us. It's amazing and very sweet, and I conclude that I have mostly been eating under-ripe pineapple. We also helped get her TV working again, so I'm glad we went to visit today.

Tonight we will head off to watch the Broomfield fireworks from the athletic field at the school near the Floyds'. Presuming we don't get rained out, of course.

I hope your day is just as good as ours!

[User Picture]From: dpolicar
2014-07-05 01:44 am (UTC)
Our rice-cooker makes pancakes.
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2014-07-05 04:53 am (UTC)
Is your rice-cooker named "Dave"?
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[User Picture]From: earthling177
2014-07-05 05:16 am (UTC)
Well, it doesn't really "make" pancakes. Well, maybe it does in another cycle.

When I tried it, because y'know, morbid curiosity and all, I tried it on the regular rice cycle. It was undercooked. Someone (Shaby, I think?) had said they needed two cycles with a short (ten-ish minute) cool down in between because the fuzzy logic doesn't let one start another cycle right as one ends.

So anyway, yes, it cooked, it was good, but it took I dunno, 2 hours for pancake? And if at least it took two hours without input, fine, but if one needs to be there when it ends, remove the pan and keep the cooker open for cool down, then put the pan back and wait another 45 minutes etc, it might be too fussy.

If there's another cycle (maybe brown rice, or porridge) that works, great, it might be worth it, otherwise it might be easier/better to just put the batter in a pyrex in the oven or nuker or combination of nuker/oven.

But for most people, it might be simpler to just fry the pancakes as usual, it will certainly be faster.
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[User Picture]From: dpolicar
2014-07-05 05:19 am (UTC)
Well, yes, that's true too.
But "our rice-cooker makes pancakes" is also true as the world understands truth.
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[User Picture]From: tbass
2014-07-05 02:56 am (UTC)
I have seen the rice cooker cakes work for some people and fail completely for others. One of my friends cooked his in it for like three hours and it never cooked all the way but another keeps popping out huge cakes.
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[User Picture]From: danthered
2014-07-05 06:20 pm (UTC)
Rice cooker pancakes would not have occurred to me. After reading this post and the comments thereto, I rather think rice cooker pancakes will carry on not occurring to me, even though I do have a "Neuro Fuzzy" rice cooker which does sing the rice-is-ready-so-come-get-rice-now-or-if-you-prefer-I'll-just-keep-it-warm-for-a-few-hours-for-you song.
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