Thursday, March 10, 2011

Spanish Rice The Real Thing

Mom and Dad were experiencing the Empty Nest Syndrome, as Dad retired from the Rail Road and we three children had all married and left home.

My Dad decided that they needed to downsize, and also they required some additional income. His idea was to demolish our old home place and to build a four plex apartment on the acre that we had grown up on.

Carefully they removed doors, windows and good wood that they could reuse up in the mountains to build a larger cabin, but that is another story. They did move the old garage to the rear of the property and stored much of their furniture there.

Now they needed a place to live while the new apartments were being built so Mother asked me to go with her to look at a small apartment for rent near our church.

A middle aged widow lady named Arora opened the door and took us to the rear of her home. There she showed us a small apartment that would serve Mom and Dad’s needs. We commented that her house smelled so good, for she was cooking as we entered. Arora invited us to sample her Spanish rice that she was fixing for her and her son’s dinner.

We commented that this was not like any Spanish rice we had ever tasted. She informed us that this was the real thing and was the method used by the Spanish. We asked for her recipe, and she willingly gave it to us.

After Mother and Dad no longer needed her apartment, the lady remained our friend and during their stay, she became a member of our church.

Mom and Dad had an influence on many people, and usually it was the soft kind of witnessing. They lived the Christ life, and others were drawn to the Lord by their example. That is what happened with their Land Lady. Here follows her special recipe.

Spanish Rice – Arora Snider

3 Tablespoons oil into deep skillet
1 cup raw long grain white rice   
½ onion chopped       
2 garlic cloves            
2 1/2 cups water
2 bouillon cubes - chicken flavor
1 Tablespoon chili powder
½ can Tomato Sauce and a Pinch of salt

Heat oil and add the rice, stir with a wooden spoon until rice browns.
Add all the other ingredients.  Cover and simmer 35 minutes.
When done remove the garlic cloves.)

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  1. Sounds like a delicious recipe and a great story to go with it.

  2. So special when you have a story with a recipe.

    It does sound delicious must give it a try.

  3. Yum! I'm totally giving this a try--thank you, Hazel, for another story with recipe!


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