Have you ever purchased a piece of furniture you have had to put together? Maybe a child's bicycle or some other toy? You lay out all the pioeces, like with like, and turn to the instructions -- which are written in Chinese. Darn, if you could only read the instructions you might be able to put that thing together. Even translated, if those instructions are not well written, you might as well hang it up. Clear, explicit instructions. That's what a process essay is all about.
Blog Assignment: This week you will write a paragraph that allows you to describe the steps needed to perform a specific task. You will respond to either topic #5 or #8 on page 230 of the textbook.
My Response: When I asked my husband what he wanted for his birthday, he surprised me by saying "rice pudding." Well, the last time he had this obsession and I caved in, I used an Indian recipe that required rosewater. I made a huge pot and the rosewater was way too overpowering. I wound up throwing it away. Needless to say, I have been reluctant to try it again, but when it is your lover's birthday wish, you'll do anything to make him happy- including possibly embarrass yourself with less than perfect rice pudding. As it turned out, it was totally amazing. Here's how to emulate my success and win your husband's well-deserved attention.
CREAMY, DREAMY RICE PUDDING
7 c. water
1 1/4 c. Jasmine rice
1 cinnamon stick, about 4" long
1 - 14 oz. can condensed milk
1 - 14 oz. can coconut milk
1 c. fat free milk
ground Saigon cinnamon for dusting
Put the water, rice, and cinnamon stick in a heavy pot. Bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat and cook, uncovered, until tender (about 15 minutes).
Drain the rice in a sieve, removing the cinnamon stick. Return the drained rice to the pan, add the coconut milk, the condensed milk, and the fat free milk. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, uncovered, stirring regularly, until the mixture is thick (about 20 minutes).
Transfer the rice pudding to serving dishes and dust with the Saigon cinnamon.
A sprinkling of crushed pistachios would transform this into a sublime birthday desert.
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