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May 24, 2010


Over the years, Peter Goudas never incorporated cooking instructions on packaged products.

Since most of these products were base items, most of the cooks already knew how to utilize these items.

In fact, some were so proficient; they could write recipes based on the products.

However, as time progressed, and the younger generation found their way into the kitchen not knowing that there was a kitchen in every apartment where the grandmother stayed for hours at a time.

Now that some of the grandmothers are flying with the angels and can no longer assist in the cooking preparations, these youngsters have discovered that, along with their university degree, they should have taken some cooking lessons so that they would not starve to death, and not be at the mercy of sandwich shops and fine and fast food eateries.

In addition, with the introduction of the internet there are thousands of recipes anything from cooking frog legs to cows feet.

(By the way, Mr. Goudas has written a book called The Cow Foot Story.

We suggest you find a copy somewhere and enjoy humour in all its glory.

It is about a new Canadian-Greek businessman back in the early 1970,s trying to cope with the needs of different nationalities and trying to communicate with his broken English-Greek accent with a Jamaican client who speaks Jamaican patios only and asks Mr. Goudas for cow feet and cow cud.
And you thought Mr. Goudas was only in the rice business!)

It has become apparent that every item is an issue and instructions are needed for everything.
New cooks rely on the internet for answers.

As a result, they are at the mercy of the various writers.

Some information makes sense, others are useless, and some information is placed by people who only want notoriety.

Additionally, some writers know nothing about cooking, and some of the great cooks do not know how to write.

One Sunday, Mr. Goudas picked up the telephone to find that the person on the other end was a lady inquiring how to cook rice.

She mentioned that she had heard that rice took approximately twenty minutes to cook. However, she needed to know how long it took the water to boil.

Mr. Goudas responded that it took only a couple of minutes.
She stated that it was now over an hour and there were no signs of boiling.

Mr. Goudas suggested she check to see if she had turned the stove on.
She proceed to do that and upon her return after checking she indicated that she did not turn the stove on.
She thanked him and stated that he had made her day.

Because of all of the above, Mr. Goudas decided to incorporate some recipes on some of the packages, some of the time.

In this instance, he decided to place cooking instructions on packages of various varieties of rice.

Being humorous, as always, he thought it would be a good idea to give instructions to new chef and at the same time to entertain him/her.

Here are the instructions as they appear on packages of different varieties of rice.

Since the first packages of rice arrived at the store level, the company has received comments that the instructions are very entertaining and informative.

The most entertaining bag of rice I’ve ever seen by Shareba Abdul


By Mr.Goudas. Spyros Peter Goudas.

Obviously, there is a first time for any new chef to undertake cooking rice.
Sometimes, a person can get very annoyed after purchasing a bag of rice, when once at home, he/she realizes that there are no cooking instructions on the package. And, being a novice at cooking, one is stuck.

On the other hand, sometimes there are cooking instructions that one follows right down to the last detail, and the rice still does not come out right.

The reason for that is, sometimes the instructions tell you to put 1 cup of rice to 2 cups of water.
Bring water to boil, then put the rice in the pot, cover with the lid, reduce the heat for 20 minutes and 18.5 seconds, so let us synchronize our watches, and hope that the water evaporates and the rice gets cooked!

If you hit the jackpot, maybe you end up with good tasting rice!

Obviously, different varieties of rice have different cooking time periods, and with each stove being different (electric stoves give off different heat proportions than gas stoves), the instructions on the bags can be way off from reality.

You may end up with very soft rice, which is yucky, and right off the bat you will hate the taste. Or, it is hard as a bullet and your dentist will love you! I do know that there are people who cook rice very well and I always learn from them.

But for those who have no knowledge and want to experiment with the grain, I suggest the following:

Regardless of the variety, brand or country of origin, the recipe below has all the information a beginner needs to perfect the art of cooking rice.

1 cup of rice (enough for 1 or 2 persons)
6 or more parts water (parts = cups)
Salt to taste

This is all you require as far as the list of ingredients.
And of course, a pot!

Put the pot on the stove.
Add the water.
Turn the stove on.
Bring the water to a boil.
Add a cup of rice and salt to taste.
Let the rice boil until it is tender to your taste.

Every so often taste one grain.

It is also quite entertaining to watch the rice boiling, jumping up and down.

So since you do not cover the pot, use the lid as your steel drum instrument, a fork as the drumstick, and get into the rhythm as you watch the grains bubbling; all the while singing the song with the words:

Goudas Rice is very nice!
Goudas Rice is very nice!
It is good for pelau*
or Chinese fried rice!
So take my advice and buy Goudas Rice!

By the way, did you like the song?
Is it the first time you heard this jingle?
Wait until you hear it played on steel drums!
It is absolutely wonderful.

The song, with the dancing rice and beans orchestra is incorporated into this website.

You must repeat the song again and again until you memorize the lyrics and the rice is tender to your taste!

You then remove the pot from the stove and empty into a colander/strainer.
When all the water is drained, return the rice to the pot, and place a slice or two of butter on the top.
Cover the pot with your steel drum (lid) for a few minutes, to allow the butter to melt into the rice and stir.
If you do not like butter, put a little bit of margarine or oil.
Now you are the chef and you know how to cook any rice! Congratulations!

And now read one of our poems, and try to say it in one breath.
If you enjoy rice, and I hope you do,
Goudas rice, is just for you!

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