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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Black Rice Pasta

I had to try this black rice pasta when I saw it in the store. I already had some black rice soba noodles and I loved it, but it is hard to do it justice in a photograph. I will definitely try that again. Black rice is rich in antioxidants which I like to eat instead of blueberries. Everyone gives me a hard time because I don't like blueberries and they are so healthy for you. Then I found that black rice has just as much antioxidants as blueberries so I eat that instead! Now I found the black rice pasta...what could be better?
Anyway the other thing that I have found in the stores lately is Philadelphia Cooking Creme, that is supposed to make cooking a meal a snap. It comes in many flavors like Santa Fe, Italian, and Savory Garlic. But looking at the ingredients it has little "creme" but various gums, and additives even corn syrup. Being that it is next to the cream cheese I thought I would go with that instead.
So I used:
  • 4oz cream cheese (just 4oz, I have a small family, use the whole 8oz package if making more)
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream (or creme fresh or Mexican crema)
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth (or vegetable broth if going vegetarian)
  • 2 cloves chopped garlic (more or less to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped chives
This is the basic sauce that I used for the savory garlic. for the Santa Fe you can use chilies and cumin. The Italian use some Italian seasoning . You could probably even use some Greek yogurt instead of the sour cream. I just heated it in a sauce pan to make in smooth and creamy. Just a few more steps from opening the tub, but i think it's worth it.

I quick stir fried some Chinese broccoli, shallots,  and chicken if you like, this one was vegetarian. Then add shredded carrots, and diced tomatoes, then add the cooked pasta, and mix in the sauce. Top with Parmesan, or cotija cheese like I did here.
Really it tastes better than it looks, and it's fairly healthy with the greens and black rice pasta. The pasta will look better for serving if you didn't use a cream sauce, but it sure tastes good and the flavor was there.

A little update on Mika, she is fitting in well to our schedules with school and work. I wish we could of added her to our family sooner when I was off fort he summer, but you can't plan for everything. She has found a few favorite spots around the house to call her own, she likes it here under this chair.
Early Monday morning since school was called off due to the tropical storm Issac, we decided to go to the beach since the storm passed us by without too much wind or rain to speak of. If we went early enough we shouldn't run into too many people.(just surfers) The water was pretty high and left a lot of natural debris like seaweed and such. A good time to go shelling is after a storm.
Mika had fun and really enjoyed the water, with border collies I guess it could go either way.
I can't wait until we can let her off the leash and run! She's just not ready for that much discipline yet, but she does so well at home it won't be long.
She thinks everybody is her friend and they all love her.
My birthday was Sunday and it was pretty much overcast and waiting to see where Issac was heading. We were going to take the boat out but that didn't happen, so we just went out for breakfast (I wasn't going to cook) at a favorite beach restaurant where dogs are welcome. (Wade has to take business calls now that he has his own shop, and of course everyone's jet skis break on the weekend)
She had fun checking everything out, just so many new things to take in...she was chasing birds and lizards, and even got a chance to meet some doggy friends.

47 comments:

  1. Black rice pasta that is a new one on me. I am sure we get things here that you do not get, but there are so many things I see in recipes from America that are a complete mystery to me!!
    Mika looks like she is a very happy dog :-)
    Take care Diane

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    1. Diane, that is one of the things I enjoy about blogging is seeing new things from everywhere and seeing if i can find it or duplicate it just for fun! :) Mika makes us smile too!

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  2. Hi Lyndsey, this is interesting, first time I come across black rice pasta. But it look great.

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos, your dog look cute too.

    Have a nice weekend.

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    1. Amelia, the black rice pasta is pretty good, next time I'll srve it where you can really see it black.

      Thanks, i love sharing my photos.

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  3. Thanks for sharing as I've never seen black rice before. Looks like this is a very healthy meal.
    Mika looks pretty too!

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    1. I grabbed it off the shelf the fist time i saw it...so fun to try new things.

      Mika gets a lot of attention with her looks. I just hope it doesn't go to her head! :)

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  4. Mika is GORGEOUS!!! I have three Border Collies and each one feels differently about the water. My male LOVES water, the oldest female can take it or leave it, and the youngest doesn't like it. haha

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    1. We had an Australian Sheperd for almost 16 years and he liked the water, same goes for Aussies, some like it and some don't. Mika has not been in the pool yet, we don't want her to be as annoying as our Aussie when we are in the pool. It must be interesting with three Border Collies.

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  5. That looks very interesting!! I would love to try it.

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    1. It tastes better than it looks, and you can really make it the way you like it.

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  6. I've never seen a black rice pasta before.

    Visiting from Camera Critters.
    Pets & Critters Nook

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  7. Lindsey this black rice pasta look amazing I never see before.
    love your mika is nice.we
    I have a dog Mouska:) and others two dogs (men)
    but I love mouska!

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  8. Mika sure is a cute dog, enjoyed your photos. I have never seen black rice pasta and was very interested in that. The recipe was a nice surprise to a Camera Critter visit.

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    1. Thanks Denise, I lumped two posts in one! :) Hope you don't mind!

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  9. This looks absolutely wonderful!!! I haven't heard of black rice past before, but I love black rice, so I will have to look for the pasta. Enjoyed the pictures of Mica, Too!

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    1. I found it at an Asian store, but you might find it different places!

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  10. Black rice pasta is new to me. Love its earthy colour.
    Mica for sure was having fun!

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  11. I've tried Philadelphia cooking cream before but have never come across the different flavors you mentioned. I think they are more a substitute for regular cream and doesn't curdle when cooked...? But now that you mentioned all the gums and additives in it...I think I might think twice about using it next time :)
    The black rice pasta sounds exotic though, and your dish looks good too!

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  12. First of all happy birthday. I hope your special day was filled with everyone and everything you love. Mika is adorable and what a nice personality. She is perfect for your family.

    I haven't seen black noodles, but I have some black rice a friend gave to me. To be honest, I haven't tried it yet for fear it wouldn't photograph well. What was I thinking...
    Sam

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  13. Love all your photos Lindsey! Mica sure looks happy on the beach, and your black rice pasta is amazing, healthy and really delicious. Will keep my eyes open to find it at my fave neighborhood Asia market. So far, I have not tried Philadelphia cooking cream; don't think I've even seen it on our supermarket shelf.

    Glad you had a nice relaxing birthday celebration. Isaac didn't batter you guys on the west coast with the heavy winds and rain, like it did here, in south-east of Florida.

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  14. This rIce pasta looks great love that you always love trying new foods belated birthday wishes love your beach walks mika is a lucky dog to be in your sweet family

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  15. Sounds wonderful and I had no idea how good black rice was for you! what a gorgeous doggie!
    Mary x

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  16. Yum and mega healthy, love this recipe and of course seeing beautiful Mika!

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  17. happy belated birthday to you and wishing you healthy and joyful all the time! Mika sure had a good time at the beach! i probably hv seen the black rice in grain form before but not in pasta type. i know what you mean by taking photos of 'black food' but it's looking good, dun worry :)

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  18. wow! I have never seen black rice pasta before- how fun!

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  19. Happy belated birthday my friend. Wishing you lots of love, peace and good health. First time heard about black rice pasta. Learn a new thing today:D Ya, it is hard to take black food but you did well. Mika is a beautiful dog.

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  20. Happy Belated Birthday! Mica is gorgeous! Love those blue eyes. The black rice pasta is intriguing! Your creation looks delicious too.

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  21. When my computer browser opened the first photo, they momentously looked like warms and I thought 'what in the world is that?' LOL!
    I never heard of black rice pasta. They sound so good, especially loaded with antioxidant. I have to look out for them. What is the texture like? Are they chewy like wheat pasta?

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  22. wow...recipe looks sooo tempting & very very yummm
    belated birthday wishes...hope u had lots of fun..:)
    mika is sooooooo cute..
    Tasty Appetite

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  23. Wait, black rice pasta! I must find this!! Thanks for sharing this meal, and I love the pics of your adorable pup!!

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  24. What a cutie Mika is, she looks so fun to be with! and very belated birthday wish to you too Lyndsey :D That plate of black rice pasta looks very interesting and delicious!

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  25. Hi Lyndsey, I've never seen black rice pasta much less taste it. Good that you've found an alternative food for antioxidants. Ship all your blueberries anytime to me please ;-), coz they're expensive here. Mika looks so loveable and playful!!

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  26. I think I saw this pasta at whole foods and KNEW I should have bought it!!

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  27. Mika is so cute! I am so pleased that she is fitting in well to your routines, she really is adorable. I hope you had a great summer - I took quite a bit of time off from blogging over the summer but now I'm back. I'm looking forward to seeing lots of recipes and inspiration from you over the autumn and winter.

    xx

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  28. I've never seen this this kind of black rice pasta (how interesting!), and looks delicious. Joanne said WF has it? I'm going to check it out! Mika is so cute and I already love looking at her! My kids would love a doggie, but I cannot have a 3rd child... no, not this time. :) So I enjoy looking at your Mika! :)

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    1. I picked it up at an Asian Market near my husbands shop. Once I saw it I had to grab it! :) Yes, you are exactly right, a puppy is like another kid! My daughter is old enough this time to help out a lot!

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  29. Mika looks so cute! And many hearty congratulations on your birthday, and also on 'Isaac' passing you by! I'm sure you had a great time, I've never had black rice. Or black rice pasta. And somehow dark, odd coloured foods are packed with punch (cf. the aforementioned blueberries :-)).

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  30. That pasta sounds interesting,Lindsey! your dog is so beautiful...Love those eyes!!!!

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  31. First time see this black rice pasta, sound healthy and good!

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  32. I love seeing your pictures of the area and the pup is adorable! :) Happy belated birthday!

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  33. Looks like something keeping you busy as well, Lyndz. I have a few days off during the weekend. Have to attend wedding dinner, not even celebrated Mid Autumn Festival caused of that.
    That's what I love about puppies. They just acting like a new born. Everything seems so weird living in this interesting world. haha... They chase anything, bark at anything, chew on almost everything.....so do watch out all your shoes or slippers & be caution. He might like the smell of new leather shoe. haha....
    Take care & have a great week ahead, dear.
    Blessings, Kristy

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  34. Dear Lyndsey, Happy Birthday!
    I like the dish you made. I am glad you made your own cream sauce. The Phili sauces do seem to be filled with things that don't need to be in there.
    The black rice pasta is something I would love to try. Don't feel bad not liking Blueberries, I only like the really sweet ones.
    Your dog Mika is adorable. It is wonderful to have the love of a dog. They are so true to you.
    Have a nice weekend. Blessings dearest. Catherine xo

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  35. Looks like we are both behind in blogging! Hope you had a happy birthday. Your little Mika is just so cute!!

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  36. Have not seen black rice pasta but again I may have not paid enough attention to the pasta shelves. Interesting pasta.

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