This blog is a way of sharing the information and resources that have helped me to recover my son Roo from an Autism Spectrum Disorder. What I have learned is to view our symptoms as the results of underlying biological cause, which can be identified and healed. I say "our symptoms" because I also have a neuro-immune disorder called Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.

And, of course, I am not a doctor (although I have been known to impersonate one while doing imaginative play with my son)- this is just our story and information that has been helpful or interesting to us. I hope it is helpful and interesting to you!

Friday, August 2, 2019

How to Cook Rice and Other Grains

 NYT guide to making rice

Perfect Basmati Rice

1 c basmati rice
2 c water (or broth)
1 1/2 T butter, bacon grease, or other cooking fat
1/2 tsp salt

Rinse the rice several times until the water runs clear.

Wild Rice

Bring one cup of wild rice and 4 cups of water or broth to a boil (add 1/2 tsp salt if not using salted broth).  Cover and simmer for 45 minutes, then check for doneness.  The rice may need up tp 15 minutes more.  When done, drain excess liquid and fluff with a fork.

Rice cooked in the oven

Rinse 1 cup of long-grain white rice.  Melt 1 T of butter, lard, coconut oil, or other cooking oil in a large oven-proof pan.  Saute the rice in the fat until it starts to smell nutty.  Add 2 cups of water (or broth), 1 tsp of salt, mix to combine, and bring to a boil.  Cover with a tight-fitting lid and bake for 17 minutes in a 350 degree oven, then take out of the oven and let sit for 10 minutes with the lid still on.

Buckwheat groats

Add one cup of buckwheat groats and 1/2 tsp salt to two cups of boiling water.  Bring back to the boil then reduce heat, cover the pot, and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.  Drain excess liquid once the groats are tender and done.


Thoroughly rinse quinoa grains (the grains have a coating with an unpleasant taste so this is important).  Bring 1 cup of quinoa, 2 cups of water or broth, and 1/4 tsp of salt to a boil and simmer (covered) for 15 to 20 minutes.  Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes.