for family meals :
Rice and Bean Salad
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Little Rice History
go all the way back to the beginning of agriculture
to start. Agriculture was estimated to start around
10,000 BC. For centuries, humans maintained themselves
by fishing in the rivers, hunting in the forests,
and gathering edible plant products. The earliest
agriculture was probably focused on plants that
reproduced vegetatively, but the seeds of varieties
of wild rice such as Oryza fatua may have found
their way to the gardens at an early date.
first record for North America dates from 1685,
when the crop was produced on the coastal lowlands
and island of what is now South Carolina. The
crop may well have been carried to that area by
slaves brought from Madagascar.
domestication of rice ranks as one of the most
important developments in history, for this grain
has fed more people over a longer period of time
than has any other crop.
1 1/4 cups canned unsalted chicken broth
1 1/2 cups long-grain rice
6 boneless skinless chicken breasts, well trimmed
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 15-ounce cans black beans, rinsed, drained
1 16-ounce can corn, rinsed, drained
1 bell pepper, chopped
1/2 red onion, chopped
1/4 cup lightly packed chopped fresh cilantro
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 large garlic cloves
2 cups water and 1 cup chicken broth to boil
in heavy medium saucepan. Add rice. Season with
salt and pepper; reduce heat to low. Cover and
simmer until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed,
about 20 minutes. Transfer rice to large bowl
broiler. Place chicken on heavy broiler proof
pan. Brush chicken with 1/2 tablespoon olive
oil. Season chicken with salt and pepper and
sprinkle with 1 teaspoon cumin. Broil chicken
until cooked through, turning once, about 10
minutes. Cool and cut chicken into 1-inch pieces.
Add chicken, black beans, corn, bell pepper,
red onion and cilantro to rice in bowl.
remaining 1/4 cup chicken broth, remaining 1
tablespoon olive oil, remaining 1 teaspoon cumin,
lime juice and garlic in blender. Process until
garlic is finely minced. Season to taste with
salt and pepper.
dressing over salad in bowl and toss well. (Can
be prepared up to 4 hours ahead. Cover and refrigerate).
Chinese Myth on Rice
myth tells of rice being a gift of animals rather
than of gods. China had been visited by an especially
severe period of floods. When the land had finally
drained, people came down from the hills where
they had taken refuge, only to discover that
all the plants had been destroyed and there
was little to eat. They survived through hunting
but animals were scarce. One day the people
saw a dog coming across a field, and on dog's
tail were long, yellow seeds. The people planted
these seeds, rice grew, and hunger disappeared.
China today, tradition holds that "the precious
things are not pearls and jade but the five
grains", of which rice is first.