Broccoli Rice Gratin; white screen of death

I love rice and vegetable gratins.

I really love any kind of a gratin that doesn’t require much, if any, advance preparation.

It’s the same reason I don’t (usually) brown meat before putting it in the slow cooker. I’ve gotten to be a lazy cook. Or, maybe, I’ve just gotten to be a more efficient cook who skips steps that don’t add a proportionate amount of flavor.

I used my usual quick-cooking brown rice for this dish. It looks like brown Basmati and cooks in about 17 minutes normally. It goes into this gratin uncooked. It’s Uncle Ben’s Brown Rice. I always chuckle when I see that box in the French supermarkets but it’s the standard for brown rice here…. Unless you go to the Bio (organic) store.

You could use asparagus in this for a more spring-like dish or cauliflower or even halved or quartered Brussels sprouts.

I also like flexible.

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Broccoli Rice Gratin

This is so easy, just mix and bake, and everyone loves it.

  • Author: KateLZ
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish

Ingredients

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  • 1/2 cup (3oz, 90gr) quick-cooking brown rice
  • 1 cup (8oz 240gr) chicken stock
  • 1/2 medium head broccoli, app 5oz (150gr) trimmed, cut into small florets
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup (4oz, 120gr) ricotta
  • 1/2 tsp marjoram
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/3 cup shredded cheese

Instructions

  • Mix rice, onion, stock, herbs and ricotta. 
  • Put the rice mixture into a baking dish.
  • Arrange the broccoli over the rice, pressing it down firmly. 
  • Cover and bake, 400F (200C) for 35 minutes. 
  • Uncover, sprinkle with shredded cheese and bake 5 minutes longer. 
  • Serve.

Notes

I used a quick-cooking brown Basmati. You could use regular Basmati or any rice that cooks in 15 – 18 minutes on the cook-top.

Keywords: rice gratin, broccoli

Broccoli Rice

I’m still trying to figure out all the people who are bored / have nothing to do during lock-down. You know – the ones that the ‘learn how to play an instrument’ or ‘write a book’ or ‘teach underwater basket-weaving’ commercials are aimed at.

That’s not the case chez nous. We are both as busy or busier than normal.

It’s possible that we’ve taken on more projects than usual….

One of my projects is to update this blog. For those who want to know the technical bits – I’m changing themes as the old one appears to be a resource hog and is getting progressively slower.

I spent the better part of last week researching, reviewing and finally selecting new themes to test, and then set-up a mirror blog to play with them without messing up the real one.

Saturday, due to be another rainy day, was the day I was going to start playing. I love to play with new stuff and was really looking forward to it.

Friday night, as I was closing down everything, I went to check a recipe on my blog.

None of the navigation worked. All of the indexes were gone. I hadn’t done anything but it was all broken.

I cobbled together a fix and set it aside for morning.

Saturday morning, I had worked out the problem. It wasn’t a big fix, it took about 15 minutes, and I could start my project as planned.

First, I went to Facebook to play a word in the Scrabble game with my daughter, and was presented with the Facebook White Screen of Death.

For those who don’t know what that is….. it’s a blank white screen. You can see the tabs and the browser bar but the rest is white.

I googled it.

Apparently it’s a problem that has been around for, I don’t know….. as long as Facebook has.

They haven’t addressed it and no one has a reliable fix.

I only found 3 people who even offered unreliable fixes.

I tried the first one…. didn’t work.

The second one involved waiting for it to fix itself – anywhere from 12 hours to 7 months according to the comments.

The third one was to sign in on a different computer at a different IP address.

A computer – not a phone or tablet. This was a computer / desktop problem

It worked fine on my phone and tablet.

That took care of my Saturday project. I spent the morning Googling and trying fixes.

I stepped away from the desk.

I meditated for 20 minutes…. then I fussed with seedlings, walked the dog in the rain, exercised, had lunch.

After about 5 hours I decided to try to sign on using mon mari‘s computer. I was a bit hesitant as I didn’t want to do anything to mess up his Facebook access.

It worked.

Either the problem fixed itself or signing on to a different computer fixed it. I will never know.

Maybe next Saturday……

4 thoughts on “Broccoli Rice Gratin; white screen of death”

  1. We too have been busier since this all started. I can only guess that those commercials are geared toward people who live in tiny apartments.

    I spent the day outside, working in the yard. I’m getting a lot done though when I look around, it doesn’t seem like it. But I am. It’s a good thing. We’re supposed to have accumulative snow on Thursday *sigh*

    Your gratin looks delicious! I’m a sucker for rice. We had green bean soup tonight. I thought I might have put too much sour cream in it, but it turned out just right.

    And for what it’s worth, FB has been screwed up for me for a week. I don’t even bother anymore. When it works, fine. When it doesn’t, I just ignore it for a few days and check back.

    • I have to learn to be less upset when things quit working – but it drives my crazy. This morning the satellite didn’t work. That meant no news with my morning coffee unless I pulled the box out, unplugged it, hit reset, waited 30 minutes and plugged it back in. Still haven’t done it lol
      Maybe it will fix itself….

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