Basmati Rice in an Electric Pressure Cooker

I have a 6 quart Bella Housewares electric pressure cooker. It’s reliable, but not much of a workhorse. Unlike the Instant Pot, which cooks at about 11 psi, the Bella tops out around 9 psi. No big deal–I just add a few extra minutes of cooking time when following recipes designed for the Instant Pot.

In the case of basmati rice, 2 extra minutes (a total of 5 minutes at high pressure in the Bella) does the trick.

This is how I cook basmati rice in my little pressure cooker. And because I care about you and your needs, I’ll also tell you how to cook it in an Instant Pot.

you need: 

1 cup white basmati rice

1 1/4 cups of water or broth

1/2 tablespoon coconut or extra virgin olive oil

pinch of salt

1 garlic clove, minced (you can skip this if you have poor taste)

  1. Put the pressure cooker into Saute mode.
  2. Add oil and garlic at the same time.
  3. When garlic starts turning a light golden brown, add the uncooked rice.
  4. Stir the rice with a wooden spoon frequently for about 2 minutes or until the rice starts to turn translucent. Don’t let it brown or burn!
  5. Add water and pinch of salt.
  6. Cook on manual pressure cooking mode for 5 minutes (under 10 psi) or 3 minutes (Instant Pot – high).
  7. Let the pressure release naturally for a maximum of 10 minutes.
  8. Now you have rice.

Kate Jayroe – Black Blooded Hen

Read this amazing short shorty called “Black Blooded Hen” by one of my favorite writers, Kate Jayroe, at Shirley Magazine.

And after that, check out this 5 question interview with Kate at NANO Fiction. I think it’s my favorite interview ever. Ever!!!

Embarrassing old stories: Sea Shepherd

Once upon a time I wrote a story about Celine Dion the Anarchist for a college writing class. I still think it’s a miracle that they let me graduate. Here it is.

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Stephanie Wong Ken – Face

Stephanie Wong Ken’s short story “Face” is my favorite of her works. I’ve read it so many times I’ve lost count. I’m so excited to see it not only published by Cosmonauts Avenue, but also awarded their Inaugural Fiction Prize!

Read “Face” at Cosmonauts Avenue, and keep your eye on Stephanie Wong Ken.

She also does the best Drake karaoke.

PSU MFA Alumni Reading with Sara Jaffe

Dryland, by Sara Jaffe (Tin House Books)

On December 4, I’ll be reading at the Portland State MFA Alumni reading with special guest Sara Jaffe (author of Dryland), as well as alumni Matthew Robinson (author of The Horse Latitudes), Karolinn Fiscaletti, Michael Magnes, and Lynn Otto at Blackfish Gallery. Sara has a really cute baby.

420 NW 9th Ave. PDX.

Leonor Fini


Lithograph by Leonor Fini, who said this (about marriage):

“Marriage never appealed to me, I’ve never lived with one person. Since I was 18, I’ve always preferred to live in a sort of community – A big house with my atelier and cats and friends, one with a man who was rather a lover and another who was rather a friend. And it has always worked.”

She also said this (about painting):

“I strike it, stalk it, try to make it obey me. Then in its disobedience, it forms things I like.”

Fini was disguised as a boy for the first seven years of her life to avoid kidnapping. Her work heavily depicts femininity as power, as well as the connection between woman and cat.

She learned to draw bodies by hanging out in morgues.

Source: CFM Gallery

Dorthy Allison – On Dialogue

Listen to this lecture by Dorothy Allison, domina of dialogue, delivered to participants of the 2011 Tin House Summer Workshop in Portland. Also, view this sexy photo of Dorothy Allison I’ve appropriated from her website: