The baked veggie and brown rice pilaf that made me want to punch a hole in the wall


The day I made this rice dish, I commented to a few people that I had managed to become completely winded from bending over and picking up a pad of post-it notes that had fallen on the floor.

Well, if being too…err, round…to do that is a problem, then imagine what kind of problems cleaning this up poses:

You’ll notice there is pretty much nothing in this pot and that’s because as I was putting it in the oven, I managed to lose grip of it somehow and all  but about 4 grains of rice flew out, all over the oven and kitchen.  The lid managed to fly clear across the room.  To make matters worse and the mess more difficult to clean, the original batch was actually a doubled version of the one I have posted below, because when I tried my hand at this again the next day (you didn’t think I would actually try cleaning it up and remaking it the same night, did  you?), I didn’t have enough rice to make a full batch.

Since the oven had been preheated, the rice and veggies basically started to cook on the door and the bottom of the oven, so there was really no way to clean that immediately without burning myself.  And this is one of those times when I remember why I’m not really a fan of hardwood floors in the kitchen.  I had to start cleaning those up right away. It took forever, it exhausted me, and well, quite frankly, it pissed me off. I called Tom and asked that he pick up some food on his way home, so pub burgers & fries it was for dinner that night.

And there are *still* remnants of this mess in my oven, trapped in crevices at the edge of the door and completely under those crevices in unreachable spots. I don’t think we will have a brown-rice free oven for as long as we live in this current condo.

Thankfully, when I made this the next day everything went smoothly (except for the whole finding out I didn’t have enough rice thing). This is a nice dish to make because after you get it into the oven (the hardest part for me, apparently), you can forget about it. It cooks evenly, unlike some stove-top brown rices, and if you’re already using your oven to roast or bake a protein, it’s nice to just have both components of your meal in there for pretty much the same amount of time.  We had this alongside some roasted chicken thighs, which cooked for roughly the same time since I was baking at a lower temp than normal for roast chicken.

Also, it’s quite tasty. It gets a little bit creamy and the flavor from the chicken broth and bay permeates everything.  I’ll definitely be making this again and again, but just making sure I have a death grip on the pot before it goes into the oven.



The baked veggie and brown rice pilaf that made me want to punch a hole in the wall

22 thoughts on “The baked veggie and brown rice pilaf that made me want to punch a hole in the wall

  1. Aren’t kitchen disasters fun?…NOT! Sorry to hear about your accident! Just think…you got to eat burgers and fries! Love a good pilaf..especially with brown rice and vegies!

  2. Oh nooo! That would have sent me into full on sob mode. I get so irritated when I make a huge mess like that…and it happens all.the.time! But it looks like it turned out wonderful the second time around! I’m on a brown rice kick lately and this looks delicious!

  3. My apologies. I giggled out loud when I saw that first picture. Rice is the worst thing in the world to clean up. I am going to give you a heads up. DO NOT LET BABIES AND TODDLERS FEED RICE TO THEMSELVES. The mess is always catastrophic. It’s always best to wait until morning to clean it up so that the rice has a chance to dry out. Or get a dog merely for the value of them eating rice off the floor.

    My husband is a caterer and he makes rice using this same oven method. He can do a big hotel pan full of it and it always cooks beautifully. I have never thought of doing it in a small batch like you did. Good idea.

  4. Wow too funny. I could just see this all happening in slow motion. You are a sitcom character for sure (and i mean that in a good way)! love it and love the brown rice pilaf!

  5. Oh my gosh! I am so sorry! My jaw dropped when I saw that photo! I once dropped an unbaked apple pie face DOWN in my oven as I was putting it in – same thing, it started to cook on the hot oven door/floor. It’s the worst feeling! I’m glad you got up the courage to try the recipe the next day. It looks great!

  6. I’m with #5 – you need a dog!

    I couldn’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve had large furry “help” cleaning up spills and splatters!

  7. I’d probably still be crying if I did something like that while I was pregnant. I give you extra triple bonus points for being able to be clear headed enough to make it the next day.

  8. I, too, had a mishap which I was thinking of posting today. My magic bullet exploded kale all over my wall, counter and coffee maker. It was a mess but at least it wasn’t hot and it didn’t continue cooking. It also brings to mind an occasion when my sister was 9 months pregnant and took a family-size baking dish of stuffed shells out of the oven for our Easter dinner and it went loose on the floor. The glass didn’t break and she was so upset, we just scooped it up and ate it! That was a disaster but averted.

  9. I am so sorry you had to go through this. I HATE making messes in the kitchen, but somehow it always happens! The rice looks so good though.

  10. Elly, I look at the first photograph and totally feel your frustration. I hate when stuff like that happens. I similar incidents three days in a row late last year – with flour, dishwashing liquid and rice – not together, separately.

    Nevertheless, the dish looks mighty delicious.

  11. I hate that this happened to you, but it that picture cracks me up! This looks wonderful though, definitely something we would enjoy. I can’t wait to try it!

  12. I am so sorry but I had to laugh reading this entire post….I have totally been there, with stuff splattered all over the kitchen and dinner being essentially ruined…if you can look back at it later it really can be comical……The dish looks delicious though! Glad you didn’t let one night’s mishap keep you from making it again!

  13. I just found your blog and this post made me laugh out loud. I’m sorry it was such a disaster. I had one of those recently where I had to leave the kitchen my boyfriend had to throw everything out.

    Can’at wait to keep reading the posts. I spent a week in Greece last year and LOVED it. I became addicted to loukoumades. I think I would go back just for that… hmm that would be an expensive dessert!

    1. Mmm, I love loukoumades too! I have a recipe in my blog that tasted great but was a bit thin I think. I want to try a recipe my uncle recently made that uses yogurt.

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