Timings for a three course meal Watch

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Hello! My mother has put me in charge of dinner tonight in an attempt to domesticate me before uni. I really can't cook but I've bought the food, and thought up an incredibly easy three course meal (plus coffee and chocolates!) but I'm not sure about the timings for when I should prepare each course.

My main question is, is it okay to cook rice about half an hour before eating it? Could I reheat it in the microwave while we eat the starter (soup!)? If I wasn't having a starter I would obviously serve the main as soon as it was ready, but I can't really be cooking the main while we're eating the starter, can I?

I'm intending to use the microwave a lot tonight, but I'm not sure how effective it would be for reheating a main course to make it hot enough to eat.

Thank you!
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Cook the rice whilst you are eating the starter. That gives you 15 minutes to eat the starter and rice doesn't need watching.
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I thought it was bad to reheat rice?
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^^ Well, that's really what I was asking...

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Cook the rice whilst you are eating the starter. That gives you 15 minutes to eat the starter and rice doesn't need watching.
Ok thanks, I didn't realise rice doesn't need watching, that should work better.
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just take your date out to mcdonalds like i do
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^ Maccy D's, 'innit?
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I didn't realise rice doesn't need watching, that should work better.
WEll you just bring to the boil and leave to simmer. And presumably your kitchen is close enough to where you are eating that if it boils over you'll hear and be able to run in and turn it down. (But leave it simmering on quite a low heat).
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(Original post by Bassoonery)
Hello! My mother has put me in charge of dinner tonight in an attempt to domesticate me before uni. I really can't cook but I've bought the food, and thought up an incredibly easy three course meal (plus coffee and chocolates!) but I'm not sure about the timings for when I should prepare each course.

My main question is, is it okay to cook rice about half an hour before eating it? Could I reheat it in the microwave while we eat the starter (soup!)? If I wasn't having a starter I would obviously serve the main as soon as it was ready, but I can't really be cooking the main while we're eating the starter, can I?

I'm intending to use the microwave a lot tonight, but I'm not sure how effective it would be for reheating a main course to make it hot enough to eat.

Thank you!
ooh what's your menu for tonight then? Also yeah you don't need to watch rice, just leave the pan lid open a wee bit to stop it boiling over.
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ooh what's your menu for tonight then? Also yeah you don't need to watch rice, just leave the pan lid open a wee bit to stop it boiling over.
Well the menu is a little embarrassing really, and involves almost no actual cooking:

Fresh soup from Sainsbury's- choice of carrot and coriander or tomato and basil, microwave
Fresh crispy bread rolls from Sainsbury's (heat up in the oven?)

"Easy-cook" rice
Canned sweet and sour chicken (sounds horrid, but I'm curious as to how it will compare to the real thing, it's my favourite meal)
Salad from Sainsbury's

Apple Strudel, 45 mins from frozen
Ice cream (the lovely cornish stuff we already have in stock )

Instant Cappuccino-in-a-cup (again, a bit of a curious experiment!)
Lindt chocolates
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Yes, reheating rice is definitely a dodgy business!

Might as well do the rice during the starter Set a timer in the kitchen if you have one, to make sure you don't forget about it!
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easy:

Put the rice on and start heating the sweet and sour thingy in a pan, bring both to the boil and then turn down temp to simmer.

Put Soup in microwave, serve

When you've eaten the soup the main shud be dun? Then wen u're having main put the strudel in the oven!

DONE!
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