Well, not much of a secret ingredient now that I've told YOU!
Living in a small motorhome means tradeoffs in the kitchen, so in other words my "big pot" is also my wok.
A wok is what you throw at a wabbit...
I don't go around throwing woks at wabbits (heaven forbid!) but I think Elmer Fudd did this in Bugs Bunny cartoons.
An important phone call came in while I was cooking. I seem to have quite a few phone phobic friends. Those types that don't do anything having to do with technology and that includes phones. Seems to be rampant with certain musicians and artists, both of which include some lifelong friends that live in far flung ports. I didn't want to put them off, when a phone phobic friend finally calls me, I want to chat in case they drop off the planet for a few more weeks or months before working up their nerve to make a phone call.
SILLY ME! I thought I could put the phone on speaker and finish assembling my lentil rice pilaf in the wok pot, let it start cooking and sit down in my rocking chair to continue the conversation.
Well, my friend said something funny and we were laughing. I guess I missed a beat while measuring and counting out cups of rice and lentils. I tossed in the water and beef stock, which I measured too. Covered the pot up then sat down to finish the phone call.
Later when I checked my cooking pot, I noticed it was sorely lacking in liquids! I quickly threw in more water... and later even more water and this pot of lentils and rice just kept growing and growing and growing like a volcano. I kept adding more water. It was comedy in the kitchen! I was wondering if was stuck in a crazy slapstick dream.
To my horror, I was awake. Life is goof.
So if you're wondering who brought 4 gallons of lentil rice pilaf to the potluck... that was me. Luckily folks devoured a goodly portion of my massive dish and the leftovers were carted home by some of the campers that really enjoyed it and desired more for future reference. Phew! My fridge is tiny and only so much I can cram in there.
YES! I still have lentil rice leftovers for myself too.