At the request of countless readers, here's the recipe for my Answer Man Rice Pilaf a la iPhone. As you'll recall, I offered it after trying a little experiment last week to determine whether putting a cellphone in a bag of uncooked rice helps dry it out after a mishap.
If you've never had cellphone rice, you're in for a real treat. Most people find it very app-etizing. FYI, I can can only vouch for this recipe if you're using an iPhone 6S.
Answer Man Rice Pilaf a la iPhone
1 lake or toilet
2 cups of uncooked brown rice
1 cup wild rice
3 tbsp unsalted butter
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups chicken broth
Fresh coriander, minced
Sea salt and fresh-ground paper to taste
A pinch of saffron
First, drop your phone in the lake or toilet and pretend it was an accident. Dunk it no longer than five seconds -- longer will ruin the flavor, especially if the water isn't clean.
Dry phone thoroughly and turn it off. If you can't tell whether it's on or off, you have a big problem. Fill a plastic ziplock bag with the uncooked brown rice, add phone, seal and put it aside for 48 hours.
Yes, 48 hours. If you experience withdrawal symptoms, ask a friend if you can borrow hers for a while.
After 48 hours, unzip the bag and check the phone. If you still see bubbles in the camera lens, it needs more time in the rice. Two weeks ought to do it. After that, if it won't turn on or the camera remains fogged, just enjoy the rice.
Saute the onions, carrots, garlic, coriander and wild rice in the melted butter. Add the brown rice and saute until the grains are coated and begin to appear translucent.
Add the chicken broth, bring to a boil, then turn down the heat and let it simmer until the broth is mostly absorbed, 10-15 minutes. Add the saffron. (I'd use a whole jar of saffron if it wasn't so expensive, but I can only afford a pinch.
Remove from the heat, cover the pot with a clean towel and a lid -- the towel absorbs the steam and keeps the rice fluffy -- and let it stand for about five minutes. In the meantime, get out a hair dryer, use the cool setting and try to dry out your phone.
Then borrow your friend's phone again, call friends over and enjoy to the last byte.
Dear Answer Man, has Mayo Clinic taken a position on climate change and the Paris agreement? You would think that as a major public health issue, the clinic would be out front on this.
You would think, but it's not in Mother Mayo's nature to be out front on hot topics, even when it involves the heating up of Mother Earth.
To be fair, I can't find many health care giants that have taken a position, though Mayo's privileged position in the medical world, with CEO Dr. John Noseworthy having met a few times with President Trump, gives it an elevated responsibility. But no, according to a clinic spokesman, the clinic has taken no position on climate change or the U.S. dropping out of the Paris climate change agreement.
Regarding the public health angle on climate change, here's what Dr. Ed Ehlinger, the Minnesota health commissioner, said about that last week: "Climate change is one of the most significant public health challenges our world faces today. Like every other public health issue, addressing climate change requires collaborative and cooperative efforts from all parts of our society and our world. Pulling out of the climate accord is the opposite of what we need to be doing to protect and improve the health of everyone on our planet."