I will finally get a steamer basket. I've had my eye on one anyways, but my procrastinating personality wouldn't let me pay $10 for it. When I look at that sentence now, I feel a bit foolish. My cheeks, I'm sure, are reddening and I am entertaining thoughts of deleting this whole paragraph. But that's what this blog is all about, right? If I was able to steam successfully with a metal colander I would tell you (don't laugh!! Okay, laugh). These are my adventures and perhaps you too would like to know if you can do it. Well, I'm going to tell you honestly that when you have to steam most of your meal, like I have for this Millet Bowl recipe, you need a steamer insert or basket.
I actually didn't need to change much of this recipe to suit my allergies. The millet and bean mixture went together easily on the stovetop and had a strong ginger taste. I even took another stab at baby bok choy and mushrooms (I couldn't find shiitake so I used portobello caps), some of my least favourite vegetables. Steaming took forever though, as nothing was steaming evenly in the colander (go ahead, I'm kind of snickering at myself too). I may have steamed the mushrooms and bok choy to death, perhaps you will have better success with that. The next go around with this recipe will see me using some other green (perhaps kale) and using small mushrooms or *ahem, none at all. I will also alter the dressing, as I craved a stronger vinegar taste than what I was getting, Maybe even adding a bit of fresh ginger to the dressing so the flavour was carried throughout the dish. It even has potential to be a stir fry, if you don't mind a little more oil in your diet. I will be making this again for sure. Hope you enjoy it too.