Remembering The Taste Of Love

Cooking is a great way for you to bond with your children. Create plenty of delicious, wholesome meals together with Okome Shortgrain Rice.

Portrait of Tammy Strobel

It’s true what they say, that the kitchen is the heart of the home. After all, there are few other places where you can gather with your loved ones, share a few laughs and work together to create something special. A home-cooked meal is also a symbol of love – remember coming home to a delicious hot meal when you were a child? So what better way to relive those childhood memories and express your love for your kids, than with a yummy dish?

While cooking is a fun way to bond with your little ones, it’s also an opportunity for you to introduce a variety of skills. Showing them how to weigh ingredients and measure out portions, for example, is a great way to teach them about maths, and demonstrating various cooking techniques, like baking, boiling and frying, teaches them about basic science. In addition, cooking together encourages communication and cooperation between you and your children, and gives everyone a chance to get imaginative in the kitchen.

Okome Shortgrain Rice is a versatile and tasty ingredient you’ll love cooking with. Cultivated in the US, it is celebrated for its soft texture, and can be used to prepare delectable dishes from a range of international cuisines, including Japanese, Korean and Taiwanese.

Start spending quality time with your loved ones and create your own taste of love through the use of Okome rice. If your young ones love Japanese bento meals, Okome Shortgrain Rice is the perfect ingredient to use, as it’s easy to mould into different shapes when cooked, and complements the flavours of any dish. Just imagine all the fun you will have preparing cartoon character-themed bento meals, and anything else your children’s imaginations can come up with!

Okome Shortgrain Rice is available at $12.95 and sold at all major supermarkets.

My Reading Room


You’ll need rice, such as Okome Shortgrain Rice, vinegar and kelp (optional). 

1 Rinse rice 3 to 4 times in water. Drain in a colander for 10 minutes.

2 Add water (1 cup of rice with 1.25 cups of water).

3 Soak rice for 30 minutes before cooking it in a rice cooker. For extra flavour, add a piece of kelp (optional).

4 While the rice is cooking, prepare the vinegar mixture by dissolving sugar and salt in vinegar over low heat.

5 Transfer cooked rice (while still hot) to a wide bowl. Pour prepared vinegar mixture over the rice. Mix well. 

6 Cover the bowl of rice with a damp, slotted cloth to keep the rice fresh and moist.

7 Wait till the rice is completely cooled. Then it’s time to make delicious sushi!

My Reading Room