Monday, April 30, 2018

I Learned How to Make Sushi and You Wont Believe the Hardest Part!

My wife and I learn how to make sushi rolls at home from a professional sushi chef. We are most interested in our favorite sushi rolls like the California Roll and Spicy Tuna Roll. Aside from how to roll sushi we learn how to cook rice for sushi, what tools and ingredients we need and all kinds of great tips.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

How To Make Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls Recipe) | OCHIKERON |

Rice ball is called "Onigiri" in Japanese. Mostly it's shape is a triangle and you can either mix ingredients into rice or fill your favorite ingredient in the rice ball, or both!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Tractors Are Ready to Plant Rice But Where's The Water?!

Our tractors are ready to plant rice but without much rain, we have to ask: where's the water? Here are 3 key Ingredients for planting rice in California: tractors, dirt, and water.

1. Tractors: I'm going to explain how we service our tractors and planting implements so that once we enter the fields we can run most efficiently. Included in our tractor fleet is a Case Magnum 340, 2x Case Magnum 260, Case 240, Case 7240 and a John Deere 9660. We've changed all the engine oil and replaced all the filters. We also serviced our pull-chisels, discs, and land-planes--all planting implements to be pulled behind our tractors.

2. Dirt: In a previous episode of Rice Farming I explained how we drain the winter water off our rice fields that were decomposing last year's remaining straw. Once the March rains let up we will allow the fields to continue to dry until we can enter with our tractors and planting implements.

3. Water: With far less than average rainfall in California things we not looking good going into March. Lake Oroville Dam sits at a 59% capacity of average. The snowpack in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, above the lake, was at a dismal 7% of average. Luckily all this rain and snow we are getting in March has boosted that snowpack up to 39%. What does that mean for us and our 2018 rice crop? I explain in the second half of this episode.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Masala Rice Recipe

A flavored and spicy rice recipe prepared with dry spices and vegetables. it is a one-pot meal and hence an ideal lunch box recipe and easily appreciated by kids and all age groups. the rice is infused with spices and masala with choice of veggies and hence served by itself without any side dish but tastes great with raita recipes.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

From California Drought To Flooded Fields!

Northern California rains raised flood concerns and definitely delayed our rice planting season! We went from California drought to flooded rice fields. At one time, with no rain, we were worried about having enough water to farm. Now in April, we keep getting rain in the north state...

These storms were welcomed here in drought-stricken California. However high flows in rivers and our region's irrigation system allowed water to back-up into our nearly dried out rice fields. Our tractors are ready but now the fields need to dry back out.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

How To Make Champorado

Champorado is a Filipino Chocolate Rice Porridge that's great either hot or cold. Get the full recipe on

Monday, April 9, 2018

Lazy Rice!

California rice harvest is just ahead but this 2017 crop is extremely lazy! Lazy? It's almost all laying down due to, what I think, was high temperatures in the 100+ºF range. The rice plants grew too tall and fell over. This can also be attributed to over fertilizing but we used less fertilizer on this field than last year. And last year we cut the rice standing up!

Friday, April 6, 2018

Tuesday, April 3, 2018