I can't cook rice.
It's so simple, the directions are written on the back of every package, and the average college student who can't work a can opener, can cook rice. But I can't. Either it's crunchy and mealy, or turns to mush... It's not something I enjoy eating, and therefore I haven't really put a lot of work into perfecting the art.
But, my mother-in-law to be had to work late last night, and left dinner plans behind that involved boiled rice. I thought ok... I can do this! But I won't do plain white boiled rice... I can hardly stand it. So, I boiled the rice, and then decided to fry it up with onions and mushrooms and red peppers. Except that the rice was overcooked and mushy and when I started stirring it around in the frying pan, it turned out looking like mashed potatoes. And mashed potatoes in a frying pan made me think of latkes, so we turned them into "rice cakes".