For perfect yellow rice, measure out a cup of basmati rice - this serves two for piggy Friday night portions (equals 100g of rice per person), or three for a more sensible weekday meal. Add half a teaspoonful of turmeric. Add water - twice the volume of your rice (so that'd be two cups in this case).
Put in a pot that has a tight lid and bring to the boil. As soon as it boils, turn the heat off, make sure the lid is tightly on, and get on with preparing the rest of your meal. Assuming this takes you about 15-20 minutes, your rice will be ready to serve at the same time as whatever you are pouring over it (for us the "whatever" part of meal consisted of beef mince, aduki beans, onions, green peppers and gravy. Yum !)
Earlier in the day, though, we went spending. We're a third of the way through STOP-tober now, did you realise ? Anyway, today we spent £1.50 on essential school supplies (one of DD's lever arch files broke and needed replacing), £1.91 on over-the-counter medication, and £39.85 on groceries. Luckily, all of the above happened to be on the same bill, giving us the required £40 spend to get our first Christmas Bonus coupon.