I combined a few different recipes into this one, and it turned out delicious. Of course, adjust the water and rice to whatever ration you'd like. 1:10 (rice:water) is a good place to start for medium consistency, but less water will make it thicker and more water will make it thinner. Feel free to add whatever other ingredients sound good or just have it without meat or veggies. You can use chicken/beef/vegetable broth instead of water for a stronger flavor. A search on the internet will help with some other ideas about what to put in it or how to cook it over the stove. I used a 3.5 cup (small) rice cooker, and it was a tight squeeze, but it worked. I found some great information about the ratio and other cooking methods at http://www.homemade-chinese-soups.com/cooking-porridge.html.