The Things We Don’t Talk About . . . Rice Pudding.

May 10, 2014

Rice PuddingThere are things we don’t talk about, women that is, we don’t talk about morning breath, we don’t talk about stinky feet, we surely don’t sweat, we just quietly conceal and move on with our day. It is commonplace and to quote my grandma “it’s just not ladylike.” So I know you are scratching your head right now thinking, where the heck is this going? She writes about food, yet she’s talking about sweat and morning breath, but please trust me, I’m almost there friends . . . Ok, how does food earn the status of “just not talked about?” You don’t hear too many people coming home from the restaurant saying “Wow, how about that bread pudding?!” or “Hey, did you get to taste that scrumptious custard? Boy oh boy, was that good!” This is where you imagine that blank faced girl standing in front of you taking her hand and giving you a big thumbs down in over exaggerated indifference of your excitement for these commonplace foods. They aren’t embarrassing; they aren’t something to be ashamed of (although I have to say, morning breath, and all those things I mentioned before happen to everyone, so we shouldn’t really be embarrassed of those either.) So why do we brush them under the rug? Why do we fail to appreciate and recognize the foods that have withstood the test of time? I’m standing up to that today.

 

Let me tell you this, I am a big fan of common foods; I love a grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup anytime. Pastry cream (Which is essentially just pudding.) is delicious on a spoon, or in little tarts dressed up and glazed to perfection. Breakfast of choice: Egg and toast. When I was young all I wanted when my mom made spaghetti was pasta with butter and Parmesan, and to this day, although I love a good red sauce, I still go for pasta, butter, parm and herbs.  All I’m saying is in this moment; lets give a shout out to the less recognized but equally as amazing, comfort foods. If we are honest with ourselves, more often than not, these are the foods we will reach for, just like when life comes to call and you don’t know who you want to talk to, but you know talking to your Mom will make it better, foods can have the same comforting effect. I don’t know why I’m stressed and I don’t really want to eat my emotions away, but this piece of salted dark chocolate will really do something for my soul that nothing else can . . . ok I may be over exaggerating a tad, but for real people, what happened to rice and bread pudding? Mac and Grilled Cheese? I’m keeping it simple today. Welcome Coconut Milk Rice Pudding, it is creamy, it is wonderful, it is an eclectic party of yumminess in your mouth. Bonus: it is gluten free, and this recipe is also vegan, however if you choose to use regular milk because you don’t like coconut, that’s cool too, we still like you. Give it a try, I promise you will feel yourself sigh in contentment ♥

 

 

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Coconut Rice Pudding
Comforting, Classic and delicious dessert.
Course Desserts
Cuisine American, Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Pudding
Toppings (Optional)
Course Desserts
Cuisine American, Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Pudding
Toppings (Optional)
Instructions
  1. In a medium size saucepan, over medium high heat, melt your coconut oil and add your rice.
  2. Stirring occasionally, let rice toast until you see some golden color. Add the Coconut Milk, Water, Lemon and Lime Zest and Juice, Salt, and Cinnamon. Bring to a boil.
  3. Once your mixture boils, reduce to low heat cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes, until all liquid is absorbed or the rice is cooked through.
  4. Remove from heat, add Sugar and Honey and stir until dissolved. Slowly pour Almond Milk into rice mixture until you reach the desired consistency. Some prefer their rice pudding thicker than others, so make it however your prefer.
  5. I garnished my pudding with freshly diced mango and pistachios. You could go for any dried fruits, raisins, currants, cherries. Whatever you fancy ♥
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Hotlanta

May 5, 2014

The ATL, Hotlanta, The Big Peach . . . Every city has their own nickname, or niche, and its very easy to see where Atlanta gets all of its hype. I recently returned from a long weekend in the A-Town and felt completely rejuvenated and ready for spring to take a big leap into my life. Although I wasn’t quite ready to go back to work, I managed to catch up on a bunch of reading, make a list of things I wanted to write about, recipe’s to explore, and a whole list of things to achieve in the next few months. Here are a few things from the short list . . .

 1.) Start a garden

 2.) Shop as much from local markets this summer as possible

3.) Get started on my reading list (Thank you Emma for your suggestions)

 4.) Look more into medicinal herbs and naturopath remedies

 5.) Make good gluten free bread, and more importantly a good gluten free pizza crust

 Whew, I’m going to be busy. All I can say is, my weekend was the perfect combination of relaxation and exploration, and I couldn’t be happier to have gotten away from home even though it was only for a short period of time.IMG_1556IMG_1526

 

 You know how you can just meet people in really random places, and they stick with you for the rest of your life? My friend David is one such person; he recently moved to Atlanta. He was a regular customer at Starbucks, and almost every day I waited on him and made his Venti Soy, extra-hot, no whipped cream, hot chocolate. Somewhere between taking his order, the milk steaming, and the creation of his morning hot chocolate, we struck up a wonderful friendship and I couldn’t be more grateful to have had the opportunity to meet him.

Upon arrival Kurtis and I tossed our bags down and tried to find a place to get some pizza . . . Due to the late hour and my need for gluten free crust, our pizza craving became quite the challenge. Nevertheless, the resulting pizza was what made me realize, I need to come to terms with reality, and make my own gluten free pizza crust, not too many places can nail it. It ends up being pizza toppings on top of a cracker crust, not the most appealing. Day two, we spent gallivanting around town, in the Lenox Mall, and lazing about until we met David Smith for Dinner at a local Southern food hot spot called Mary Macs Tea Room. Talk about the craze, we had to be waved into a parking lot by an attendant, and we had a decent 20 minute wait once into the lobby. (Believe me, it was totally worth it.) People were lined up to get their comfort food in that night. A new kind of atmosphere for me, they did have a gluten free menu, and you just wrote down your order on a slip of paper and gave it to the waitress. I got a Georgia Peach Martini, because well, I was in Georgia for goodness sake. Shrimp and Cheesy Grits, Steamed Cabbage, and Collard Greens. Such a delicious combination, and the company: Wonderful!

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We ended our evening by grabbing some Indian Desserts at a local Restaurant called Bombay. It looks to be your normal Indian restaurant and it is just that. You walk in and sizzling plates of curry are being served next to you, all the waiters are Indian and I had a short conversation with one of them about the actor on the screen as he plays in a lot of Bollywood films . . . I love the authenticity of restaurants such as this, they don’t strive to be an Americanized version of Indian cuisine, they just allow the food to speak for themselves. There were probably no more than 15 tables in the small restaurant, but I hope they are always full. We had some Kulfi, which is essentially an Indian ice cream, very delicious, I think the flavor was mango; Rice Pudding, and sweet dumplings also called Galub Jamun. I couldn’t eat the dumplings, but everything else was just wonderful!

 

 

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 The final day in Atlanta, we spent at the Aquarium taking various pictures of underwater creatures, followed by a lovely meeting with David again, but this time, he had to take us to the Dekaulb Farmers Market: The story behind this market was that it began as a small market with international roots, and boy did it take off. It now sits in a former superstore type location, and we had to stalk someone leaving to find a parking spot it was so full! This place was bustling with activity, you walk in and the choices are endless, you can get fresh seafood broken down however you need it and they will do so right in front of you. The produce is something unmatched by any grocery store and very few commercial chains would be able to stand up to this beast of a market. Overall, it was a wonderful treat to end our little trip in such a wonderful place, if you ever visit Atlanta, you must go to the Dekaulb Farmers Market. In the end we left with 1 lb. of Organic Columbian Coffee, a bunch of Thai chilies and habaneras, some mangos, and sprouted grain chips. We set out on a quick adventure and we sure got one, we returned with happy hearts and lists of things to do once we return to reality . . . And here we are <3