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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