Monday, February 7, 2011

Rice Pudding, My Ultimate Comfort Food

Ugh, I've been sick the past 5 days. I really hate being sick. This time it was a head cold. Some people don't let colds faze them too much, but I, however, am knocked off my feet. All I can do is lay on the couch and gaze foggily at the TV, sipping 7Up through a straw, tissues all strewn about. I love any and all food, but my appetite completely leaves me when I have a cold. All I want to eat is toast and pudding. I can't even sleep. Being sick is a great time to catch up on "Who's the Boss?" reruns (3-5am on Hallmark channel).

I haven't done any cooking lately. Thanks to frozen pizzas and husbands for getting take-out! Last night I finally felt well enough to make one of my favorite comfort foods - rice pudding. I always make rice pudding when I'm not feeling well. It's so warm and creamy. Comfort in a bowl. I love, love, love my grandma's recipe for rice pudding. It's so good I have absolutley no desire to try any other recipe. However, I have tweaked her recipe over the years. I replaced some of the milk with evaporated milk to make it even more rich and creamy. Raisins and a sprinkling of cinnamon on top can be added if desired. You do need a double boiler and it takes over an hour to cook, but it's so easy, even someone with a raging head cold can make it.

Rich and Dreamy Rice Pudding
(This is not a low-FODMAP recipe)

1 - 5 oz. can evaporated milk
3 1/3 cups milk (I use skim)
3/4 cup medium-grain white rice (you can use long-grain, but medium-grain makes it creamier)
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup raisins (optional)
cinnamon (optional)
1. Add water to the lower portion of a double boiler and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and keep the water at a simmer.
2. Add milks, rice and salt to the upper portion of the double boiler. Cover and cook for 60 to 70 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes until most of the liquid is absorbed.
3. Add the sugar and cook for another 10 minutes.
4. Stir in raisins, if desired, and serve with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top.
In other news, I recently picked up this cute grapefruit container at the grocery store. I eat half a grapefruit every day and usually put the uneaten half in a baggie to keep for the next day. It felt really wasteful using baggies all the time, so this container was a great find at only $3.

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