I was feeling rather unwell last night and this morning. Not sure why, I have a pretty tough immune system so whatever it was, seems to have been kicked to the kerb now. I definitely felt the need for some comfort food this afternoon, so I broke some rules and bought white rice (horror!) to make the rice pudding. It has to be one of the easiest to prepare, cheapest and most rewarding desserts on the planet.
In a saucepan I put half a cup of pudding rice (or grötris in Swedish, which google translate tells me means 'boil'. Hmmm...sometimes Swedish makes little sense to me) a tin of coconut milk, a teaspoon of rapadura sugar and the seeds from half a vanilla pod. I brought it to the boil, then simmered for about 20 minutes, giving it the occasional stir. Once it had thickened up I added a hefty pinch of cinnamon and put a lid on the saucepan to prevent a skin forming. I'm not a fan of skins on things, like warm milk...yuck. If you like a skin that you can savour, don't cover the pudding once cooked. Job done.
I'm not a fan of sugar, if I had some coconut sugar I would have used that, but I don't, so rapadura was the best I could manage. If you don't know much about sugar, well...it's a bit of a minefield. Basically, the more processed the sugar, the worse it is for you. Rapadura sugar is the least processed sugar, still containing many of the minerals that are removed from white sugar and so it is my solution when I have to use sugar. White sugar is considered to be the cocaine of the food world. Utterly addictive, completely lacking in nutritional value and damaging to health in every way. Best avoided, or at least reduced so it doesn't appear in your bowl, plate or cup on a daily basis.
I have half a bergamot orange left, so might do something different with that tomorrow. What would you do with a bergamot fruit? Ever bought on a whim and made something incredible?