What is your comfort food? (Make me feel good - go ask the question, then blog about it... Include the recipe if you can.)
I am not sure that I have a single comfort food... But one that is on my list (even though I have not had it in a long time) is Rice Pudding. I first met Rice Pudding when I moved to Baltimore in 1994. My boy friend at the time liked it a lot... He would get the pre-made stuff out of the dairy case in the grocery store & eat it cold. I decided that I could make it - what is so hard... I winged it & the first time it worked out perfectly (it flopped thereafter, not unlike my pecan pies...) Then I decided to look for a recipe. I found this one:
Rice PuddingAdapted from The Joy of Cooking, 1997
3/4 cup white basmati rice
1 1/2 cups water
1/4 tsp. salt
4 cups whole milk
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
In a large, heavy saucepan, combine the rice, water, and salt. Place over medium-high heat, and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer gently until the water has been absorbed, about 15 minutes. Add the milk and sugar, and stir to mix. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat for 30 to 45 minutes, stirring frequently, until the rice and milk have come together into a creamy, amalgamated porridge. Don't overcook it, or it will get too solid upon cooling. Remove the pot from the heat, and add the vanilla extract. Stir well. Scoop the pudding into a serving bowl or individual cups, and press a sheet of plastic wrap against its surface to prevent a skin from forming. Chill.
It is so yum, but what is so much better on a cold day (not unlike today) is to eat it hot! (o.k. warm, so you don't burn your tongue.)
You can mix in raisins or other dried fruits, add cinnamon &/or nutmeg (pumpkin pie spice) what ever you like.
My question to those of you who are more knowlegeable that me...
Do you think this would work with brown rice?