Tummy. Hurt. Bad.
That has been me for the last two days. I’ve been trying to stick to the “BRAT” diet. (that stands for bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast.) It seems to be helping a lot, so maybe I can try a timid venture back into some other food groups. Rice pudding anyone?
This recipe is like a big, warm, soft, hug from the mom you wish you had. It’s comfort food at it’s best. You can eat it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, or midnight snack. It gives you something to do with all that dried up, cold, leftover steamed rice from the Chinese takeout you regret eating the other night. (maybe that’s why my stomach hurts, hmmm…) and it can be adapted a hundred different ways. Here is the most basic version, for my sistas with bad tummies.
The cast of characters:
Cover it with milk, preferably whole, and throw in at least a half stick of butter, a swig of vanilla extract, and a good glug of honey (or about a quarter cup of sugar)…
Cover it and whack on the fire ‘till it comes to a simmer. Helpful hint: don’t make this if you have recently invested any time whatsoever into scrubbing and polishing your stove top as it is scientifically impossible to predict the amount of time necessary to bring a pot of milk to a boil and in my 37 years of life I have never achieved this without boiling it over, knocking out my burner’s pilot light, and making a gummy, cooked-on mess of my cooktop. Clean it up when you are blissfully free of crippling stomach cramps.
After you have it simmering you can take off the lid and just let it bubble away, filling your kitchen with the sweet aroma of butter, honey, and vanilla…. Aaah….. give it a stir or two so it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot and burn.
When it starts to look like this,
· If you like raisins put them in while it’s simmering so they get all soft and squishy. You could also use cranberries, flaked almonds, chopped dried figs, chopped apple, any kind of fruit really makes it nice.
· If you are living the dairy-free lifestyle try coconut milk/coconut cream. You could also add some candied ginger and pineapple to highlight the tropical flavor.
· Brown rice would probably work too and make it a little healthier.
· Melt some chocolate chips in there & a tablespoon or so of cocoa for a decadent dessert. Put in some dried cherries or raspberries to make it extra yummy.