Wednesday, January 31, 2007

My mom’s rice pudding

My mom’s rice pudding

Valentina is hosting an event for blogs in Portuguese called “My Favorite Dish”. We are supposed to cook and post our favorite food as kids - savory or sweet.
This is the recipe I chose to participate.

My mom used to make this sort of rice pudding – it was more liquid and I would eat it hot, sprinkled with tons of cinnamon, to keep warm in cold days.

The thing is I loved this rice pudding so much that I would ask my mom to make it even in hot, sunny days. :D

I hadn’t had this dish in ages and I was so glad to eat it again.

Thank you, my dear friend, for presenting the opportunity for such a special moment.

My mom’s rice pudding

60g rice, washed and dry – I use long grain
350ml water
150ml boiling milk – I used low fat
3 tablespoons sugar
pinch of salt
1 cinnamon bark
ground cinnamon to taste

Boil the water with the cinnamon bark and add the rice. Cook over high heat until it’s al dente – 8 minutes or so.
Add the milk and sugar and cook over low heat until the rice is tender – 10-12 minutes.
Remove from heat and serve at once, hot, sprinkled with ground cinnamon.

Serves 2 – or 1 very nostalgic heart.


MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Patricia, I love the nostalgic heart! I'm sure the pudding is lovely.

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Any excuse to revisit family recipes is a good one! I've never been a fan of rice pudding, but your post makes me nostalgic for other dishes I grew up with.

Stella said...

Hi Patricia!
I love the serving for 'the nostalgic heart' :)
Nothing beats the dishes our Mum used to make for us. Your rice pudding looks ever so comforting & I can imagine how you'd enjoy it on a cold day, curled up warmly in your chair!:)

wheresmymind said...

Can I tell you that I've never had rice pudding before? *gasp!*

Anonymous said...

This sounds delicious, patricia, especially with the cold weather here in Chicago.

I love Valentina's idea about favorite childhood dishes. Sometime I'll have to write about the little cinnamon rolls my mother would bake with leftover pie crust. Whenever she baked, neighborhood kids would hang around in our yard, waiting for these little extras to appear.

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Patricia, It's so nice that you have a recipe like this that reminds you of your mom's love whenever you eat it. It's one of the best things about family recipes!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Oh, Patricia, I just love this post.
My cooking is also inextricably linked to my family. So I know what you mean.

Kirsten said...

Hi Patricia!

No matter where in the world we are from, we have nostalgic dishes like this. My mom made this for us growing up too - slightly different (thicker and with berries on top).

What a wonderful post!


Anonymous said...

Isn't it beautiful how some dishes hold so many memories for us? I'm glad that you have this delicious treat to remember your mother with :)

Patricia Scarpin said...

Tanna, thank you! You're very kind.

Lydia, I find it wonderful how food can take us back to nice moments in the past.

Valentina, thank you! It's wonderful to keep warm, you're right, very comforting, too!

Jeff, you should definitely try some!

Terry, I'm glad you liked Valentina's idea - it was quite commotion among some blogs!
Those cinnamon rolls sound delicious - some dishes stay in our heart forever, don't they?

Hi, T.W.
I agree with you 100% - I had a wonderful time making this dish! So many good memories came back to me. Just wonderful.

Susan, thank you, this is lovely. Our family is our basis for so many things, right?

Kirsten, thank you for the lovely words.
I think I should add some berries next time I make this pudding, what a lovely idea you gave me!

Dear Ellie, you're so right - I felt like a child again. A fantastic moment, I have to say.

Thank you all for the lovely comments and for the kind words!

Gattina Cheung said...

Pat, I can totally feel that tender-love from your rice pudding. And darling, did I see a mountain of cinnamon?!
Chinese don't have a habbit of cooking sweet rice, so I hadn't ever tasted rice pudding until I married to my husband (as her mom is Italian Amercian). After my first bite... mmm... oh so creamy so sweet, I'm on hook!

Anonymous said...

I love this Patricia. My Mom used to make rice pudding too and reading about your mom, you and the recipe made me feel all nostalgic! There is nothing like Mom's cooking, or reliving foodie memories. :)

Ari (Baking and Books)

Unknown said...

Now that is comfort food!

One of these days I'll have to find my father's recipe for tapioca pudding and make that. It really fills your stomach.

Patricia Scarpin said...

Dear Gattina,
I've always loved cinnamon - my rice pudding had to be loaded with it. :)
I think it's so wonderful how different cultures are and that we have a chance to taste so many different dishes with the same ingredient - fascinating!

Ari, the flavor of our mom's food will stay with us forever - and even be an influence in our own cooking.

Mimi, tapioca pudding sounds delicious!

Anonymous said...

You've got me nostalgic too...that looks like my mom's arroz con leche :) I haven't had it since I got married and moved out...siiigh! There is something about rice pudding, especially these mom-made types, that make you feel so warm and cozy inside :)

Patricia Scarpin said...

Joey, "arroz con leche" sounds cute!

Melting Wok said...

Oh Patricia, this is another yummy pudding, quite similar to the indian kheer, except without the pistachio and cashew nuts, and you had used low fat milk instead of sweet condensed milk, yummysss ! :)

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