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27 February 2010 @ 08:37 pm
Rice Pudding  
Today's offering: Arroz Con Leche. Ask me if I love it.

I'll go ahead and answer. Yes, my lovely readers. Yes, I do.

It's strange, given my absolute loathing of tapioca pudding, but this stuff is amazing and easy. make it today. You'll thank me. My kids did.

All your rice pudding dreams are about to come true.

First, I'd like to introduce you to Winston, my new favorite toy. He's a Le Creuset dutch oven, and I love him.
Everyone say hi. :)

Now, onto the other stuff. You need all this. Because I am a cooking nerd, I had all this stuff in the pantry or fridge.

1 cup long-grain white rice
2 cinnamon sticks
2 strips of lemon or orange zest (can use a peeler to get a larger piece)
3 whole cloves or a tiny pinch of ground cloves
4 cups water
1 egg
3 cups whole milk
1 (12-ounce) can dulce de leche
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/2 cup raisins (optional, because wrinkly things in other stuff is gross and I'll have none of it)

Soak the rice, cinnamon sticks, lemon or orange zest and whole or powdered cloves in the water in a heavy saucepan for 1 hour.
Like Inigo Montoya, I hate waiting. This was the hardest part.

After soaking, bring the rice mixture to a boil on high heat, uncovered. When it starts to boil (about 5 minutes), lower the heat to medium and cook for 10 to 12 more minutes or until water is almost evaporated.It should look like this:

While rice is cooking, beat the egg in a bowl.

Add the milk and stir well to mix. You can also try to stir the Dulce de Leche in. I did, but I think it might be easier to add it separately.

In the background there, you see Liam, Aidan's successor. He's a little cranky, but it's probably operator error. All in all, I like him. On the other side of him is my notebook for the dgficexchange with notes and some scenes already written out.

It's a secret, of course, the whole who wrote what thing, so I've blurred it. But suffice it to say, I'm having problems. The tense is screwed and the characters won't shut the heck up, but I have a plot. A good one, I think.

Off the topic, but I've been reading Bones Fanfic, and find myself highly annoyed by noticeably non-American writers using terms like 'dead chuffed' and 'bloody' in dialogue between Brennan and Booth. Apologies to all you Brits for my writing and Americanisms over the last several years. maybe I could get some of you British girls on the f-list to be a beta reader for me, if you're so inclined?

Anyhow, back to the recipe.
Add the egg mixture, salt, vanilla extract and condensed milk to the rice and cook over medium-low heat, stirring carefully, until it thickens slightly or until desired consistency about 25 to 35 minutes, or until it looks like this.
Remove citrus zest and cinnamon sticks. Let cool uncovered, then chill the rest of the way in the fridge.

I like it hot.

Ethan said that it tasted like Christmas. Poor AJ didn't make it to the pudding. He fell asleep before it was done.
That's my Aaron. When it's time to sleep, make room.

Also, I just got an email from Nolan. He's in Haiti and safe and sound. Thanks for all your prayers!
I feel:: calmcalm
Katemugglechump on February 28th, 2010 03:00 am (UTC)
That looks seriously delicious. I might have to try it.

Glad Nolan's okay!
seegrim: stir until the onions...seegrim on February 28th, 2010 03:57 am (UTC)
First off, Winston?

*dies laughing*

I love that you named your dutch oven. LOVE.

Secondly, Liam? Not feeling it, but perhaps it'll grow on me?

Third, and this should have been first, HOORAY for Nolan making it safely to Haiti. He's in my thoughts.

Also, Liam and Malcolm could be twins, nearly. I need to take a picture for you.

That recipe does indeed look completely yummy.
seegrim: dg mod 2010seegrim on February 28th, 2010 03:58 am (UTC)
OH, and yeah!

Hooray for working on your exchange fic!

I cannot wait to read it!
seegrimseegrim on February 28th, 2010 03:59 am (UTC)
p.p.s. I leave for work in ten minutes. Call if you feel like chatting and aren't asleep yet. :D
filia_umbrae on February 28th, 2010 06:44 am (UTC)
Where are you going for your Bones fic fix (other than bitesize_bones), cause I am a little afeared of the Pit and finding decent fic.

Also that recipe looks pretty amazing. I'm going to share the heck out of that thing (and maybe even give it a try myself).
Carrie Leigh: Booth/Brennan hand under chincarrie_leigh on February 28th, 2010 06:48 am (UTC)
I've read all of missmargaret's, obrian blue's and all of the other BNF's over at the bones comms. Now I just have to hope they post new stuff.

I've been trying to find good stuff over at FF.net, but you just never know what you're going to get over there.
filia_umbrae on March 1st, 2010 03:10 am (UTC)
Awesome. I'm familiar with The Jeffersonian Com; are there any other good fiction ones out there?
Carrie Leighcarrie_leigh on March 1st, 2010 04:24 am (UTC)
Not that I know of. And I didn't know about the Jeffersonian. :D Thanks!
Carmenhumbuggirl on February 28th, 2010 11:41 am (UTC)
I am jealous of your notebook. Why doesn't mine look like that? *prods blank page*

Also that pudding sounds yummy. I think I'd like it hot as well - just the thing for a cold day.
Elle Blessingway: Elle Black Redelle_blessing on February 28th, 2010 05:33 pm (UTC)
Woo! I'm glad Nolan is safe. I'll be praying for their time there to blessed and effective, and that he comes home safely :*

I think with a few substitutions, I might be able to make the pudding for Matt and I - is the dulce de leche absolutely necessary? It's chocolately, right? The only remotely chocolate thing Matt and I can have is pure, dark chocolate and chocolate soy milk. Maybe if I melted some dark chocolate in chocolate soy milk ...

Your D/G notes are pretteh. Very swirly. And much further along that I am XD
Carrie Leigh: Booth/Brennan hand under chincarrie_leigh on February 28th, 2010 06:24 pm (UTC)
Mmm,no, dulce de leche is actually what I substituted for Sweetened condensed milk. And nah, it's not necessary.

But it is very, very good. You'd have to put some sort of sweetener in the pudding, then, because it doesn't have any sugar or anything.

D/G are giving me fits. The little punks.
Elle Blessingway: Gwenog Joneselle_blessing on February 28th, 2010 06:32 pm (UTC)
Mmm. If that's the case, I find that honey works great. Honey works great in most things though because it is awesome. Have you ever tried in your coffee? Weird, I know, but DELISH.

That's what D/G do best. Why we love to read them and why we want to spork them when it's our turn to write them. *coughs*
Aylaabitofayla on March 1st, 2010 03:24 pm (UTC)
Are you still doing your February fic contest here on your own journal?

Glad to hear Nolan is safe. Hope the Lord blesses them!