Monday, 11 September 2017
Leftovers sometimes are not really exciting to eat. Rice can be one of those things. You can stick it into burritos or make fried rice, but you do need other ingredients to go along with those dishes. An easy use of leftover rice is rice pudding – if you happen to like rice pudding.
- 2 c. leftover rice
- 2 c. milk (or a combination of whole milk, half and half, and so on)
- 3 T – 4 T white sugar
Combine above ingredients in a sauce pan; bring to simmer and cook until thick. Watch and stir – easy for the pudding to boil over or scorch. I brought mine to a boil and then dropped it to the lowest heat. It took about 20 minutes for the pudding to thicken.
Extras for Pudding
You can flavor your pudding as you like. I added the following after the pudding was done:
- 1 tsp. fresh cardamom, freshly ground
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1/2 c. raisins
Others might like to add chopped almonds, chopped apricots, and so on. Sour cherries are also good. Some might like candied fruit and rosewater, or a beaten egg. Cinnamon is also a classic flavoring. Your call! Serve warm or cold.
Leftovers need to be eaten! Americans waste approximately 50% of the food produced. Here, food is relatively cheap, and so we are wasteful.
As a family, the 182s are not immune to wasting food – sometimes it spoils before being used because of poor packaging, sometimes life gets in the way, such as work or being ill. Still, we try to focus on eating up our food before it goes, and generally do a good job. I try to shop only once a week, but have no problem with running to the market if we need something. As we cook mostly from scratch, we might be out of this or that.
Being conscientious about food helps us focus on a major part of our daily life, and that, in turns, reminds us to be conscientious on our larger life goals as well.