There is nothing I like better than porridge and berries on a cold Winter morning. But, for the last three months, I have been on this ridiculous, albeit quite useful, diet courtesy of my integrative GP. This diet includes only eating dairy free, grain free, sugar free foods which pretty much rules out any chance of just grabbing food from the pantry.
Enter my new thermomix. I previously owned a TM31 but sold it to fund the merging of our two households a few years ago. Just recently, I purchased a TM5 model and oh my Goddess, the heavens moved for me the day it arrived and I have not stopped cooking the family dinners in it ever since. This thermomix has helped me to cook foods that I love from scratch, without having to use any of the foods I’m not allowed to eat. I guess you could say I am firmly back on the thermie bandwagon.
And now back to porridge. Given that I can’t experience the deliciousness of hot, creamy, cosy, Wintery porridge anymore, I came across a divine creamy rice pudding recipe recently and tweaked it to suit my dietary needs.
I have always loved old fashioned puddings – sago, tapioca, rice, bread and butter, custard and bananas – given that I am British, my Dad used to make them for us after dinner quite frequently. So, rice pudding seemed like an obvious choice to replace my morning porridge. Now, I am officially a hot rice pudding addict, and I love it with a big, big cup of earl grey tea (minus the milk of course). This recipe is dairy free, grain free and sugar free – made to measure for the weirdo chick who is trying to rebalance her crazy hormones, digestive system and lose some kilos in the process.
You could easily cook this on the cooktop if you don’t have a thermomix. Just cook it in a saucepan until the rice is cooked.
Creamy Rice Pudding
5o grams Coconut Sugar
1 tpsn Vanilla Bean Essence
250 grams Arborio Rice
400 gram Coconut Cream
600 gram Water
- Grind coconut sugar for 1 minute on speed 9.
- Scrape down the sides.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and cook for 20 minutes, 90 degrees, reverse speed 1.
- Leave for 5 minutes to thicken before serving.
- Add Caramelised fruit, dried fruit/nut mix, mango, peaches, mixed berries, banana, apple pieces, cinnamon to the rice pudding when it is ready to serve…yummy.
This freezes really well and lasts for a few days in the fridge.
What is your ultimate Winter comfort food?