Between the mounting crazy to-do list I have created, fighting the airlines on booking a flight to Miami, my first tweetup/networking session it had been a long day. I managed an entire hour at the tweetup, talking the whole time and meeting new people, which was a super accomplishment for yours awkward truly. But then when I got home it was time to plan out this Miami thing. Prices had gone up in the time since the original check, the times I wanted were sold out, and just when I thought I had one, it disappeared into the American Airlines black hole of doom.
I did manage to find one finally, hit the buy button, shut down my computer, and went straight to the kitchen to make brown rice pudding. With lots of leftover brown rice from earlier in the week, a pint of cream in the fridge, and the necessity to quiet my mind, rice pudding popped up. This seems to be a touchy texture thing with most people, but I love the milky saucy thing going on.
While stirring, it finally occurred to me that I had booked a long weekend trip to sunny and warm Miami where my duties were going to be partying down at Calle Ocho- one of the largest Hispanic festivals in the world, with VIP tickets to everything, that maybe it was worth the trouble I went through to get the ticket. Then the Will Smith utterly ridiculous/awesome song Welcome to Miami popped into my head, and I haven't stopped singing it since.
Brown Rice Pudding
2 cups cooked brown rice
1 cup half and half
1 cups milk
1 cinnamon stick
3/4 tsp vanilla extract or paste
pinch of cardamom
1. Bring milk and half and half, with cinammon stick, vanilla and cardamom to a very low boil over medium heat.
2. Add rice, and cook stirring over medium heat until thickened, about 30 minutes. This took me longer and left me with very soupy pudding, so check on my ratios of liquid to rice. This recipe is adjusted down a bit, but it all depends on your liking. I kind of think that as long as you're cooking milk gently with rice, good things will happen, so don't be afraid.
3. Pluck out cinnamon stick and enjoy.
Store this puppy in the fridge for less than a week.