There are so many fancy dishes out there. And so many wonderfully
fresh ingredients. And they all have their day. But rice pudding is
one of those unsung heroes of childhood that somehow still strikes
a chord - and it's global as well. As CNN's Eatocracy
"A few humble ingredients - milk, rice and sugar - is all it
takes to make this creamy, comforting dessert. From there, you can
spice it up however you please, whether with vanilla and apricots
or rum, raisins and nutmeg. When "this porridge is just right,"
it's neither gummy nor soupy.
If you think this concoction is absolutely divine, you certainly
aren't alone: In Dutch and Flemish folklore, heaven is described as
a place where you can dig into a never-ending supply of rice
pudding - with golden spoons, no less.
And on Christmas Eve in Sweden, children put out rice pudding
(Risgrynsgröt) for Jultomte, the Swedish equivalent of Santa
So today let's celebrate the unglamorous, the unpretentious, and
the unfashionable foods that have earned a place in our hearts. Of
course, we'd be amiss if we didn't contribute a link to some of the
wonderful online recipes
available for rice pudding that you can find in the EYB
library. Although, as you will see, even the prosaic rice pudding
has evolved into some rather exotic sounding concoctions
(Strawberry jam coconut rice pudding, anyone?). Enjoy!