Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Coconut Basmati Rice recipe

I've been wanting to share this recipe for weeks. Its very delicious, healthy, fast and easy. I was experimenting with coconut milk and found this recipe online. I made some modifications and it is sweet and delicious! It is simply a rice pudding, but it is dairy free and more ethnic.

1/2 c. Basmati rice
2 c. Coconut milk (1 can)
1 3/4-2 c. Water
1/2 c. Sugar
1 t. Cinnamon
1 t. Vanilla
Raisins (optional)
Coconut flakes (optional)

Combine rice, coconut milk, water, and sugar in a medium saucepan on stove. Bring to a boil. Turn down heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Take off heat and add cinnamon, vanilla, and raisins. Mix in about 1/4 cup coconut flakes if you desire. Served warm or cold.

Okay now MY scoop on this recipe:

*its so cool because its versatile. The first time I made it I used 2 cups of water, the second time I used 1 3/4 cups of water. It really affects the thickness, so if you like your rice puddings to be thinner use 2 cups, if you like it pretty thick (just like saucy rice) use 1 3/4 c. Your choice!

*You can use any sugar substitute (Splenda, Sugar in the raw, etc)

*I added the cinnamon and the raisins because I like them. Some people don't like raisins, thats okay! You will love it plain. You could add fresh mango or blueberries or another fruit on top to give the dish more texture and flavor.

*I baked come coconut flakes in the oven on broil for about 4 minutes to make them brown and crispy, and sprinkled them on top (not pictured). This gives it some texture and makes it really yummy. Try it!


I dream of the 20s

I dream of the 20s, honestly. Living and loving and sitting on a picnic blanket it the sunshine with a boy in suspenders. I know this is a common fantasy for girls these days, but I am completely and utterly in love with all things old fashion. From Jane Austen, to flapper dresses, to Rosie the Riveter, i'm enchanted. Its so beautiful and put together and soft and feminine. So I keep dreaming and falling in love with old movies and just all of it... And I decided to try finger waves, because its possibly my favorite hair style of all time. This is the first time so it didn't turn out as well as it will next time. I'm planning on throwing a 20s-30s party for the beginning of spring/summer. It will be lots of fun and I can't wait to sport this hair and see it on all my friends!

A dreamy front view of my hair today...

What it looks like from the side. If it were perfect, it would have the same sway but more volume/sticking out.

I hope you like it. Most boys do NOT like it and do NOT understand the whole old-fashion fantasy thing, but luckily no boys read this blog. :D. So, I will keep pretending because I can, and its fun! Try it!