I'm going through this thing where I'm making foods that I really enjoy over the next few days since next weekend is mostly going to be a liquid/mushy food diet. Cause on Thursday I'm going to the torture chamber oral surgeon's office to get 3 wisdom teeth out (the 4th was taken out years ago).

I'm doing my best not to think about the extraction itself because it scares the crap out of me. Dental type things scare the crap out of me. I've also never gone under general anethesia before. And I heal slowly. And I tend to have reactions to things. It will be interesting to see if I swell/breakout from the tape on the IV. I've never had an IV before either. They are giving me laughing gas before they even attempt the IV. Cause drugs are my friends - or so I've been told.

NOTE: anyone who posts comments with horror stories *WILL* *BE* *BANNED* and no I am so not shitting you when I say that.

So next weekend will be a lot of soup, pudding, Carnation instant breakfast, and popsicles.

I got kinda excited about the prospect of pudding. My first thought was that I could make rice pudding but then I remembered I'm not allowed to have rice. Boo.

So if I ever get off the computer today and start doing things I'm going to make rice pudding. Not just any rice pudding but Chai Rice Pudding. Young Anthony made this the Christmas he spent with me in Montreal.  He didn't love it as much as I did so I've claimed it.
Chai Rice Pudding (originally from Bon Appetit)

5 cups whole milk
1 cup arborio rice
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup finely chopped cystalized ginger
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp cardammon
1/2 tsp allspice

Stir milk, rice, sugar and salt in a large saucepan over high heat until sugar dissolves and mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and gently simmer uncovered until the pudding is thick and rice is tender, about 45 minutes. Mix in ginger and spices. Spoon warm pudding into bowls. You can top with whipped cream if desired.

Makes 6 servings

banana.gif Monkey Note 1: Crystallized ginger can be pricey. But it tends to be very reasonably prices if not just plain cheap if you buy it at a bulk store. Ditto the arborio rice. I need to make a trip to a bulk store soon cause I need cornmeal and rolled oats.

banana.gif Monkey Note 2:  Even though this makes way more than a couple of servings I never cut the recipe because it's soooo yummy. When it's finished cooking I scoop it into bowls to cool and then cover with saran-wrap and put them in the fridge for instant servings. I do the same with other puddings too.
Tuesday or Wednesday I'll be buying me some samosas from my cheap Indian take out place. And maybe some yummy roast corn from a street-vendor. Mmmmmm. And I bought some yummy white french bread and I'll soon be slathering some slices with butter and imported lavendar honey.

Oh and yesterday I bought a cute little two-cup tea pot. I think I'll be brewing myself some tea later...do I want one of the yummy rooibos teas from my last post or some of the yummy lemongrass tea I bought yesterday. What is it about fall that puts me in a tea mood? I also bought some yummy fairtrade sumatran coffee yesterday too. I love the St. Lawrence Market.