How Do You Find Comfort?
What a harsh winter this has been! Of course it could be worse- I could be living in Syracuse, NY. (Average yearly snowfall= 115.6 in!)
But still. Its been rather cold and snowy here in Central Ohio. As I write this, an ice storm is on its way and the prediction is that the kids will be off from school. Again. Update: They are home!
My mind is telling me to keep going. To keep the kids occupied and work on catching up with the house and my business when I can. But my body just wants to curl up and hibernate until the Spring.
What I need? I need a little comfort.
Little things help. Familiar things. Hot soup and tea. Cozy socks.
What else? Listening to Bruce Hornsby’s album, Harbour Lights, rereading Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice, watching I Love Lucy reruns. They all make me sound ancient, don’t they?
But that’s just it. Those things that give me comfort are old and well-worn. They have withstood the test of time and bring back happy memories.
One of my favorite comfort foods is rice pudding. It takes a little time and effort but the effect on me is instantaneous. I am transported to my childhood, when my mother used to make this to warm us up on a day like today.
I’m not sure if its the exact recipe that my Mom used but this one seems to do the trick. It uses an oven-baked, double- boiler method. I’ve tried faster stovetop recipes, but they just don’t seem to get the level of creaminess that this one does.
Baked Rice Pudding
3 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (Don’t use imitation if you can help it!)
1 cup cooked medium- or long-grain rice
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly grease a 11/2 quart pyrex casserole dish. Boil water to eventually cover the bottom of a larger casserole dish or cake pan. The pyrex dish will be placed in the middle of this as it bakes.
2. In a mixing bowl, combine the eggs, milk, sugar, and vanilla. Beat until well-mixed. Fold in the rice and raisins.
3. Pour into the pyrex dish and sprinkle the cinnamon on top. Place inside the the casserole dish or cake pan and add an inch of boiling water to the outside pan.
4. Bake for about 1 hour, stirring well after 30 minutes. Bake until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. Enjoy it warm, at room temperature, or cold.
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A little taste of heaven- for me, anyway. How about you?
What do you do you eat, wear, watch, or listen to when you need a little comfort? I’d love to hear your ideas!
Well, I’m off to shovel the sidewalk and perhaps whip up some rice pudding for my own kids. (Not sure if they’ll eat it, though!) They are busy forming their own ideas of what comfort means. Someday I hope to find out what they are…
I wish you all a warm, cozy, and comforting week!