sick day cooking: rice pudding

so after spending an entire weekend in bed (recovering those chairs was my last great act) i saw the doctor yesterday and he thinks i have not one, but two viruses - one for the chest and one gastro. which would explain why an order of tom kha gai from khmer thai, my usual go-to cold cure, seems to have chased the chest cold into my sinuses, but also was waaay too much for my stomach to handle.

my stomach is on constant gurgle mode. it's quite distracting.

anyway, doc put me on a diet. toast, bananas, applesauce, rice. and plenty of liquids.

so far i've been existing solely on toast, sometimes with a bit of marmalade or cheese for variety, but last night i sent tg out on a shopping mission for applesauce and basmati rice (and various other things we ran out of while i was unconscious). so today is rice pudding day, a bit of comfort in a bowl. and hopefully a bit of nutrition, too.

and now, i'm going to curl up on the sofa with my pudding and buster keaton.

rice pudding

1 1/3 cups basmati rice
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
pinch salt
6 cups milk (divided)
4 eggs, well beaten
1 1/2 tsp vanilla

combine dry ingredients in a big saucepan. stir in 4 cups milk.

bring to a low boil over medium heat. reduce to low and simmer, stirring constantly, for 30 minutes.

remove from heat, stir in the remaining 2 cups of milk.

add a spoonful of rice mixture to the eggs, stirring constantly, to warm them up. then, again stirring constantly, add the eggs back into the rice mixture.

return to a simmer and cook gently, stirring, about 5 minutes.

remove from heat, stir in vanilla. chill a few hours before serving.

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