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Rice Pudding With Fresh Berries And Yogurt (Arroz Con Leche)

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What  do vegetables and rice pudding have in common ?
– Most of us have been turned off by crappy versions when we were kids. Overcooked vegetables and over-sweetened, wallpaper-paste resembling, under-cooked rice pudding made most of us hate the stuff as kids. While a few moms and even fewer restaurants served decent vegetables and rice pudding, the majority of it turned us off to it for life 😦
Only with the introduction of nouvelle cuisine did vegetables get the respect they deserved. Nowadays, vegetables have finally achieved the place they deserve. Bright, perfectly cooked, deliciously seasoned and in an incredible variety, they are here to stay, from the simplest home preparation to incredible concoctions at fine dining establishments.
So what the heck happened to rice pudding ???!
For some reason, outside of some Latin countries, it has never caught-on in the mainstream, neither in most homes and definitely not in commercial food establishments.
To this day, it has the stigma as being too simple, too boring, too old-fashioned and just simply “bah”.
Yet I beg to differ, as I am trying to proof with this recipe of one of my newly re-discovered childhood favorites.
My mom was a less than stellar cook (love made me say that – in reality, outside of very few dishes she had mastered, she was as bad at cooking as one can imagine) 🙂 😦 .
But, as I recall from sweet memory, her rice pudding was second to none. However, through the years I had completely forgotten about the deliciousness of a well-prepared rice pudding, until a few months back when I had a perfect one at a friend’s house. This made me remember how wonderful it can be when done right and ever since, I have prepared it often for Bella and myself .
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Bon Appétit !   Life is Good !
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P.S.
Usually, I would top this pudding with whipped cream and fresh berries. However, I prepared this large badge because I was invited to a beach party and whipped cream would not hold-up in the heat. Low and behold, the yogurt made a huge difference, the added tartness and the texture took the the final dish to an even higher level of comfort food heaven 🙂
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Rice Pudding With Fresh Berries And Yogurt

Rice Pudding With Fresh Berries And Yogurt

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Rice Pudding With Fresh Berries And Yogurt

Rice Pudding With Fresh Berries And Yogurt

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Preparation :
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Chicken & Scallion Dumplings “Foo Yong”

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Ravioli,  Dumplings, Maultaschen, Pierogi or whatever you call your little pasta pockets filled with a savory filling – if there are leftovers, what will be  the best way to make a meal out of them ?  I say, saute them with eggs and voila ! – a whole new, different, beautiful dish which, when properly prepared, will be as good as the first incarnation of your little pockets of deliciousness 🙂
So, while I would usually make this dish with leftover dumplings, today I did not even wait to have leftovers. Instead, I sautéed them right after they came out of the boiling water with some eggs, chili oil, chili flakes and cilantro and bingo ! What a great dish – perfect texture, taste and presentation
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Chicken & Scallion Dumplings "Foo Yong"

Chicken & Scallion Dumplings “Foo Yong”

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Chicken & Scallion Dumplings "Foo Yong"

Chicken & Scallion Dumplings “Foo Yong”

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saute onions in garlic oil until translucent

saute onions in garlic oil until translucent

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add garlic confit paste, saute until garlic is fragrant

add garlic confit paste, saute until garlic is fragrant

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add lightly whisked whole eggs, seasoned with kosher salt and cayenne pepper

add lightly whisked whole eggs, seasoned with kosher salt and cayenne pepper

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add freshly boiled, drained dumplings (if using leftovers, saute after onions before adding the garlic paste

add freshly boiled, drained dumplings                       (if using leftovers, saute after onions before adding the garlic paste)

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saute one minute until eggs are set

saute one minute until eggs are set

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add chopped cilantro. to serve, drizzle with chili oil and sprinkle with chili flakes and more cilantro

add chopped cilantro. to serve, drizzle with chili oil and sprinkle with chili flakes and more cilantro

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Chicken & Scallion Dumplings "Foo Yong"

Chicken & Scallion Dumplings “Foo Yong”

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