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27 Oct

paleo thai larb laarb laabLarb. Doesn’t sound so great in English. I considered titling this “laab” instead, since I’ve seen it like that before and laab just sounds so delightfully ethnic. And don’t you just feel sooo worldly and good about yourself when you eat delightfully ethnic food from oh-aren’t-they-quaint Southeast Asian cultures? It’s almost like being a do-gooder. Larb, on the other hand, sounds like an off-brand lard product, dusty cans of which line the shelves of shitty Tex-Mex restaurant kitchens. It’s not. It’s just a rather wonderfully seasoned herb-y pork-y salad that you’ve probably gotten a dozen times before and it’s all old hat. Yeah yeah, but it’s just so fun to make. So easy and I still am impressed every time I make it, or whatever variation on it. I like being impressed.
grinding toasted rice powder mortar pestle measuring toasting sticky rice I have two furry fleabags in the house. I just knew they’d get fleas. One of them escapes periodically and couldn’t be out for more than like 30 minutes before he comes back crying and flinging himself at the door. Not even 30 minutes most times. And it’s like two times per week maybe. Crap! They do go outside on the second story balcony but, but that can’t be possible for them to get fleas up there, right?! I don’t want to give them medicine wahhhh. I might try flea combing every day for a week or something and see if that helps, along with vacuuming a lot. Blast. Anyone want to come visit?? Hi!!
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coconut milk kheer

17 Feb

real food coconut milk kheerI’ve had some pretty terrible rice puddings. Thin and anemic, the rice somehow devoid of any starch. And something about it being served cold, more often than not, just magnifies how watery and uninspired the “pudding” is. Gross. But I’ve also had some really delicious ones. Spiced just right, not too sweet, and so thick serving it cold might be hazardous. Kinda like this recipe here.
natural value organic coconut milk no guar gum coconut milk I finally took the plunge and ordered a case of coconut milk online. I’ve of late been refusing to use the guar gummed coconut milk. I’ve been fairly convinvced it makes me feel terrible after an objectionable run-in with some commercial coconut milk ice cream, and while I’ve had some non-ice cream canned stuff in recent past and been alright, I’m still done with it. Enter the unfortunately titled “Natural Value” coconut milk. I’m not entirely sure it’s not an off-brand from Family Dollar. But hey, the placebo effect is a real thing, ya know?
arborio rice rinsing rice rinsed arborio rice I cut my hair! Bangs! Ugh, what was I thinking. They’re the worst! Now I actually have to style my hair. Now I actually have to wash my hair regularly. I have this big dumb cowlick in the front of my head that makes my hair look real dumb if I don’t comb and brush and curl and blow dry it. Also, I need to stop eating so much dessert. I shouldn’t have made this pudding. I think my chin and neck have come together to meet in unholy matrimony.
saffron cardamom pods boiling pudding Instead of arborio rice as I use here, jasmine rice is also a great rice to use, as is basmati. Jasmine’s flavor makes up for any difference in starch content between it and arborio I think. Golden raisins are also a nice addition, as are other nuts as garnishes – toasted almonds or toasted cashews. The saffron is optional. I have some from a Middle Eastern market and it was really inexpensive, but I know normally it’s not. And please don’t think you can make this with cauliflower rice or some other such nonsense. I mean you could, but I can think of way better things to use cauliflower for. You could use sprouted brown rice if you’re so inclined, but just decrease the amount of coconut milk you use since it’ll cook so quickly. I might try that with some brown Jasmine rice I have. I like sprouting things.
clarks local colorado honey pistachios chopped pistachios coconut milk kheer
serves about 6 – 8

1/2 cup arborio rice
2 cans coconut milk
6 cardamom pods, lightly crushed
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
generous pinch saffron
4 tablespoons honey
shelled and peeled pistachios

1. Wash and rinse the rice until the water runs clear.

2. In a small saucepan, heat the rice, coconut milk, cardamom, salt, and saffron over medium high heat until it starts to boil, then reduce the heat to medium low. Cook for 20 minutes, stirring frequently, especially toward the end as the mixture gets thicker.

3. Stir in the honey and cook an additional few minutes, stirring frequently.

Serve with chopped pistachios on top. If you can wait until it’s closer to room temperature (aka prime mouth-shoveling temperature) then it’s supreme.

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