23 January 2011

It's ridiculous to leave all the conversation to the pudding

When the weather turns nippy, it makes me think of Jordan, my freshman year roommate and best friend (hi Jordan!).

Jordan grew up in Los Angeles and had never lived in a place with snow before coming to Wililams. She used to worry me, shivering in her bed next to the heater with all our extra blankets piled on her, and layered up in her skiing gear.

She's come a long way since then, and now really embraces the cold. She's come a long way in other ways, too, surprising herself. She studied in New Zealand for a year, wrote a thesis in oceanography, sailed for weeks offshore aboard a research vessel, and is now in grad school, studying climate change.

I am so proud of her, and of being her friend.

This is the girl who knows exactly how I'm feeling and what I'm thinking, even when I can't find the words. She was my first real introduction to non-classical music, and the extra nudge I needed to apply for a semester at Williams-Mystic despite my parents' skepticism. She shares my love of running and cooking. She takes care of me when I'm tired and discouraged and grumpy. And I take care of her when she hurts herself cutting up watermelon or running in the woods. We have had a lot of adventures together, and there are still so many more to come.

Maybe that's why the cold weather still makes me think of Jordan. When the wind is rattling around and seeping in through the cracks -- seriously, what good are the windowless cement walls of our library, if they can't even keep out the wind? -- I would love nothing better than to ditch my lecture notes and cuddle under a blanket with a good book or two (textbooks don't count). Alas, that is not to be, and the next best thing I could think of was a bowl of warm rice pudding topped with cinnamon, to sweeten the study time.

It, uh, helps me think about how the GI tract works.


Rice Pudding
Adapted from MADE.

The original recipe uses milk, but I had a carton of almond milk in the fridge, so I used that. Since this was my first time making this, I don't have a basis for comparison, but this version turned out delicious.

3/4 c. rice
6 c. unsweetened almond milk
1/2 c. sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 c. raisins

Combine the rice and milk in a large saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring constantly, 10-15 min. Then reduce to a very low simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, the rice is soft and the pudding becomes thick. This takes 30-35 min.

Remove from heat and add the sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and raisins. Allow to cool, then serve in bowls while warm.

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