I thought the rice pudding was so wonderful in the vanilla flavor that it needed nothing more. I did add a sprinkle of cinnamon to one dish of it. And I hid an almond inside one just for fun. Somehow I ended up with three small bowls of pudding instead of four. Maybe we are just big eaters, but this did not make a huge amount and I will double the recipe next time!
I think of rice pudding as a comfort food but in literature it is sometimes referred to as plain, cheap, or familiar. I even remember something Charles Dickens wrote relating an incident where a schoolboy was given shabby treatment with rice pudding as a pretended treat. I have never thought of rice pudding in those terms! I think it can be a positively elegant finish to an extraordinary meal!
Added history: In Europe, rice pudding with goat's milk was first used by the Romans for medicinal purposes. For this reason, the first written records of rice pudding occur in medical texts. All I know is it sure makes me feel good!
We really enjoyed it. It was smooth and rich and sweet and I will definitely make it again when I have the time!
Word of advice: Don't waste your wonderful pudding like this man did. . . .
Madcap comic Vic Reeves will not face charges after allegedly attacking a photographer with a tin of rice pudding.
Police have told the comic that there will be no further action after the alleged incident at his mansion in Aldington, Kent.
The comedian - real name Jim Moir - was said to have hurled the tin at a freelance photographer who had been waiting at his gate to take a picture.