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Beating Stress Part 2: Vanilla Bean Rice Pudding…

May 9, 2010

If relieving frustration via physical labour is the first stage in beating stress, then comfort is definitely the second! And I need some serious comfort right now. I mentioned that G was leaving to go to London for two weeks, two whole weeks… *sigh* Well, he’s been gone only 3 days and let’s be honest, it sucks. When you’ve been with someone for so long you kind of take for granted that they’re always close by. And suddenly when you realise they’re not, that their feet are not even on the same continent as yours, well lets just say it’s hitting me pretty hard.

On the outside I’m trying really hard to be strong and happy for his sake so he can enjoy being there and not worry about me! But just between us, its killing me… It’s got to the point where I’m literally counting down the days and picturing the moment when he walks through those sliding doors at the airport, you know the whole movie scene… jumping into his arms, big smooch in the middle of a crowded airport etc. (although its never like it is in the movies because you’ll be in the way and probably have some guy tripping over you and bags flying everywhere)

I’ve come to the realisation that rice pudding is one of the most comforting things to eat. It just warms you up from the inside giving you a sense of peace and stillness. I saw this recipe online and just fell in love with it. What comforts you when you’re sad? I could use a few more ideas for the next 13 days.

Vanilla Bean Rice Pudding

(Serves 4)

  • 1/2 cup Arborio rice (short grain risotto rice)
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, split (or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)

Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan and cook over low heat (just barely simmering) for 30-40 min, stirring occasionally, until the pudding is thick and the rice is soft and plump.

See, comfort is simple and the stirring is therapeutic which helps to sooth stress and sadness. Then you eat it and feel even better.

More comfort food on the way soon:)

2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 11, 2010 12:51 pm

    I like the idea of using arborio rice in this recipe… My mom used plain old Tastic when I was growing up, which was fine, but this version looks gorgeously creamy…

    • chocswirl permalink*
      May 11, 2010 1:35 pm

      Robyn, it does make it really creamy! And it soaks up all the flavour so it enhances the vanilla… hmmm…

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