Comfort food!

As a get well soon present, knowing how much I love good food and drink, my mum bought me a copy of Olly Smith’s ‘Eat and Drink: Good Food That’s Great to Drink’. Packed full of delicious recipes, organised not by course but by flavour, this book is now my go- to guide when I fancy trying something new. Not only does it contain easy to follow recipes and tips of what drinks to pair different flavours with, it will also make you giggle at times!

At the weekend, in need of some comfort food, we had a fish and chip takeaway (naughty!) followed by a home made rice pudding (recipe below), accompanied by Olly’s own hot chocolate sauce; a delightful combination of butter, cocoa powder, golden syrup and milk. It was so tasty; I vowed to try out some more of Olly’s recipes the next day (by which point, I was hoping I’d be well enough to have a glass or two of wine alongside my meal!)…

Rice Pudding- serves 4

Ingredients
100g Arborio rice
50g caster sugar
600ml semi- skimmed milk
100ml double cream
1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
½ vanilla pod

1. Heat oven to 140˚ (120˚c for a fan oven)
2. Wash and drain the rice
3. Tip the rice and sugar into a deep baking dish
4. Stir through the milk and cream
5. Sprinkle the nutmeg over the top and scrape out the vanilla from the pod
6. If, like me, you like your rice pudding nice and brown on the top (with a skin- yum!), cook it for 2½ hours or until the pudding wobbles ever so slightly when shaken.

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