One of my favorite memories of my father-in-law involves rice pudding. Whenever he had extra rice leftover from dinner (which was most of the time) he would make a batch of pudding to send home with me.
One time stands out in my mind in particular. He had forgotten that he added onions to his recipe that evening. With a full pot of rice left over, he decided to make a huge tub of pudding, which he dropped off at my place.
After he left, I couldn’t wait to dig in, so I served myself a heaping bowl. The scent seemed a little off, but I attributed that to my extra-sensitive pregnancy sense of smell. With the first spoonful, I figured it out – onions!
I made a call to his place and we had a good laugh. Now, every time we have rice pudding, we always joke about adding onions to the recipe.
Other additions, like raisins and other types of fruit, go much better with this dessert than onions do. One recipe I am especially fond of features coconut milk and mango.
This pudding has a tropical feel that makes it perfect for a summertime dessert.
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