no, i will never stop writing about sweets. i have a thing for them. i will admit it. i always have, and sometimes i can get a little carried away... but even when i am trying to eat healthy (-er), i cannot give up a little post-dinner treat. i can go all day long without them, it doesn't bother me one bit. but desert -  it's as though it signals the end of the eating day. after that little treat i don't need anything else.

i don't remember snacking much as a kid. we ate breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and at the end of the day there was always something sweet. a cookie or two, pudding, a piece of pie. desert was practically a staple.

as i am trying to be healthy and good to my body i just cannot give this up. there are many things i can give up: candy, diet coke, adding sugar (and when i say sugar i mean the fake stuff and honey as well)  to oatmeal, coffee, tea, or anything else. but if i give up desert i almost feel as though i am punishing myself, as though i am pushing myself too hard, as though i am setting myself up for failure. when i allow myself desert i eat healthier throughout the day.

today i put chloe to bed and speed-walked on the treadmill for the better part of an hour. i am listening to "where'd you go, bernadette" by maria semple, and it made that hour seem to fly. once i was done working out i was ravenous for something sweet. i downed a liter of water, and i was still thinking of sugar. i wanted something not overtly sweet, but kind of substantial. i had some leftover rice in the fridge, some milk, raisins.... and i decided i would make some rice pudding.

i once heard someone mention putting a bay leaf in your rice pudding while cooking it, and for the life of me i cannot figure out where i heard it. it makes some sense to me, because any rue i make gets at least one bay leaf... i just never thought to put it in something sweet. let me tell you, it is perfect. it balances out the sweet taste so well.

so here is my recipe:

3 cups of milk (i used whole because that is what chloe drinks, but any kind should do)
1 cup cooked rice
1 tsp salt
1 bay leaf
1 egg
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
raisins (as many as you like, or leave them out).
cinnamon to top (if you like)

add the first four ingredients together in a saucepan and bring to a boil. reduce and simmer until slightly thickened (this won't take very long, maybe 10-15 minutes). whip the egg and sugar together in a small bowl and add to the pan slowly while stirring continuously. return to simmer and add vanilla and raisins. allow to simmer, stirring often, until thickened. remove the bay leaf. eat hot, or cold, top with cinnamon if you like it. enjoy!  

are you a desert person? what is your favorite?


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