Saturday, January 2, 2010

Spiced coconut rice with berries

Happy 2010!

Finished with another decade and onto a new one.
I wonder what this one will be called, so far I have heard it phrased as the 'teens' - I have a feeling that one might stick.

I am so happy the new year has come as it means Christmas and NYE are over and my house can finally stay clean for more than one day. It also means I won't be clocking extraordinary hours in the kitchen, as much as I love cooking, I also love a break now and then.

Hubby and I stayed in NYE with our dog and chose to make New Year's Day a technology free one. Because of our jobs and our love of the internet in our spare time we spend a average minimum of 14 hours per day on our laptops, we also spend at least 2 hours watching a movie or a television show - pretty shocking and our wrists and eyes do pay a price for it. We really wanted to stick to this ban so we drove to Toys R Us and bought a boot load of board games such as Jenga, Scattegories, Trivial Pursuit etc. The end result  - apart from one movie we spent the whole day playing games, playing with the dog and having fun.

In the morning, well around 12:15pm to be exact, we awoke from our NYE slumbers. Seeing as though I had no time limit I thought I'd make a slow breakfast, and nothing sounded better than a comforting rice porridge with antioxidant rich berries.

ease: 4.5/5.
prep time: 10mins.
cooking time: 50mins.
total: 1 hour.

taste: 4/5. The cardamom reigns as King with cinnamon it's servant. The luscious, creamy rice allows hints of coconut to come through, but only briefly as the spices dominate before the tart, luscious berries burst through, dissolving the cream and leaving your mouth refreshed.
The texture was on the runny side for me so I would subtract 100ml of soy milk, and also a touch less cardamom to allow cinnamon a touch more flavour. Overall the berries (I chose blueberries and raspberries), spices and creamy rice (I used carnaroli) contrast and compliment each other beautifully.

would I make it again: No - takes too long for brekkie.

recipe: Spiced coconut rice with berries


  1. Happy new year, and I love your idea of a technology free day! I want to implement that on a weekly basis, ok, making fortnightly to start with!!

  2. Happy New Year and best wishes for 2010! This looks fabulous!

  3. Amazing photos as always so inspiring!! Hope you had a Happy New Year!! The tech-less day is genius! Now the rice and berries- I totally could see this being an amazing dessert to a light meal!