What the hell is going on! The weather today in Melbourne is wild and unexpectedly cold for the end of spring. Let me rephrase that. It is bloody freezing down here! These unseasonably cold arctic winds are whipping the trees outside our office window around madly, and there odd patches of sunlight creeping in between dark and heavy skies. Cold weather food is the order of the day.
Black rice pudding – serves 2
100g of black glutinous rice
50g of palm sugar
500ml of water
Seeds from 2 cardamom pods
A little coconut cream
1 ripe mango - more if you like – peeled and sliced
Put the rice, sugar, water and cardamom seeds into a large pan. Bring to the boil then reduce the heat to its lowest setting. Cover with a lid and stir frequently (lazily as you go past the stove is fine) for 45 minutes. Uncover, turn up the heat a little bit and stir constantly for another 15 minutes. The rice should be sticky and sloppy, but still distinct and separate. Spoon into small bowls, top with a little drizzle of coconut cream and top it all with the skinned mango slices. Beautiful in a rather unexpected way.