I suppose maybe I was inspired by Chopped, or maybe it was the fact my dinner literally consisted of tomato basil potato chips, a cucumber, and some yogurt with cereal.
So, I’ve been in a bit of a grocery rut lately. I get such variety from the CSA that I’ve been neglecting buying a good variety of other foods. This means if I want a snack, I usually have to do some actual cooking.
The theme of Chopped tonight is chocolate, which put me in a mood for sweets.
How I came up with millet rice pudding, I have no idea.
Actually…I do. First I was going to toast millet so I could puff it up and have cereal with peanut butter and sugar. Then, I was looking through my ‘ancient grains’ cookbook and saw a recipe for rice pudding. I didn’t have any of the right ingredients, but it sounded good, so I made up a recipe of my own.
Is it truly rice pudding? Um, probably not. Do I care at this point that I’ve mislabeled this post? No.
Also, I apologize in advance for this being the most haphazard recipe ever. I used to believe in measuring ingredients at one point in my life. Then I met my roommate.
Toasted Millet Rice Pudding
-layer a dry pan with millet and set to medium heat
-while shaking the pan, let the millet toast (you’ll hear crackling)
-once the millet starts to brown, add water and cook until the millet soaks up all the water
-add milk, honey, and vanilla
-continue to cook until liquid has been absorbed
-add orange juice, peanut butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugar
-cook until liquid has been absorbed
-continue to add water/let it be absorbed until your millet reaches the right consistency (I don’t know what the right consistency is, soooo I cooked it until it was soft).
-for a more intense flavor, add orange extract
This ended up tasting pretty good. I think adding chocolate chips would be amazing, and in the future I would maybe not add nutmeg.
Total Price: cheap
I don’t know exactly how much of anything I used, but the millet was something, like, $1.50/lb…I probably used $0.30 worth. I used such trivial amounts of everything else that I don’t think this could have cost more than $0.75.