Tag Archives: Rice

Anyone for Torta di Risa Dolce (Rice Cake!)??

Now if you know what’s good for you- you’ll say yes! I just love risotto and when I found this little gem I was delighted to make it my own.  And this is just perfect to have with a coffee at 11, or with some creamy vanilla ice cream as a dessert.  Warm of cold, it makes no odds.  Just simply divine.

There is no food richer in meaning than rice: life, wealth, and prosperity accompany this grain, a cornerstone of Italian cuisine. It was already a common ingredient in ancient China and India. According to archeologists, rice originated 15,000 years ago on the Indian side of the Himalayas!
Rice is an extremely important ingredient for the populations of the Far East who base their diet on this white cereal. Alexander the Great introduced the grain to Persia and then scientists brought it to the Middle East. Over the centuries, it finally made its way to Europe, first in Greece, then in the Roman lands, where it was never cultivated, rather imported. Rice remained an expense food for the rich Westerners who used it in small doses as a cosmetic or to fight against intestinal disease or fevers!

Risotto Rice, milk, sugar and dried fruit go into this delicious gluten-free cake originally from the city of Bologna.

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Italian- Malaysian- Traditional- A true Fusion meal!

I recently had some friends and family for dinner, and have been itching to re-make the Beef Rendang we made in Ballymaloe.  I had made some gorgeous white sourdough at the weekend, and was planning to start with some Bruschetta.

Miscellaneous Brushetta

Miscellaneous Brushetta

One of the unexpected guests was Italian- so I was kind of glad they had been hoovered up before he arrived!

Cheese- Tete du moine and parmigiana

Cheese- Tete du moine and parmigiana

I made three varieties, Tete de Moine, with raisins and honey,

Prosciutto and Parmigiana

and Tomato, Mozzarella and basil.

Beef Rendang Prep

Beef Rendang Prep

Then the Beef with Rice and green salad, as it got a bit frantic, there are no pics of the finished beef, but after slow cooking in the coconut milk for 3 hours, it was ambrosial.

And then another Italian course- a limoncello ice cream to clean the palate,

Limoncello Ice Cream, excited to use our own limoncello

Limoncello Ice Cream, excited to use our own limoncello

Limoncello Ice cream- a little runny!

Limoncello Ice cream- a little runny!

and to finish a traditional raspberry trifle with a twist!

There turned out to be more guests then I anticipated, but it was great fun, and everybody did get fed! As always there was lots of dessert.

Fresh Raspberry Trifle

Fresh Raspberry Trifle