This was my breakfast yesterday. I was at Whole Foods just browsing through the grain section to find something new to cook with. I saw these beautiful green jade rice from China.
I bought it because I like green and I like rice. I had no idea what it was or what to do with them. At home, I learned a little about this rice. Jade rice is a kind of short grain pearl rice colored with bamboo extract. Bamboo extract is what makes them look like little green jade pebbles.
I smelled it and it doesn't smell like bamboo, but it does smell a bit sweet. So I decided to make a dessert with it. Rice pudding is my husband's favorite thing, so there it is. I used coconut oil and coconut milk to make the pudding with this rice. It just seemed like a better match than cow milk and I had lots of coconut milk sitting in my fridge.
Since it lost the nice green color while the rice was getting cooked with coconut milk, I added some green matcha powder to get that nice green color back. It was a nice try but it didn't quit work well the color wise. But it added a nice accent in the pudding.
I also made some candied kumquat. This brings me back the memory of my grandmother. She used to make it all the time. I remember the smell of kumquat marmalade in her kitchen. The food I post on this blog are very much influenced by her cooking and her way of life with food.
I do miss her very much and this one is for you, Oba-chan (grandma)!