Thursday, 23 March 2017

Creamy Carrot and Sweet Potato Rice Pudding with Blood Oranges

Some of you may remember last month I made a Beetroot Rose Rice Pudding, my husband loudly asserted You can make that again!  Well I have been looking for a reason to make  a variation of it again and it came with the Food 'N' Flix  hosted by Wendy at A Day In The Life on a Farm. The movie chosen this month is The Martian. 
I had not watched it, so we picked it up when we were in Bath, Somerset for the day.  I watched it that evening.  The Martian is about an astronaut  Mark Watney (played by Matt Damon) a Botanist who is accidentally presumed to be dead and is left by his crew on Mars.  When he wakes up, he realises he is all alone and has to survive.  He embarks on a journey, a journey of survival where he attempts to grow potato crops on a land where nothing grows, biding time for his colleagues to come and rescue him.   Here is a trailer to the movie if you have not watched it.  
The most obvious food reference was of course to potatoes and yes, I cook with potatoes a lot, sweet potatoes that is.  I took my inspiration from the myriad and bursting shades of orange, rust, bronze, marigold, clay, sandstone found  in the landscape of the planet, from the rockery to the grainy dry sand.  

decided to make a Creamy Carrot and Sweet Potato Rice Pudding with Blood Oranges.  I have to thank Coffee and Casseroles for spotting the oranges in the movie about 29 minutes into the movie, there is a bowl of oranges on the table behind two actors in an Earth scene, as I blinked and missed them, but I  felt I just had to incorporate them into my dish too, Thank you once again.



Although I was a little disappointed in that the orange colouring did not come through strong, I did love the flavours in this Creamy Carrot and sweet Potato Rice Pudding with Blood Oranges, including the bitter sweetness from the blood oranges.  I think this recipe would even work well with Butternut Squash or another sweet pumpkin.  Also, although this is a vegetarian recipe, it can easily be made suitable for vegans too. Now did I like the movie? I have to confess, it was not my favourite movie, way too many cliches in it for me and I felt they could have developed the relationships with the other crew at the start of the movie with Mark Watney, as that camaraderie part for me did not seem genuine, still I thank Food'n'Flix as I do love joining in and trying to be a bit more creative with my food.  

Sadly I won't be able to join in April as I cannot get a subtitled version of A Touch of Spice, it seems like a beautiful Greek movie from the trailer, but I feel I won't do the challenge justice if I cannot understand what is being said. 
I am also sharing this with #CookBlogShare hosted by Easy Peasy Foodie; Utterly Scrummy and  Family-Friends-Food for One Potato, Two Potato challenge; and Inheritance Recipes co hosted by Solange at Pebble Soup and Coffee and Vanilla as Rice Pudding with the addition of vegetables is becoming a tradition in my little home - Did you see my Beetroot Rose Rice Pudding last month?!  


Creamy Carrot (and Sweet Potato) Rice Pudding with Blood Oranges
Serves 6
Ingredients
 45g butter or sunflower spread
120g demerara sugar
2 blood oranges, sliced thinly or with a mandolin

100g Basmati rice rice
 1 litre of milk or plant based milk or milk
 2 tablespoons demerara sugar

200g  carrots or sweet potatoes (or mixture of both), grated plus 1 whole carrot, peeled and chopped in half
180ml  double cream or diary free alternative cream

Method
In a pan, melt butter with the demerara sugar.  When these have dissolved, stir in the blood orange slices and allow to infuse.  Set aside and allow it to cool down.

Wash and soak the rice for about 15 minutes.
Drain the rice and then place in a heavy bottomed saucepan.  
Stir in the milk and sugar and bring to the boil.   
Then lower the heat and simmer for about 30 minutes or until you get a rich, creamy texture. 
Scoop out the carrot from the rice pudding mixture and transfer to a food blender with the double cream. 
Puree the carrot and cream together. 
Stir in cream puree to the pot.
Stir in the infused buttery sugar, keep the orange slices aside.  
Simmer for a 15 minutes of so for the flavours to infuse and thicken.
Garnish with soft blood orange slices.

24 comments:

  1. This looks scrumptious. As for The Martian, perhaps you should try the book as things in movies can become truncated with adaptation to the screen.

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    1. Thanks e. Yes, I have been told that, but its not really my kind of movie, so the book won't really interest me either - I am more into thrillers and presently Nordic Noir, so I don't think the book would appeal either.

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  2. I have heard of the movie but not watched it - love how you have taken inspiration to make a really interesting sounding rice pudding - hope D enjoyed it

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    1. Thanks Johanna, I was going to share another Orange recipe, but held back - i think one entry for Food n Flix is plenty. The rice pudding was really lovely, just as nice as the beetroot version.

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  3. I love your use of sweet potato and carrot here! Such a fun way to include them in a sweet dish, even if the colour wasn't as vibrant as you'd hoped.

    I was interested to hear your thoughts on The Martian too, as I read the book on Mr Bite's recommendation. I didn't love it either but suspect we will watch it off TV eventually.

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    1. Thank you Kari. Yes, I was a little disappointed in the lack of colour, perhaps saffron would have enhanced it too. Interested to read that your read the book and have not watched the movie yet. Yes - wait for it to come on TV, otherwise I am happy to post you my DVD as its unlikely that we will watch it again, let me know - no obligation.

      I have been pondering making your bookmarked recipes this week, so hopefully will get round to making them and sharing them next month.

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  4. This looks great - I would never have thought to add vegetables to rice pudding but it sounds and looks delicious.
    Thanks for joining in with #onepotato two potato :-)

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    1. Honestly Helen if it works in porridge and flapjacks, then it works in rice pudding and risottos, do try it and thank you for hosting #onepotato

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  5. What wonderful and unusual flavours! Sounds delicious!! Thanks for linking up to #CookBlogShare :-) Eb x

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    1. Thank you so much Eb. It was really delicious

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  6. This sounds and looks absolutely amazing! Thank you for sharing with the #InheritanceRecipes :)

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    1. Thank you Margot, I am hoping to make another version next month, so if I don't share a family recipe, then that one will be winging to #Inheritance recipes next month too :)

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  7. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy the film but I'm glad that it inspired this wonderful pudding.

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    1. That's okay Wendy I am sure there would be movies that I like that you woud not like :) I'd still have watched it though, It did inspire me though - lots of orange.

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  8. Oh I'm surprised you're not a fan of the movie. I really enjoyed it. I thought it was funny and cute and clever. I read the book first though, which I think may give a little more background. You should read the book - it was really good.
    Your creamy rice sounds delicious. Although it didn't come out the colour you were hoping for, I think it's quite beautiful as a lighter porridge with bright bursts of blood orange slice atop it.

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    1. Yeah, I thinks books are often better than the movies portrayal. Totally recommend vegetables in rice pudding, do try it if your ever in the mood.

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  9. I’ll try this recipe soon. I adore rice pudding and my recipe is slightly different. It will be interesting to compare. Thank you for linking to #InheritanceRecipe

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  10. Thanks Solange. My mothers recipe is very different and a lot more time consuming, she will roll her eyes at my recipe. I look forward to seeing your version. I was going to share another Rice Pudding recipe with Inheritance Recipes, but may hold off as I have something else that I made a little while back when I had my nephews and nieces over and they loved it, its something they want to eat every time they come to visit their Aunty which is not that often.

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  11. Sucha afan of rcie pudding (again) and love the idea of adding carrots and sweet potatoes to it. Yeah saw blood oranges in the store yesteday, should have bought some.

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    1. Go and get them now! Also Thanks for coming by Evelyne for my Foodnflix submission.

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  12. Love another rice pudding and adding the blood oranges was genius. I missed that item, too. I think I am getting a copy of A Touch of Spice from the library. I found one on YouTube but without captions! :)

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    1. Thanks Debra. Lucky that you can get it from the library. Yeah I saw it on youtube but without captions and its a shame, I sadly won't be joining in this month.

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  13. I love that you were inspired by the landscape! What a gorgeous dish!

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