This morning it's cold and rainy, what a great start to Memorial Day weekend, huh? So I made a batch of real German comfort food, Milchreis (milk rice, or rice pudding). It's not really like rice pudding my mom used to make, she'd take leftover rice, egg and milk and bake it. Milchreis is literally rice cooked in milk. Germans use short grain rice and you can even buy it in the package labeled "Milchreis".
I would buy Milchreis every six weeks at the Mensa, the university's commissary. It was the vegetarian entrée and always showed up on the menu on Fridays, sometimes with cherries, sometimes without. It cost 90 Pfennigs (about 45 cents in those days), the cheapest food on the (subsidized) menu. After you paid for the large soup plate full of pudding, you would go over to the condiment table and sprinkle as much cinnamon and sugar as you wanted over it. They never made it very sweet, so you could suit yourself.
Yep, the only problem is that milk rice is a little like Chinese food. You're hungry again in about an hour.
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