It's time for October's Improv Cooking Challenge hosted by Lesa of Edesia's Notebook. I don't know where the weeks are going.
The idea of this challenge: we are assigned two ingredients and are tasked to create a recipe with those two things.
October's assigned ingredients are actually colors. In the spirit of Halloween, we're making things that are: orange and black.
When I was at a farmers' market this weekend, I saw a pile of peaches called 'Last Tango.' I knew those would be the last peaches I would see till next summer. So, I decided to use them in my orange and black dish. I opted to make one of my favorite Thai dishes using forbidden rice. Note this is not a traditional Khao Neeo Mamuang; it's my own fast and loose interpretation with the last of summer peaches instead of not-local mangoes. I love the nuttiness of the forbidden rice...and I love that name! Plus, it is delicious!
- 2 C Forbidden rice*
- 2 C coconut cream
- 2 C water
- 1/2 C organic granulated sugar
- 1 t pure vanilla bean paste*
- 4 T coconut flakes, toasted
- ripe 'Last Tango' peaches, sliced for serving (use whatever peaches you can find)
Place all of the ingredients - except for the coconut flakes and the peaches - in a large saucepan that has a lid. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, cover, and let steam until the rice is tender. If the rice is not cooked, but all the liquid has evaporated, add in more water. Once the rice is cooked, fold in the coconut flakes. Spoon it out on individual plates and top with sliced peaches.
Here's what the rest of the Improv crew made with their orange and black ingredients...
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