Recovering from Hurricane with Coconut Rice Pudding

Coconut Rice Pudding with Dark Cherries

It has been 15 days since Hurricane Sandy hit and left us with no power, water or heat. I would like to apologize for not posting lately, but it was just impossible for me to get power.

I have to admit I have seen better days. Sandy flexed her muscles and showed us that Mother Nature is still in charge. No one really wanted to believe that this storm would hit this community so bad. In the end it was a 15 foot coastal flood wave which basically rolled over our sea town. It didn’t end there; the 36 hour tropical storm that followed the flood, blasted with 95 miles per hour winds and finished the disaster for what is now known as the worst storm New York has ever seen.

Hurricane caos

Hurricane aftermath

What Bragging Rights and Hurricanes Have in Common?

Seeing disasters like this on TV is one thing experience it first hand is nerve reckoned. I thank god my family and neighbors are fine.  Some neighbors, who actually laughed at me for evacuating to higher grounds, lost their cars and almost their life. Of course anyone stays behind has bragging rights, but for what cause? Houses burned down and fire departments couldn’t help since the roads were flooded with over 4 feet of water. Bragging rights?! – No thank you.  The hardest part, after returning to the house, was the cleanup progress. It felt like there is no end in side. Even worse seeing the all so dear memories such as childhood pictures floating away is heart ranching.

Hey, life goes on, but why should I burden you with my worries. Everyone got their own problems so I don’t want to add to those. However there is a good side to this. Communities come together and help each other.  We all got a little closer – the nice and not so nice neighbors. Differences were put aside and friendships were made or refreshed. And the moral of bragging rights and hurricanes are: Both can have dangerous consequences.

In my next post you’ll find out how we made out without power, heat and water and how wood stove cooking and candle light dinners made our day a little sweeter.

Coconut Rice Pudding with Warm Dark Cherries

Here is a little teaser we cooked on the wood stove. It’s a very simple coconut rice pudding which I served with warm dark cherries. You can serve it with any fruit you like, I find rice pudding taste just great with saucy fruits.


Coconut Rice Pudding with Cherries & Cinnamom
Coconut Rice Pudding with warm cherries is one of my favorite childhood dishes. It’s not every ones taste because it’s sweet, but to me it’s very satisfying. My Mom cooked this dish at least ones a week and all of us were fighting for the leftovers.


Coconut Rice Pudding with Dark Warm Cherries
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: German
Serves: 8
Coconut Rice Pudding
  • 1 cup Arborio or short grain rice
  • 4.5 cups vanilla soy milk
  • 0.5 heavy cream
  • 0.5 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon and more for sprinkling on top
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 fl oz Orange liquor
  • 0.3 cup coconut flakes
  • Pinch of salt
Warm Cherries
  • 2 cup dark sour cherries
  • 1.5 cup juice from cherries
  • 1 tbsp cherry liquor or Orange liquor
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
Coconut Rice Pudding
  1. In a heavy bottom pot bring all ingredients to a simmer and stir frequently with a wooden spoon. Cook until rice is soft and most of the milk is absorbed.
Warm Dark Cherries
  1. Bring cherry juice and liquor to a boil. Add cornstarch and Stir. Add only so much cornstarch until juice is lightly thickened. Pour cherries in to juice and serve over coconut rice pudding.
It is important to use short grain rice or Arborio rice, since this rice is ideal to absorb the milk. It also becomes softer and taste just better than long grain rice. For the fruit you can use what ever you like, whether it’s can fruit or fresh. Everyone has their favorite. I also like to use fruit cocktail or orange mandarins over the rice. Don’t forget to sprinkle the dish with cinnamon. I like my rice pudding to be more on the liquid side. Because I like to munch on it all day – it will set and will become more pudding like. Enjoy


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  1. I am so sorry to hear of all you lost as a result of the hurricane. We lost power for only 8 days so I can only imagine what it must have been like for 15 days. Mother Nature is indeed bigger than all of us. We too experienced the renewal of friendships, which I guess is a blessing in disguise. I’m sure this rice pudding provided some comfort during this tough time.
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    • Thank you Jeanette. Indeed Mother Nature is very powerful and I think we just have to respect her more by taking global warming more serious. However, that’s just my opinion.

  2. I am so sorry you had to go through that. I was in a major hurricane many years ago which hit Fiji, where I was living at the time. It was heartbreaking to see the damage. No power or heat is challenging. It would be interesting to hear how you coped. Rice pudding is such an old favourite with great memories attached and I love the addition of the cherries which would cut through some of the sweetness of the pudding. The orange liqueur in it sounds especially good.
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    • Thank you Suzanne,
      I don’t want to wish this kind of devastation to anyone. It becomes especially difficult when the temperatures drop below the freezing point. With no heat or hot water – life becomes stress-full even with the smallest tasks. Up to this day we haven’t gotten our heater and boiler installed, because of the high demand. But we’ll get there 🙂

      I love to work with liquors in desserts like this rice pudding, it just cuts through the sweetness and fat content. It also gives the food more depth.

  3. So glad to see you back writing again so soon after the devastation, Frank. Thank you for this delicious recipe, which I look forward to trying, and may your Thanksgiving holiday be truly blessed this year.

    • Thank you Karen,
      I wish you the same. I am not really back yet, but I try to write a few words here and there. I hope you like the recipe for the rice pudding.