Sandy – I’ll never forget you

I have to admit I have seen better days. Hurricane 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 another. 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 lives. Of course, anyone stays behind has bragging rights?! But is it worth the risk?

Houses burned down and the 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 memories such as childhood pictures floating away is heart ranching.

The good, the bad and the ugly

Hey, life goes on, but why should I burden you with my worries. Everyone got their own problems. However, there is a good side to this. Communities come together and help each other.  We all got a little closer – the good, the bad and the ugly 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 candlelight dinners made our day a little sweeter.

Coconut Rice Pudding with Warm Dark Cherries

Coconut rice pudding is comfort food for me. This very simple rice pudding, which cooked with vanilla soy milk, is topped with warm dark cherries. You can serve it with any fruit you like, I find rice pudding taste just great with any fruits, canned or fresh. Try it with warm blueberries or raspberries.

 

Coconut Rice Pudding with Cherries & Cinnamom

Update: Hurricane Sandy is long gone but never forgotten. We have moved on, repaired and renovated what got destroyed. I actually must say this hurricane was a blessing in guise. However, not for everyone. We were able to repair our house to state better than it was before.

I have transitioned to a vegan lifestyle, that I really enjoy. Gone are the meat and dairy days. I have decided to change my blog and theme in the near future to Live of a vegan chef. Being a chef has given me ample opportunities to inspire my guests to eat healthy. I think it’s time to adapt this opportunity to inspire others to a vegan lifestyle that offers elegant vegan meals and a path to wellness.

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Coconut Milk Rice
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
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Courses Dessert
Cuisines German
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Warm Cherries
Votes: 0
Rating: 0
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Rate this recipe!
Instructions
Coconut Milk Rice
  1. On medium to high heat bring soy milk to a simmer.
  2. Add rice, sugar, salt, vanilla bean and coconut milk.
  3. Lower the temperature to medium to low and stir frequently with a wooden spoon. Cook rice until soft. The milk rice should now be semi thick.
Cherry sauce
  1. Bring cherry juice, sugar, orange peel and liquor to a boil.
  2. Mix water with cornstarch to a smooth slurry without clumps.
  3. Pour the cornstarch slurry into boiling cherry juice. Stir and keep simmering for another 1-2 minutes.
  4. Serve cherry sauce over coconut rice pudding or as a side dish. Sprinkle with coconut flakes. Enjoy
Recipe Notes

It is important to use short grain rice or Arborio rice since this rice is ideal to absorb the soy milk. It also becomes softer and tastes just better than long grain rice. This is the reason why risotto is cooked with arborio rice.

If you are not a cherry fan feel free to use whatever you fruit you like, whether it's canned or fresh fruit. Everyone has their favorite. I also like to use fruit cocktail or orange mandarins over the coconut rice.

Don't forget to sprinkle a dash of cinnamon over the coconut milk rice. I like my rice pudding to be more on the liquid side. Enjoy

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