In a week, I will be basking in the humidity that is summer in Chicago. Right now though, I’m thoroughly enjoying our Southern California “June Gloom.” If you are not familiar with June Gloom, it’s a condition where it’s cool and cloudy in the mornings, then the clouds burn off and things start to heat up. It’s not humid, just a bit gloomy in the mornings during June, hence the term. I’m looking forward to Chicago, not because of the humidity (my hair will look like a very fuzzy tennis ball!) but because I’ve never been there AND I will be attending the blogging conference “Eat, Write, Retreat” for the first time!
One of the sponsors for Eat, Write, Retreat is Golden Door Spa! They are located right here in Southern California! Basically, I’ll be going across the country to meet new friends who live just down the street. Crazy, right? I’m so excited though! They were so generous to send us samples of their products to taste and then experiment with some dishes of our own! Here’s what they sent:
So much deliciousness in one box! I’ve been enjoying that Blood Orange Marmalade on toast, and we really liked the Moroccan Harari Soup too! All the products are All Natural. Everything is Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free with no artificial sweeteners and no preservatives! Plus, 100% of their profits go back to select charities dedicated to helping the lives of children across the country. So, not only is their food healthy and good for your body, it helps needy children right here in the USA. That’s a win-win!
The one item that intrigued me most, was the Zen Meditation Rice Medley. It has Organic brown Basmati rice, organic wild black rice (Forbidden Rice) organic toasted black sesame seeds, organic dried crushed banana chips, organic Madras curry powder, organic crushed fennel seeds, organic star anise, organic ginger powder, Himalayan pink salt and dried lemon peel. Are you seeing a theme with the ORGANIC ingredients? I love that! The rice and banana chip combination were calling out to me to make rice pudding. Not just any rice pudding either, but a Zen Meditation Breakfast Rice Pudding!
It was very simple to make! Instead of water, I substituted Coconut Milk, added a little bit of sugar, a cinnamon stick and nutmeg!
I had some dried mango slices in the pantry, so I tossed those in too, to give it more of that tropical feel!
After everything was mixed together, I brought it to a simmer, covered it tightly and let it cook over a very low flame for 25 minutes. I did take the cover off and stir the rice every 5 minutes. Because of the milk and sugar, I wanted to be sure it didn’t burn and ensure it wouldn’t dry out completely too! It is a breakfast pudding after all!
It came out very well! It’s a filling breakfast, that reminded me of being on a tropical island, enjoying a quiet morning meditating and taking care of myself!
Speaking of taking care of yourself, if you’re looking for a great spa retreat, check out this video of the grounds at the Golden Door Spa! Golden Door Spa Video Looks pretty tranquil right? I’m up for a trip! Who else is with me?