Gutsy Cooks Club.
...and on to the cooking...
This month the club will be cooking with rice. Oh, glorious rice. I have had a long and ever changing relationship with rice. From the boring, to the exotic, I have come to love this simple staple. After living in Japan I gained confidence in using rice as a base, a side, pounded or grilled and have come to love all the variations and flavors it comes in.
Monica did an amazing job of putting together a list of rice recipes. This week the theme is "Unusual and Out of the Box Use of Rice". I chose horchata.
I know, not a difficult recipe to start out my club membership, but I have tried making horchata before. It was a more complex recipe that left me feeling blah. It was good, but not great and required so much work that I don't know if I would want to do it again. My husband loves horchata, so I wouldn't mind finding a great recipe for it.
David Lebovitz's Horchata recipe is simple, delicious and just what I was looking for! Check his site for the exact recipe.
First it starts with the rice...
Just a small amount of rice, pulverized up into a coarse meal. Now, that is what I call out of the box rice usage.
Whiring it up in my blender there was a fine rice dust seeping through the cracks in the lid. I highly suggest using a towel to cover things.
I would say if Blendtec says it can grind up a hockey puck, it can definitely do a number on some measly grains of rice.
Then comes the water to cover the rice. I soaked my rice with a cinnamon stick overnight.
Put it through a few layers of cheesecloth to filter out those bits of rice...
Add the sugar and rice milk, then pour over ice with a dusting of cinnamon and enjoy!