Ecuadorian Sweet Rice

      I just playing “Chicken,” with Tiko, my pup,  with his chicken toy while gardening. I put down three cobs of corn, then when I came back, there were two cobs of corn and a chicken (toy) too! I said, “I guess you’re saying you want chicken and corn for dinner?” Such a cutie! Tiko’s a gigantic German Shepherd, ” Pastor Alemande,” bigger than his mom and his dad at 8 months old!

Recipe of the Day – Ecuadorian Sweet Rice

1 1/2 c. brown rice

2 c.  coconut milk

1 1/4 c. water

2 tsp. powdered stevia or more to taste

1 c. shredded coconut, or to taste (coco rallado)

1 tsp. Ecuadorian cinnamon (canela)

options: 1/4 c. carob powder, cacao powder, almond milk, raisins or dates

  • Directions:

    1. Stir rice, coconut milk, and water together in a saucepan. Dissolve stevia into the liquid.
    2. Bring the mixture to a boil, simmer, reduce heat to low, place a cover on the saucepan, and simmer until the majority of the liquid has been absorbed by the rice, 45 minutes. Leaving saucepan on the burner, turn heat off and let rice steam until sticky, about 5 to 10 minutes more. Stir in shredded coconut and sprinkle with Ecuadorian cinnamon.
    3. Also enjoy cold the next day with chilled almond or coconut milk for breakfast or dessert!
    4. Word of the Day – coco rallado – shredded coconut

Tip of the Day – It seems the be the mainstream here to let your dogs run, stay outside, never be chained up or locked up, for the most part.  Go with the culture, you are a guest, but do be aware these dogs protect their houses and their masters. I think that’s why the  workers encouraged me to get a dog so fast. Over and over they suggested it, saying, “I’ll bring you one, Dorothy. What kind do you want?” Until I caved in. A big german shepherd is a huge deterrent to unwanted visitors. And I think, walking the neighborhood daily with Tiko keeps me protected and has given me some respect. My neighbors are THE BEST, by the way.

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