Turkish Rice Pudding or Sakızlı Fırın Sütlaç

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I honestly do not know how to explain this pudding if you’ve never had it before. It is a rice pudding basically although it is still nothing like rice pudding you might be familiar with. On top of that, it is not traditional sütlaç either. It has been one of my husband’s favourite desserts. Every time I cook Turkish for guests, this is the dessert I serve because he asks for it. Well, I hope you enjoy it as much as my husband does.

Recipe Notes:
I use a kind of gum (damla sakızı) in this; not for binding but to add flavour. That’s what gives this pudding its unique flavour. If you can’t get the Turkish ones, use the Greek variety although the Greek one doesn’t melt well; it needs to be crushed (you could use mortar and pestle however, line your mortar with cling film first).

Ingredients:
4 cups full-fat milk
½ cup medium-grain white rice, washed and drained
¾ cup castor sugar
1 tbsp corn flour
3 egg yolks (one separated)
1 tsp sugar vanilla
2 pieces damla sakızı

Method:
• Cook rice in a small pot with enough water.
• Meanwhile, place milk and sugar in a large pot and heat.
• When rice is done, drain and add to the pot of milk and sugar –it should be boiling at this stage. Add damla sakızı and make sure it melts.
• Mix corn flour with cold water. Add 2 egg yolks and whisk well with a fork. This will need to be added gradually in very small batches to the milky mixture. Cook for 2 minutes.
• Just before you remove the pot from heat, add sugar vanilla.
• Put aside 1 ladle of the pudding mixture making sure that you have more liquid and no rice. Add the remaining egg yolk to it and mix well.
• Pour the pudding into 4 heatproof ramekins and cool.
• Once you have a crusty layer formed, thinly cover the surface with egg yolk and pudding mixture.
• Place the ramekins under the grill and burn the top.
• Serve chilled.

Vegan Pepper Steak

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This is the classic pepper steak recipe veganised by me. Although I used Viana Cowgirl Veggie Steaks here, the pepper sauce goes nicely with Lamyong Vegetarian Chicken too. The recipe below serves 2.

Serving suggestions:
Mashed potatoes
Salad
Roast potatoes
Peas
Steamed vegetables

Ingredients:
2 pieces Viana Cowgirl Veggie Steaks
Vegetable oil for frying the steaks

For the sauce:
1 tbsp light olive oil
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
150ml vegan mushroom stock
2 tsp green peppercorns in brine, drained
1 tsp Dijon mustard
3 tbs (1/4 cup) soy cream

Method:
• Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan and cook the steaks according to packet instructions. Set aside and keep warm.
• Add the vinegar and light olive oil to the pan and heat gently.
• Reduce heat to medium, add the peppercorns, and then whisk in the mustard and soy cream. Continue to simmer for until the sauce is slightly thickened which doesn’t take long with soy cream.
• Spoon the sauce over sauce veggie steaks and serve immediately.