Rice pudding a family favourite

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Diana Steven loves a good pudding.
Mrs Steven said that when she was a child, her mother would make her and her four other siblings pudding every night.
‘‘She was a farmer’s wife and we had milk puddings, so I often have a hankering for rice pudding.’’
However, fond memories of delectable desserts as a child are not easy for the Timaru mother to recreate as she has coeliac disease, meaning she is unable to eat gluten — found in wheat, barley, rye and oats.
‘‘I was diagnosed with coeliacs 15 years ago,’’ she said.
‘‘I was up in Wellington about seven years ago and went out to a cute cafe for breakfast.’’
That cafe, Little Peckish Cafe, had a menu that Mrs Steven discovered had a gluten-free rice pudding option.
‘‘Sometimes, being glutenfree, you get sick of the egg option, so when I saw the gluten-free rice pudding, I got very excited.’’
After enjoying the rice pudding, Mrs Steven said she got excited and spoke to the chef.
‘‘I said, ‘That’s the best rice pudding I’ve ever had’. He gave me the recipe.’’
Since then Mrs Steven has made the pudding many times and it has become a family favourite.
‘‘When I asked the children for my signature dish, they said this rice pudding.
‘‘I have given the recipe out so many times, too.’’
The dish was versatile as it could be served hot or cold, and made a quick and easy breakfast, she said.
‘‘I love it with blueberries, cinnamon and bananas.
‘‘The kids take it in their school lunches, too.’’
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