I love rice, I try not to eat too much of it at home in Australia….where I am carb conscious …. but there are certain places in the world that you would not dream of skipping it.
Italy for example……..or when in Asia it just feels right , breakfast lunch and dinner.
There were times when I was in the Cambodian jungle that I prayed I could be eating rice. The jungle is green and dense and full crawling, flying, jumping creatures. If the bugs don’t get you the almost 100% humidity will. You feel tired just putting one foot in front of the other. While you are swatting mosquitoes and sweating, you can only dream of sitting in the shade and eating some fluffy rice.
The Elephant Valley Project is in Mondulkiri, a northern province in Cambodia. Here a motley crew of Elephants are living a well deserved life of luxury. After surviving lives of incredible work loads farming and lifting and sometimes being used to carry tourists in painful heavy baskets, they are resting. Some have been tortured and beaten but now spend their days foraging in the jungle, safe and protected. Elephants eat alot; and did you know they are vegetarians? Here they wander the forest uprooting trees and foraging for juicy bits of greenery and sometimes they feel the need to raid local farms that have delicious crops growing, causing all kinds of trouble.
Here at the EVP in Cambodia, they are regularly offered Banana palms as a morning treat. These need to be hacked into large chunks before they are shared amongst the herd. They grow on hilly slopes in the sun while the Elephants like to wait in the shade down by the river. I did say banana palms, the whole tree, yes. Going down a slope generally means you have to go back up. It is incredibly tiring slow work. Food here tastes extra amazing for humans that have been feeding elephants!
There were days that we joked about the lunch hooter going off………PRAYED for the lunch hooter.
This below is a picture Soki, our smiling lovely Cambodian Cook who seemed to understand our hunger!
This is an original recipe that I came up Chocolate Leftover Rice Cake (not that there was any leftover rice at our meals in Cambodia) at home when you are less starved, there is sometimes left over rice. Jasmine or long grain is best as it is wetter (than basmati)
Give these a try…..I included a layer of salted caramel that you can get a recipe for here (makes a takeaway container, be prepared to use it on other things).
Chocolate Leftover Rice Cake
- 250 gm cooked rice ( nice and moist )
- 250 gm caster sugar
- 1 Tablespoon golden syrup
- 6 eggs
- 200 gm almond meal
- 50 gm cocoa
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 150 gm dark chocolate
- 150 ml of heavy or thickened cream
- You will need 23 cm ( 10") cake tin and set the oven at 180C (350 F) deg for 15-20 minutes.
- Put the rice and sugar into the food processor and buzz till smooth.
- Add the eggs, vanilla, almond meal, cocoa powder and baking powder .
- Puree till combined.
- Pour into cupcake papers ¾ full, or into a 23 cm ( 10") cake tin and bake at 180 C(350 F) deg for 15-20 minutes for cupcakes and 40-45 minutes for a 23 cm. A skewer should come out clean when the cake is tested.
- Heat the cream in a jug or a sauce pan till warm but not boiling. Take off the heat and add the chocolate . Stir till melted. Cool . Beat in an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Pipe or spread onto the cakes.
- I spread a layer of salted caramel on the cake before ganaching it.
Chocolate Leftover Rice Cake seen first on My Kitchen Stories
Visit : Elephant Valley Project