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02 April 2011

Blue Rice Balls With Frutti di Bosco (Mixed Berries)

What started as an April Fool's Day joke for my son became a dessert.  Since he has this dislike of artificially colored food, especially blue, I thought I would make him some blue rice since he recently requested for a dinner of rice, eggs & ketchup.   At the last minute, I incorporated some sugar to the rice and thought of making sweet rice balls topped with frutti di bosco or mixed berries.   I still have the leftover pack in the freezer that I used for making ice cream toppings.   I knew he wasn't going to eat it anyway so I adapted it to my taste.  At least it won't go to waste.  I was also hesitant to include the blue rice in his dinner plate because he has this strange fixation that his food can get contaminated by the "blue thing".  The last time I made a salmon plate for him with some blue gel to make it colorful, he was horrified that his salmon & bread were touching the unidentified blue objects in his plate.

I find it strange, because when I was a kid, I used to eat a lot of blue bubblegum ice cream.  My friends and I, like the rest of the kid population were crazy about it.  The ice cream itself wasn't so much to speak about but the color was bright blue, just like these rice balls.  Like a child again, I had a plateful to feed my blue food predilection all over again.

Blue Rice Balls With Frutti di Bosco (Mixed Berries)

Makes 8 - 10 bite-size balls
  • 1/2 cup Arborio rice or anything similar
  • 1 cup water (+ 1 tablespoon)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Lemon
  • Blue natural food coloring
  • 3 tablespoons frutti di bosco (a mixture of blackberries, raspberries, blueberries and the like)
  1. Over high heat, in a small pot, bring to a boil the rice mixed with 1 cup of water, 1 tablespoon of sugar & food coloring.   
  2. When it boils, put down the fire to low, cover partially, then cook for about 15 minutes or until rice is fully cooked.  Move it once in a while to avoid sticking to the pot & burning.  Maintain an almost creamy consistency.  
  3. Transfer to a bowl and let it cool.   Make the balls when the temperature is okay to handle.
  4. To make the sauce, combine the frutti di bosco with a tablespoon of water, a tablespoon of sugar and a quick squeeze of a lemon.  Boil until it becomes thick.