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Throwback making rice pudding in your kot

On Wednesday 27 May 2020, Marijn Kin of Brasserie De Post awaited our presenter Antar Latifine at his brasserie to teach him how to make a typical Flemish dish, namely rice pudding.


Antar: "My kitchen skills are zero. So Marijn had to help me remove the seeds from the vanilla beans. But I really excelled at stirring! Usually I prepare easy kot food. My friends always laugh at me and call me the pasta pesto man. Every time I go somewhere, I always suggest making pasta pesto… But essentially this means chucking some pasta in boiling water and popping open a jar of Albert Heijn pesto. It’s delicious and it always works!

Marijn: "I went to catering school and I learned to cook but I don’t usually work in the kitchen of De Post. You can always find me front of house. I do cook for my girlfriend quite often, usually healthy fare. With this BBQ weather, you can regularly find me at my grill. I also have a lot of cookbooks and I follow people on Instagram like LekkerFred or Jamie van Heije, which I find quite inspiring.”

Antar: "It was my first time ever cooking in a professional kitchen. I had already done some presentation work at UA got talent, which I really enjoyed. I wanted to do it again so you can imagine how happy I was when they called! I do lives on my personal Instagram account now and then but hosting your own livestream is much more fun. I’m not the best cook, but I thought, if something goes wrong, at least it will be funny.”

Marijn: "In the beginning I was a little bit nervous. I hadn’t done anything like it ever before. But in the end, I thought that it was quite cool to do."

Antar: "My favourite moment? The dancing, of course. I was a dancer at Studio 100 before COVID-19 so I was quite happy to hear K3 again and dance to it. I hope that I can soon head back to the terrace of De Post again. I’d like to do some dancing there too."

Marijn: "You’re more than welcome! You can find us in Groenplaats. Our staff will roll out the red carpet for you. And you can sample our Flemish classics, like chicken vol-au-vent, beef stew, meatballs in tomato sauce... We make everything in-house ourselves, and of course everything is always fresh and tasty! And after tonight, I think we should definitely add rice pudding to the menu."

Want to make rice pudding yourself? Follow the recipe below:

Ingredients:

- 150 g sugar

- 1.5 l whole milk

- 150 g pudding rice

- 1 vanilla bean

- brown sugar

- a pinch of saffron

- a golden spoon 😉

Recipe

1. Weigh the right amount of rice and sugar and combine it in a small saucepan.

2. Add the milk to the rice and the sugar. Bring it to the boil over low heat.

3. Slice the vanilla bean down the middle and scrape the seeds from the pod. Add it to the mixture.

4. Add the saffron.

5. Stir gently until the rice is done.

This article was written for fromyourkot.be, an online platform that was created in times of corona at the request of the University of Antwerp.

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