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  1. theresa

    Oh, no. This is a very sad story indeed. I hate wasting food, but sometimes it can’t be avoided! I am sorry for your food aversion, because peppermint and orange are both such wonderful flavours. I may have to make a similar dessert. I’m picturing a parfait-style with pink and white layers…

  2. Fiona

    hehe Maybe I should skull some choclate essence to make me never want it again?

  3. Vaala ◪

    Hahaha! I do have to say though…candy cane rice pudding? I cannot say it is a concept that’s making me rush for the kitchen (more for the bathroom). But lets be honest here…your pictures make it look at least quite pretty so there is always an upside 🙂

  4. Monique@She's Going The Distance

    omg…. haha I’m sorry for laughing at this, but the image of you downing that made me chuckle 🙂 Kids are ridiculous. I did the same thing with my mom’s mint alcohol tonic water junk from France when I was 8-10ish. Bad times.

  5. Lauren

    Hahah. That is a great childhood story. An Anne Shirley-esque “scrape,” if you will.

    I must admit, “candy cane rice pudding” sounded doomed from the start. At least, when I imagined it as rice pudding with crushed candy canes in it! Your raspberry and mint sprig goal is much more palatable (in theory, I suppose!).

    Finally, that last pic is pretty great — very well composed. Even if it was icky.

  6. Lisa @ bakebikeblog

    Oh no indeed!!
    Although I do remember climbing the huge pile of tanbark and mulch that my Dad used to get delivered for our garden…..

  7. Kath Lockett

    I appreciate you showing us your failures as well as your successes.

    I’ve had so many cooking failures that are too numerous to mention but Candy Cane rice pudding is a new one to me.

  8. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Aww luv don’t worry, it happens to all of us! And I’m sure experimentation is how we got some of the yummiest foods we have today!

  9. Simply Life

    oh no! at least you have a great new story to share, right?! 🙂

  10. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    We are SO meant to be. What are my two most hated flavors in the world (with BBQ sauce/smokiness rounding out the top three)?:
    MINT and ORANGE.
    Marry me.

  11. lesley

    I saw a programme once & it said once you’ve had something that really disagrees with you, your brain remembers it ..forever!! Don’t worry Hannah you’re not alone x

  12. croquecamille

    It is possible to get over these things – I couldn’t eat raviolis (with any sauce) or garlic/olive oil sauce (with any pasta) for almost 15 years after I came down with a horrible stomach flu after eating such a meal. I highly doubt they were related, but that’s how my brain remembered it.

    I am quite glad, though, to discover the reason for your chocolate-orange aversion.

    And most importantly, was there any left? Did you ever bake the cookies? Or was it over after that?

  13. croquecamille

    p.s. Thank you for quoting from my favorite Dr. Seuss book ever!

  14. Hannah

    Theresa: If anyone could make it work, it’d be you! I *hated* throwing it out, but I honestly couldn’t stomach it!

    Fiona: That’s a HORRIBLE idea. HORRIBLE.

    Vaala: Aw, thanks!

    Monique: Where were our Fairy Godmothers when we needed them to tell us not to drink undrinkable liquids? 😛

    Lauren: If it’s Anne Shirley-esque, then I wouldn’t take it back even if I could 😀 And really thank you – I’m so aware of my lack of photography skills, so that means a lot!

    Lisa: Hurrah, I’m so glad someone else had tanbark experiences! 😀 Must be a Canberran thing!

    Kath: Teehee, I’m glad someone appreciates it! Did you ever try the tabasco cookies?

    Lorraine: Thanks 🙂 And exactly – I’m sure the first person to combine chocolate with peanut butter was experimenting, right?

    Simply Life: Yep, and that makes it almost worth it!

    Amber: My heart is yours. (If you like it then you shoulda put a ring on it…)

    Lesley: Stupid brain! 😀 But thanks 🙂

    Camille: Oh, it was absolutely over after that. I don’t think I even went near the science kit again! And yes, some tastes can be re-appreciated… I used to gag at ginger, but now I quite like it (except not in my chocolate, oddly enough).
    P.S. I’d do anything for you. 😛

  15. Louise

    Sorry to see a rice pudding failure. Was it just the mint flavouring? Mint isn’t one of my favourite flavourings either I must say. But if you put it in good chocolate I’ll eat it, not just cheap nasty mints. And I think you don’t like chocolate/orange combo because it’s awful. It doesn’t need any childhood traumas. It’s just yucky.

    I love rice pudding. I tried to make one before we went on holidays and it was a disaster too. I thought I’d be all clever and low GI and use that low GI rice- bad, bad, bad mistake. It so doesn’t work. Doesn’t ever cook. It took two hours was disgusting mush. Not the rice pudding of my mothers that I was trying to recreate it. The soy milk does work in rice pudding though- Mum used to use that for my grandad as he got onto it in the years before he died. I’m willing to give it a go again. I’ve heard that you can get hazelnut milk. I figure that would make a fantastic rice pudding. Of course I haven’t been able to find it in my Small Town yet, but shall keep perservering. Actually all I can think now is a Homeresque Rice Pudding. Hey my mother is visiting this week- if I haven’t infected her with the virulent form of plague that I’m now thankfully recovering from, I might get her to make us one tomorrow night. Woo HOO. Why not put the master to work, and watch and learn?

    1. whisperinggums

      Or, how about Rice Pudding with Rice Milk? Now there’s an idea!

      We have made rice pudding with soymilk here – and it’s worked a treat, as you say. I wonder if Hannah used a different brand to our usual one to end up with this colour?

      1. Louise

        I’ve never had rice milk, and I think I have a thing about it not being fit for human consumption as two ridiculous people fed their baby on it a few years ago and the baby died. I do realise that one batch of rice pudding doesn’t exactly equal a total diet for months, but still you know- That stuff killed a baby!

  16. Hannah

    Louise: I think recovering from the plague is justifiable cause for mother-made rice pudding! I think there were a few elements to my failure, including using long-grain rice, but it was the peppermint essence that made it unbearable for me. I believe I’ve had success with rice pudding before, though, so I’ll just have to get right back on the horse!

    1. Louise

      Mothers being what they are she was delighted to make me rice pudding to help aid my recovery! She used a recipe in the current masterchef magazine, and she was excited about that as she’d only ever done baked rice pudding before and not a stove top one. AND she got to play with sushi rice (it worked really well- but it does soak up a lot of liquid and you would need to use more than the recipe quantities) and that vanilla paste stuff. So it was really a favour to her that she got to make it for me. I finished it off for breakfast this morning actually, and feel my recovery is now complete.

      1. Hannah

        Mutually-beneficial rice pudding makerage – I like it! And with the rice milk thing… I’m guessing they fed the baby little else *but* rice milk? I used to drink it and quite liked it, but switched back to soy because rice milk has almost no protein, and I was told to stick with the protein option.

      2. Louise

        Yes it was the no protein that was a problem with rice milk as a baby food (and it was a baby from memory, less than 12 months old when it died), and they were using it as the sole dietary intake. Poor little tyke.

  17. Johanna GGG

    If only you liked chocolate desserts I could direct you to an excellent chocolate rice pudding recipe (vegan and all) which would mask the colour of the soy milk!

    I wish I had had one of your science kits – sounds just my sort of learning (though not the drinking the essence straight – sounds horrible).

    And you have planted the idea of raspberries in rice pudding in my mind – it sounds excellent – swirled, not stirred!

  18. Hannah

    Johanna: You know what? Chocolate rice pudding doesn’t sound half bad. In fact, I’ve often thought of making it myself, so your recipe? Lead on, Macduff! And I do think a raspberry rice pudding could work. Just leave out the peppermint essence!

  19. Johanna GGG

    The chocolate rice pudding I made is here – it was really good with just some cocoa and cashew nut butter – mmm -oops just saw I used milk and cream instead of soy milk but the original recipe was for soy milk – worth a try – maybe if you can find dried rasbperries they would be great in this – don’t know about fresh!

  20. Hannah

    By “here”, do you mean somewhere on your blog? *confused face* It sounds good!!

  21. Agnes

    I love that you disregarded instructions and just drank down the essential oils. But my dear, what was wrong with you – to think that you didn’t need cookies? COOKIES, HANNAH COOKIES. I hope that you learnt your lesson from that day onwards – you ALWAYS need cookies!

  22. Hannah

    Agnes: I am the poster child for ‘what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’, except in my case it’s ‘what doesn’t kill you makes you aware of the fact that you ALWAYS need cookies’.

  23. Conor @ HoldtheBeef

    Those bark shavings can be nasty if you come to grief on them (and really, how could you not come to grief on them when playing in a massive pile of them) – a lovely combination of scrapes and splinters.

    Still, scrapes and splinters can be easily fixed. Lifelong aversions to mint and orange? Not so much.

    I am afraid to think of what you got up to in the chem labs at school.

  24. Hannah

    Conor: Mint and orange will break my bones, but splinters will never hurt me? I don’t remember any negative physical effects from the tanbark playage… but I do remember getting yelled at by my dad for ruining the neat pile.

    And sadly, the extent of excitement in high school chem was me trying to figure out excuses to leave early. Not a hands-on science fan. Even when we made honeycomb, it tasted off. Hmph.

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