I have found a recipe that my mom of 91 years loves to eat before she goes to sleep each night. While she is visiting for the winter, I make her a homemade tapioca pudding that never fails. She loves the extra flavor that fills the kitchen. She can smell it cooking while napping too!
Here is the simple recipe for my tapioca pudding:
2 cups whole milk (I need her to gain a bit of weight or at least to stop losing weight)
3 T Minute Tapioca
Let the above stand for 5 minutes in the saucepan that it will cook in and then add:
One well beaten whole egg to the mixture of the three items above (the pudding works without the addition of the egg but I feel she needs the egg in the pudding and it gives it a richer texture and color).
Next, gently stir well until the egg and milk are mixed. Once mixed, begin cooking over medium heat, watching the pudding until it continues to boil even when stirring.
After it has been at a full boil add:
1 t real Vanilla extract
Nutmeg -- use a nutmeg grater to grate nutmeg and add to mixture
Pour into serving bowls, I use two large or three small bowls.
Garnish with a bit more freshly grated nutmeg (optional).
The freshly grated pudding adds a holiday flavor to the pudding and the smells in the kitchen.
My mother enjoys eating the pudding hot and it continues to solidify if it cools. My mother had never eaten warm pudding until I made this recipe for her. In the winter months, if the pudding has been refrigerated she asks me to microwave it so that it is warm.
For fun I asked my youngest sister who uses canned nutmeg everyday, what spice I was grating and she could not guess. She was surprised at the wonderful aroma of fresh nutmeg that includes many flavors from lemon to spice!