Afternoon tea with my mum and Rice Dream


It is rare that I get to sit down for a cup of tea with my mum.  For all sorts of logistical reasons and also because a cup of tea is something my mum rarely enjoys these days.  Not since she gave up dairy a few years ago.    A kinesiologist has suggested that some health issues she had been having might be related to dairy and could well alleviated if she cut dairy from her diet.

So she did.  And they were.

And whilst there are a whole host of alternatives for things like cheese or butter, a decent milk that didn’t flavour the tea at the same time proved a bit elusive.   Until we were asked to try out Rice Dream that is.  And were ashamed to learn it has actually been around for 30 years, making it the original rice drink.   Not only is it free from dairy and lactose, but also soy, gluten, wheat and nut.  Unlike many other dairy alternatives.

With all that in mind I invited my mum to come over so we could have a good old catch up over a cuppa.


The first cup of tea with milk my mum had enjoyed in over ten years.   Cups of tea have either been black up to this point, or fruit based and there are times when you really just can’t beat a cuppa.   It was a revelation for both of us to be honest and led us to discussing all the other things we could do with it, beyond just having a cuppa.  All the things that my mum has foregone for a decade.  Like bread and butter pudding. Or rice pudding.

Mmmm rice pudding.  Have you ever done rice pudding in a slow cooker?  It is amazing.  This is the recipe I use, and it works a treat with Rice Dream.

Slow Cooker Rice Pudding
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A delicious rice pudding, made in the slow cooker
Recipe type: Easy
Cuisine: Dessert
Serves: 4
  • 110g pudding rice
  • 25g caster sugar
  • 25g dairy free butter alternative
  • 1.2L Rice Dream
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  1. Smear a piece of grease proof paper with some of the "butter" and grease the inside of the slow cooker bowl
  2. Add all ingredients to slow cooker and stir well
  3. Close lid and cook on high for four hours
  4. Stir and serve

 I am so taken with it that I am thinking of ditching milk for us and using this all the time too and I never thought  I would say that as I love milk!  I used to drink it straight from the milk bottle as a child!

Why not give it a go?   Rice Dream are so confident that you will love it too that they are offering 120,000 people the chance to get their money back if they buy it and don’t love it (info on the packs).

What are you waiting for?!

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