International Tea Time

Sponsored by the Kuwaiti Student Club and the International Student and Scholar Services, the International Tea Time offered the Mines community middle eastern cuisine on Wednesday. The event featured home-made Kuwaiti food and snacks cooked by the KSC.

Among the ethnic food offered, guests were treated to bamin, a snack made of flour and sugar that is similar to the American donut. Bamin are similar to the donut in texture but are smaller and sweeter than the American counterpart and is sometimes filled with saffron.

Also available was shir berenj, a popular rice pudding. This dessert dish is mainly made from milk, rice, and sugar. Other dishes included saffron cake, cinnamon sugar dips in tea, and tea by itself.

The following is a recipe for traditional shir berenj that everyone is sure to love. For this recipe you will need a pot, access to a stove, a measuring device, and the following ingredients.

1-quart milk
1-teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup of rice
1/2 cup of cream or evaporated milk
1/3 cup of sugar
1/2 teaspoon of salt
Nutmeg or cinnamon (to add taste)

Directions: Slowly heat milk. Add rice, sugar, and salt and cook over low heat for forty-five minutes, stirring occasionally. Add vanilla and cream or evaporated milk. Then let cool and sprinkle with nutmeg or cinnamon to taste.

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