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Tapioca for oral surgery patient

efdee Aug 12, 2006 02:39 PM

I feel your pain, Macca and am making notes on your thread. My husband is going to have oral surgery next week and has requested tapioca pudding so: is tapioca pudding hard to make? what do I need to make it and where can I buy tapioca pearls in NYC?

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    rtmonty RE: efdee Aug 12, 2006 03:26 PM

    You can buy a box of tapioca (the small kind) and whip it up in a matter of minutes, very simple.

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      macca RE: rtmonty Aug 12, 2006 05:26 PM

      Love tapioca- but if you buy a box and make is from "scratch" just be advised you will have a TON of tapioca.

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        Querencia RE: rtmonty Aug 13, 2006 04:34 AM

        I make tapioca pudding every week for a husband who has some medical problems and will eat this when he won't eat anything else. Use Minute Tapioca, NOT pearl. Mix 1/4 cup sugar, 6 tablespoons Minute Tapioca, 3 egg yolks, and 4 cups milk. Bring this to a full rolling boil, stirring fairly often. While it is very hot pour all of it over 3 egg whites that you have beaten stiff with 1/4 cup sugar. The heat of the custard cooks the egg whites (whip it together with a whisk). After it has cooled a little, add 2 tsp vanilla. This will make a tapioca pudding that 1) is fluffy 2) is nourishing, with the 3 eggs in it and 3) is not too sweet so you can vary it with sugared and sweetened peaches or strawberries or a glub of liqueur. Whipped cream or even Redi-Whip is a nice addition.

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        cheryl_h RE: efdee Aug 12, 2006 03:36 PM

        I buy tapioca from Asian grocery stores. Sorry I'm not in NYC so can't suggest a name. One simple recipe for tapioca pudding is by Alton Brown. Here's the link:

        http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recip...

        If you scroll down you'll see other pudding recipes from the same episode. One of them might interest your husband.

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          jmnewel RE: efdee Aug 12, 2006 07:18 PM

          You can buy a small box of Minute Tapioca. The recipe is on the back of the box. Not at all difficult. You will have enough tapioca to make it several times.

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            Dorothy RE: efdee Aug 13, 2006 02:21 AM

            Actually, Minute Tapioca is probably what your husband is thinking of. The "pearls" are broken into small pieces -- about the size of tabouli, as I recall -- so they cook faster than pearl tapioca. The end product also is smoother/less chewy than cooked pearl tapioca, so it should be ideal for your patient.

            You should be able to pick it up at your local grocery store. The directions are on the box.

            1. efdee RE: efdee Aug 13, 2006 01:55 PM

              As usual, I am incredibly grateful for the thoughtful information I get from these boards. Thanks, everyone, for your help.

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                m de p RE: efdee Aug 13, 2006 06:30 PM

                I make both kinds of tapioca - pearl and minute. You can get the pearl tapioca at Fairway (I know for sure at the Harlem branch, and probably the UWS branch as well). The minute tapioca, as others have said, should be available at any chain grocery store here in the city.

                BTW, I eat my tapioca with a strawberry rhubarb sauce, which really makes it for me: 1/2 cup chopped rhubarb, 1/4 cup sugar, pint of strawberries quartered, couple of teaspoons of fresh OJ. Bring to a boil, then simmer until the fruit has broken down and it has thickened. YUM!

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