Festive Rice Pudding
Pound rice in a mortar until fine and powdery. Pound spices separately. Mix rice with two cups water. Add sugar, caraway and anise. Add it to the remaining six cups of water, which should be boiling. Add ginger. Boil, stirring occasionally, until mixture coats the spoon. About an hour of cooking, at least, is required. Pour into individual serving dishes. Decorate with blanched almonds, walnuts, pine nuts, pistachios and coconut. Makes about 15 portions.