Wikipedia defines afternoon tea as a light meal typically eaten between 3 and 5 o'clock. It is a term that was first introduced to us when we arrived Australia many years ago. BUT Filipinos are definitely no strangers to afternoon tea...or morning tea...or evening tea...for that matter. We actually snack all the time. And it's not necessarily a light meal at that.
The following recipe is for a typical afternoon tea 'meal' for us. I wouldn't consider it light because it has rice, coconut milk and corn. Pretty heavy on the tummy actually and not for the calorie-conscious but what the heck...my kids love it and it's good to indulge once in a while. My daughter, in particular, requests this constantly. And so, to cut the long story short, we had this for afternoon tea yesterday. I don't know if the photo below looks appealing enough, but I can assure you, you'll have a lovely time snacking...the Filipino way!
Rice Porridge with Corn (Guinataang Mais)
1 cup glutinous rice
1 can coconut cream (approx 2 cups)
3 cups water
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 425 can sweet corn kernels
In a medium saucepan, combine rice, coconut cream and water. Bring to a boil, then mix in sugar and salt. Simmer until rice is soft and mixture is thick. Mix once in a while to prevent rice from sticking to the bottom of the pan. Pour in contents of corn kernel can, including the liquid. Mix and return to boiling. Simmer for an additional minute.
Serve while hot. Enjoy!