Month: October 2008

Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin Seeds

Our season just passed yesterday with kids all dressed up, saying nothing, but wanting my candy. Where did these kids learn that by not saying Trick or Treat, will only get you a stare by me? Seriously kids, candy is just not given out freely…

Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed peppers have been on my mind for some time now. I am not sure why, probably because I was reminiscing on the days when my mom would make stuffed peppers. These are truly delicious, easy to make, and packed full of flavors. My recent…

Horchata

Horchata

Every time I go to eat at a Mexican restaurant, my drink order is always horchata. If you have never had horchata, you must try it, either at your local Mexican restaurant (probably need the real deal, not your Americanized Mexican eatery), or better yet, make your own. Not too long back, I found a powder mixture of horchata at my local grocery store, followed the directions by adding water, and trust me, the taste was horrible and it was not horchata! As I recently had tacos al pastor on my mind, I decided to make homemade horchata, and it was not only incredibly easy, but it was spot on.

Horchata
Horchata

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of uncooked long grain rice
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds, roughly chopped
  • water to cover the solids
  • 2 sticks of cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup of sugar (more if you want it sweeter)
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 12 oz can of evaporated milk
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1 liter of water
  • ice

To a bowl, add the rice, cinnamon sticks, and almonds. Fill with water, cover, and let this sit out for at least 6 hours, but overnight is better to soften the rice, and cinnamon, and almonds.

The next day, strain the water, and reserve the solids. Add the rice, almonds and cinnamon to a blender. Add in the vanilla, sugar, evaporated milk, and milk. Blend for about 3-5 minutes. You want to break down everything.

Next, strain with a fine mesh strainer into a pitcher, mashing down the solids. Discard the solids, reserving all of the liquid. Add the water, give a good stir, and place in the refrigerator to chill, or pour immediately over ice.

Now, let me state how delicious this drink is. It is sweet, but not too sweet, creamy, and the flavors of cinnamon and vanilla are spot on. If you have never had horchata, go for it. It’s a drink of pure joy.

Frog Legs

Frog Legs

First thought to everyones mind is probably “Tastes like chicken”. Well, for the most part that thought is correct. Frog legs do have the texture of chicken, very similar to the chicken wing, but has a slight fishy taste as well. So you get the…

Pozole

Pozole

I am giving my hats off to an old colleague of mine for sending a tweet about this dish some time ago. Now I have heard and seen of pozole in the past, but never really tried it. As I often frequent El Rey, I…