Vegan Sour Tamales – Corn At Its Best!
The usual thing with tamal dough is to chill it, something which greatly helps it pass the float-test, a sure sign that the end result will be light and fluffy. Sour tamales, on the contrary, are allowed to rest in warm place to ferment.
Nixtamalization, or lime-treatment of corn has great nutritional benefits. The alkaline lime (calcium hydroxide) breaks down the indigestible outer husk releasing essential amino acids and vitamins. Enter fermentation to fully open the door to nutrients not otherwise available. This is maize at its very best. Continue reading “Vegan Sour Tamales – With Pumpkin-Seed, Tomatillo & Courgette Filling”
Polenta-based pizza is nothing new. And quite delicious, though many would argue whether it’s a pizza at all. The question seems to me academic. What is not academic is that nixtamal or lime-treated corn is not polenta! Nixtamalized corn has more protein, more vitamins – especially vit B3 (niacin), essentially unavailable in untreated corn – and of course exrtra calcium from the lime. It also has a more intense flavour – the flavour of maize. Continue reading “Pizza Tamalera: Gluten-Free Maize Crust Pizza”
The world knows salsa ranchera. That spicy tomato-jalapeño classic turning plain old eggs into huevos rancheros. Usually eaten at breakfast I’m equally happy to start, sustain or finish my day with this light but satisfying dish.
Ubiquitous in Mexico, caldillo is conspicouly absent in Europe. We introduce it here as a topping for pizza tamalera, subject of our next post.
Caldo means broth, soup or stock. Caldillo is a tomato sauce incrporating a big pot of of your favourite broth which has been slowly added and simmered off. Caldillo is typically served with stuffed poblano chillies but is heavenly with just about any dish using tomato sauce. Continue reading “Mexican Tomato Sauces: Caldillo”
Getting tortillas right from raw ingredients took about 100 go’s. The process is labour intensive so Mexicans buy them ready-made or use masa-harina for instant results. Without the benefit of a personal tutor I had only trial-and-error to guide me. Of course I got there in the end!
Tamales are much easier. Mexican cooks make tamales, and I got that hands-on tutorial (thanks, Maria and Yolanda – you know who you are!). Continue reading “Basic Dough For Tamales”
The tamal is recorded at least as far back as 5000 BC. Tamales may have evolved from other nixtamal-based items, such as tortillas, out of the need for soldiers and warriors to have access to pre-perared food in the many wars between between pre-hispanic peoples.
Tamales are essentially corn dumplings, filled with meat, fish, vegetables, even insects or their eggs, wrapped in corn husks, or in more tropical regions plantain or avocado leaves, then cooked in a variety of ways. There are savoury and sweet tamales, filled and unfilled (blind), open (unwarapped) and closed, steamed, boiled, roasted, fried, even fermented tamales. the range is potentially endless Continue reading “Mexican Tamales”
Yoga & Mindful Walking Menus – 6
No guided walking today. We started with two and a half hours of flowing vinyasa settling into slower, deeper, then sustained yoga postures. After lunch a well deserved free afternoon. Debbie and Wendy are having none ot it. They’re off to Santa Cruz De La Sierra for a brisk climb up the 1200ft Saint Gregorio Peak. Continue reading “Lunch: Mexican Tamal Pizza, Azteca Sides & Watermelon Granizada”
No overview of salsa can be complete without the classic cooked tomato salsa.
Tomatoes in Mexico come in two major varieties: xitomates, the red fruit we’re familiar with in Europe, and tomate or the smaller tomatillos, usually green but also orange and even purple and related to the cape gooseberry or physallis. Continue reading “Classic Mexican Salsa”
Pumpkin seeds are common throughout throughout Mexico, and especially so in the Maya cuisine of Yucatan where they form the basis of dishes such as Papadzules and Tsotobichay. Continue reading “Vegan Quesadillas With Toasted Pumpkin Seeds”
I first tasted this in Guanajuato in central Mexico. It came with soft, crisp flour tortillas filled with Brie and caramelized onions. I don’t recall the main course. I’d just arrived and was so intoxicated by the colour all around me that only the this sharp, sweet, piquant salsa managed to get through the sensory overload. Continue reading “Mango Salsa”
Guaca comes from aguacate, an Hispanization of the Aztec āhuacatl, literally meaning testicle. Mole likewise comes from molli: a sauce or spread – or paté in a locuacious moment. Continue reading “The Mexican Classics: Guacamole & Pico De Gallo”