Today we commemorate the independence of Mexico. This is a perfect way to celebrate it. The “Chiles en Nogada” are a Poblano chile stuffed with a special ground beef stew covered with a pecan cream sauce and sprinkled with pomegranate. It is a delicious typical mexican dish that has a very interesting story behind. Tells the story, that the Agustin Nuns from the Santa Monica Convent in Puebla, Mexico, invented this recipe to honor Agustin de Iturbide who just had signed the independence of Mexico in Cordoba, Veracruz. The Chiles are very colorful resembling the Mexican Flag, green, white and red. Hope you enjoy such a delicious traditional Mexican dish.
I was looking for a gluten-free muffin to bake, these came out more than I was expecting. The lime zest make them so refreshing and the baked blueberries just pop in your mouth like a little balloon of flavor! So good! I like to bake muffins because they are the perfect portion. Don’t have to worry if one slice is thicker than the other. They freeze perfectly, so you always have a quick breakfast ready or a perfect munch with your coffee for a snack.
LIME-BERRY CORN MEAL MUFFINS
2/3 Cup Corn meal
2 Cups Almond Flour
2/3 Cup Sugar
1 Cup mixed berries (I used blueberries and raspberries)
2 Limes, zest and juice
Place butter and sugar in a medium bowl and mix until it becomes light and fluffy
Add rest of the ingredients and stir carefully until well combined
Divide the mixture into 12-16 muffin liners
Bake for 20-25 minutes until a tooth pick comes out clean
Continuing with the gluten-free diet, we (my son and I) prepared risotto. And OH! my, this mushroom risotto was so, so, so good. The porcini mushrooms give the risotto such a concentrated flavor that is very hard to resist. I noticed, that it is not a high calorie dish. If you prepare it the way I tell you here, stirring and letting the rice slowly cook and naturally become creamy. There is no need to add any cream, which is where the high calories come from. I know risotto is going to become you favorite dish from now on!
Polenta is the new addition to my menu! I wanted to try it for so long, I didn’t even know what it was!? Well, to my education, it is just corn meal coarse grind. I was so surprised that being a Mexican, and corn being such an important part of our diet, we Mexicans do not prepare this kind of dish, or at least me and nobody around me don’t, it comes form the northern part of Italy. Its flavor is so mild that you can give any flavor you wish, depending what you want to pair it with. This time, I prepared without any addition, since I wanted to taste its true flavor. But I think you can add any spice and also you could add any sharp cheese. It might become americanized since traditionally it is served plain.
I prepared a pulled pork with a cilantro enhanced flavor and paired perfect with the polenta. Combination of cultures!!
Slow cooker is the best! This ribs are delicious and so easy to cook. Marinate them over night, and the next morning all you have to do is brown them, put them in the slow cooker and it does everything for you. I really like the process of slow cooking, it lets flavors penetrate deep into the meat, the meat remains juicy and it becomes so tender. Delicious! This time I prepared them with paprika to give them a spicy flavor and served them with some beans, some slices of avocado and a cauliflower “stake” (Stay tuned for that recipe too!).
Gorditas is similar to a mexican quesadilla. The tortilla is thicker so you are able to separate the top from the bottom and you fill it with what ever you have in mind. Very similar to a pita bread shape but much smaller and different texture, it is a tortilla. I found these tortillas that are a little bit thicker, but not as thick as a gordita. I went ahead and treat them as if they were. they were so good and even better since I could reduce the carb intake! I pair them with a green simple salad and they were so comfortably warm. I really enjoy them, I like having something warm in my meals, a cold salad won’t get me satisfied. This time I filled them with some rosted chicken and cheese.
Have you seen an artichoke flower fully bloomed? I’ve been saving this post so I can show you how beautiful an artichoke flower is. I harvested some artichokes from my backyard and I left one so it could bloom and I could admire such a beauty. I documented on pictures how it was changing. It actually took 3 weeks from the first picture you see to the last one I took. So Admire this amazing flower in its blooming stages.
Talking about food, in this case artichokes, I prepared hearts of artichokes with a mexican twist. Artichoke is low in calories, rich in fiber and antioxidants, minerals, and helps lower cholesterol. I am so glad I grow this beauty in my backyard. And I gave myself this flower as a gift for my 100 post!! Can’t believe it I have enjoyed blogging so much!!