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Para esta #Cuaresma: Escabeche de Camarón Estilo San Felipe

Foto: Manuel Rivera para La Vitamina T

Si estás pensando en platillos creativos para esta cuaresma, te compartimos esta receta para preparar un inolvidable escabeche de camarón estilo San Felipe.

Este plato estuvo entre los manjares que los chefs (de izquierda a derecha) José Bossuet, Paola Ramírez y Aldo Saavedra prepararon para representar a México en el World Congress of Culinary Traditions en Rumania, en marzo del 2012.

La receta es una recreación del platillo de la señora Salvadora Soberanes, una de las fundadoras del pueblo de San Felipe, Baja California.

INGREDIENTES

  • ½ taza aceite olivo
  • 2 cebollas cortadas en rodajas
  • 1 cabeza de ajo entera partida por mitad
  • ½ kg de chiles jalapeños cortados en rajas sin semillas
  • 4 zanahorias cortadas en rodajas
  • 10 pimientas gordas
  • 10 pimientas negras
  • 5 clavos de olor
  • hierbas de olor
  • 1 cda orégano seco
  • 1 tz vinagre de manzana
  • 2 tz agua
  • Sal de mar de san Felipe al gusto
  • ½ kilo de camarones de buen tamaño

 PROCESO

Escabeche

1.  Calienta en una cacerola el aceite de olivo.  Agrega la cebolla y los ajos. Sofríes durante 2 minutos aproximadamente.

2. Agrega los chiles, las zanahorias, las especias y las hierbas. Pon a sofreír por 5 minutos.

3. Incorpora el agua y el vinagre. Retira del fuego una vez que hierva.

Camarones

4. Ya fríos, escurre y pasa los camarones  al recipiente con el escabeche que aún esta caliente y dejar reposar por 12 horas. El proceso se puede hacer en el refrigerador.

¡Sirve y disfruta!

Marida con:

Aqua – Alximia

Viko – Torres Alegre

 

Agradecemos a los chefs Aldo Saavedra y José Bossuet por compartir la receta y fotos de este manjar con La Vitamina T.

Gefiltefish Goes Technicolor with Spanish Subtitles

Photo: Brenda Storch

The timing of this post is partly accidental, and partly intentional. I thought at first it might make sense to talk about the Lenten dishes that in an overwhelmingly Catholic Mexico, frame a series of events that culminate in Semana Santa or “Holy Week”: from the visits to the seven churches and the burning of big cardboard structures representing evil, called “Judas” (tradition which has permeated the culture to the point that the name Judas is synonymous with “traitor” when used as colloquial expression), to the reenactments of the crucifixion in the town of Iztapalapa.  What I remember the most about this season, aside from its coinciding with a nice break from school, is that somehow, every aspect of the celebration ended at the table of the family matriarch…

Matriarch!

My great-grandma, Rachel “Rae” Storch would have turned 102 this month. She died 13 years ago, a few days after my birthday, as if she were holding on just long enough to avoid it. I think of her often and I miss her dearly.

Grandma Rae was Jewish, and whether we visited during Easter or Christmas, she would always make us feel at home. I remember that one Easter Sunday she cooked picadillo-stuffed peppers for us because, she assessed, the dish showcased a bit of Latin American flair. She also had a Christmas tree if we were around during the Christmas holidays, despite the fact that this triggered a few neighbors in her all-Jewish building to knock on her door to make sure she had taken her pills.

It is not until now, that I am much older, that I realize how lucky I am to have such a diverse family; and I am incredibly grateful that grandma Rae was so embracing and open-minded. She did not speak Spanish, and I did not speak much English at the time, but we managed, and we definitely bonded over food. She loved to take us to her favorite place, “La Paloma”.

Grandma Rae in her home in Miami in 1996

The more I talk about food, the more I find it a particularly powerful element of national and religious identity. During the holidays, among many cultures, dishes often have ritualistic qualities and are charged with plenty of symbolisms. At the same time, dishes provide us with a common ground: we eat, therefore we exist.

This season, I wanted to remember one of my favorite family matriarchs with a dish from her table. But, where to start? I do not have any of my grandma’s recipes. Luckily for me, Celia, mom of one of my closest friends, makes a delicious Veracruzan gefiltefish.  Thank you, Celia for generously sharing it with us!

The concept “Veracruzan style” when referring to food,  evokes images of a fusion cuisine that blends tropical and Mediterranean flavors and ingredients.  Usually, tomatoes, olives and chili peppers are part of the meal.

This dish never looked sexier!

The recipe called for carp, and I had no idea that getting it in a Chicago suburb would be so difficult, which explains the accidental part of timing of this recipe, as I was hoping to post before Passover. We also took a few creative liberties. Enjoy!

Gefiltefish a la Veracruzana (Veracruzan-Style Gefiltefish)

Inspired in a recipe generously shared by Celia Presburger –  Querétaro, México

Serves 6

Broth:

  • 12 cups of chicken stock (this helps soften the fish flavor)
  • 1/2 an onion
  • 1 carrot
  • Head and fish bones (to provide consistency and flavor)

Patties:

  • 1/3 lb of filleted carp
  • 1/3 lb of filleted sea bass
  • 1/3 lb of filleted red snapper
  • 2 bolillos (or 4 slices of bread) soaked in milk
  • 1 tbsp of salt
  • 1/2 tbsp of brown sugar
  • 1 tsp of pepper
  • 1 carrot
  • 1/2 an onion
  • 3 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup of matzo meal

Note: If you don’t find the three types of fish, use two, but make sure the carp is part of it.

Sauce:

  • 1/4 onion
  • 28 oz. can of diced tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp of capers
  • 1/4 cup of olives
  • 1 dried chile güero pod (available in your ethnic food aisle)

Directions:

Broth:

  1. Put the fish bones, carrot, onion and chicken stock in a pot. Bring to boil and simmer.

Patties:

  1. Cut the fish into cubes. Put in the food processor until finely ground. Put in a bowl and set aside. 
  2. Grind the onion and the carrot in the food processor. Fold into the fish along with the matzo meal, salt, sugar, pepper, bread and eggs until you achieve a pasty consistency that will allow you to make patties.
  3. Drop the patties delicately into the boiling broth, cover, reduce to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes. Alternatively, you can cook in boiling water alone.

Sauce:

  1. Sautée the onion, add the tomatoes and spice to taste. Incorporate the olives, the capers and the chile.

Once the patties are cooked, transfer them into the sauce along with some broth. Simmer.  Let cool and served chilled. I did not wait to eat it cold, I hope my grandma forgives me!

*We did not use ingredients considered  kosher for Passover to make this recipe.

Originally published March 29, 2013.

Pastes, Soccer and other Welsh Gifts to Mexico

Phyllis Marquitz is a food-industry professional. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, her job relocated her and her family to Mexico City, where she had the opportunity to enjoy, understand and appreciate the local culture and flavors first hand. These gracious guests were in turn, a gift to Mexico- they are vocal Mexico enthusiasts, even to the point that Phyllis’ husband is the editor of soccer blog, soccer mexicanaPhyllis is also a long-time reader of La Vitamina T.  The pasties she is referring to in her article, are known as ‘pastes’ in Pachuca, Mexico.

By: Phyllis Marquitz

Welsh leek soup served in my Mexican pottery bowl to celebrate St. David's Day

Welsh leek soup served in my Mexican pottery bowl to celebrate St. David’s Day

Today is St. David’s Day, a Welsh holiday, which you can read about thanks to Wikipedia here. My husband (Jason) and I have Welsh heritage. We are both from a coal-mining region in Pennsylvania that had an influx of Welsh and Cornish immigrants in the later part of the 19th and early part of the 20th centuries. I’m always looking for an excuse to pair food with learning for my kids. We honor the day via the kitchen at our house.

So what does that have to do with a food blog that is primarily about Mexico? Well…St. David’s happens to remind us of Mexico too, now.

In February 2011, our family made an unplanned move to Mexico City for my job and stayed for a few years. Neither of us had spoken Spanish previously and it was a big change. Unlike mine, Jason’s work left him with little opportunity to practice Spanish or interact with locals. He turned to a natural outlet: sports. A long-time Liverpool fan (he used to wake early EST to watch), he went about researching, Google translating, and trying to find his Mexican team. He found it and bought season tickets to Cruz Azul. He would scour the internet for English information about opponents and the league and eventually settled on filling the void himself. His blog, Soccer Mexicana, was born and I watched Jason fall in love with Mexico one game and one city at a time.

But this blog is about St. David’s Day and Mexico… and food. That is because after returning from an away game in Pachuca when I interrogated him about the street food, I learned something amazing. Instead of tacos or tortas, the food stalls on the road to Pachuca’ Estadio Hidalgo were full of pasties.  Unlike the low-spice Methodist-church fundraiser versions we were accustomed to, these had chilis blended into the filling,  I’m told. He didn’t bring me one.

Now, before I go further and tell you that the Cornish have been credited for bringing soccer to Mexico when they came to work the silver mines, (and specifically to Pachuca), I should mention that the pastie is actually Cornish. They have a Protected Geographical Indication for the thing in the EU! Apparently the Welsh version is called an “Oggie” lamb (and I add veggies) pies in a crust with a rim so that it could be carried into the mine and held without dirty hands putting coal dust all over the rest. To this I say, “potato, potahhhto” Welsh and Cornish share a Celtic language and much much more in common. And for us…well…the pasties were Welsh. (although when the Prince of Wales visited Pachuca last year, the media declared it Little Cornwall)

It is all a testament to how food shapes our experience. So today is about us: Welsh Pennsylvanian… Mexican!

 

Prepping for St. David’s at my house: Leek Soup and Pasties (Oggie?)

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Rosca de Reyes – A Slice of Gospel and Tradition #Recipe

 

Photo Courtesy of "El Deleite".

Photo Credit:  “El Deleite”.

Often used as evangelizing tools, celebrations in Mexico feature elements that are charged with symbolism. Take the piñata, for example, used as an allegory of sin (colorful and appealing on the outside, yet hollow and empty on the inside). Still today, during parties, people are blindfolded (a nod to faith being blind) when facing the piñata, which will yield fruits once fought and defeated.

The Rosca de Reyes (cake of kings) is no exception. Even as I type, kids who have been taught to expect the arrival of the three kings or magi, during Epiphany have already gone to bed with the hopes of finding gifts by their shoes when they awake. This festivity marks the culmination of the “12 Days of Christmas”.

Rosca de Reyes is shaped and decorated as if it were a crown. Inside, little figurines representing baby Jesus while in hiding from Herod can be found. Whomever discovers  the figurine it their slice of rosca gets to share their good fortune- they will buy tamales for the group on February 2nd, to celebrate the presentation of Christ at the temple.

Without even knowing it, tradition is celebrated and perpetuated in a delicious slice that is typically enjoyed with a cup of hot chocolate.

Yanet Hernández Tabiel, owner of “El Deleite”, a bakery in Mexico City, shared her popular recipe with La Vitamina T readers.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp of yeast
  • 5 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 tbsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup of butter
  • 1 1/2 cups of crystallized fruit
  • 1/2 cup of warm water
  • 5 plastic “muñequitos de rosca” (plastic rosca dolls). These can be substituted with large beans.

For the butter crumble:

  • 1 cup of butter
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract

Instructions:

  1. Combine the yeast with one of the tablespoons of flour and the warm water. Let rest for 1o mins. or until it’s foamy
  2. Combine the remaining flour with the sugar, vanilla extract, salt and milk in a mixing bowl. Mix until incorporated. Add the eggs and the yolks.
  3. Continue mixing until smooth. Add the yeast and mix until you have a smooth, and flexible ball.
  4. Add the butter and continue mixing until fully incorporated.
  5. Add the mix in a bowl and cover it with a damp cloth. Keep at room temperature until it doubles in volume.
  6. Make a dimple with your finger and knead.
  7. Extend the dough into a rectangular shape, add the crystallized fruit and the plastic dolls. Twirl to form a crown shape.

Crumble and Decoration

  1. Mix the butter with the sugar, eggs and the vanilla extract
  2. Decorate the rosca with strips of this mix.
  3. Glaze your rosca with the eggwash and decorate it with crystallized fruits
  4. Bake for an hour at 375 degrees or until golden brown

Enjoy!

 

Milhojas de Crema y Miel con Azafrán de la Chef Manchega Rocío Arroyo

Fuente de Foto: Chef Rocìo Arroyo

Fuente de Foto: Chef Rocío Arroyo

 

¿Sabes que “manchego” es un gentilicio?

Hace unas semanas tuvimos la fortuna de de transportarnos vía telefónica hasta La Mancha, España (seguro pensaron en Don Quijote) para hablar con la chef repostera Rocío Arroyo.

Bastaron unos minutos para darnos cuenta de nuestra buena fortuna. Esta gastrónoma educadora, ponente y conductora de televisión, desborda tanta pasión como conocimiento. Pudimos habernos extendido horas hablando con ella sobre los tesoros gastronómicos de esta región española, y aunque breve, durante nuestra conversación nos quedó muy claro el por qué,  como Rocío dice, “La Mancha engancha.”

Uno de los productos icónicos manchegos, junto con el queso producido por la raza ovina del mismo nombre, es el azafrán.

El azafrán, conocido como “Oro Rojo” por su alto precio, ha sido utilizado y  apreciado por diferentes culturas a lo largo de la historia. Además usarse como colorante o perfume, se le han atribuído propiedades medicinales.  Seguro lo has probado, pero quizás únicamente en paella. Ojo: sí lo compras, asegúrate de que te lo den en hebras, jamás molido.

Fuente de Foto: Azafranes Manchegos

El azafrán manchego tiene denominación de origen y se considera el mejor del mundo.  Aquí, el protocolo para su cultivo y cosecha es intenso y verdaderamente una artesanía.

Escucha todos los detalles en nuestra entrevista con la chef Arroyo aquí y encuentra una deliciosa receta para preparar un milhojas de miel con azafrán al pie. ¡Dínos qué tal te quedó en nuestra página de Facebook!


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Smoke and Fire – Falling in Love with Mezcal in Mexico City

“Para todo mal, mezcal, y para todo bien también. (For every pain, mezcal, and  for every joy as well.)  

– Mexican Folk Saying  

 

By Brenda Storch

Photo: Mezcalería Los Amantes

Undoubtedly well positioned within the minds and hearts of locals (and even not so locals), mezcal seemed to play, for a long time, second fiddle to tequila. Little by little, though, this artisanal drink (which literally means “smoked agave” in Náhuatl), has slowly made a name for itself. This is especially why we loved seeing it as protagonist at two memorable Mexican eateries. Many thanks to Chef José Bossuet, who has spent a few months consulting with the Los Amantes Group, for introducing us to these gems.

Mezcalería Los Amantes
Avenida Campos Eliseos 290, Mexico City, Mexico 52 55 5281 0292                                                                      

The namesake of the thoughtful, Oaxaca-born mezcal line, and the largest mezcalería in the world, Los Amantes (The Lovers) is located in one of Mexico City’s finest neighborhoods. Luckily, the zip code does not make this locale stuffy at all. What it does, however, is provide patrons with an elevated cantina experience, where food has been curated to make mezcal tasting a transformative journey.

Black chichilo ceviche paired with three times distilled Los Amantes –  Joven

We did not have a chance to try any of the other 200+ mezcal labels within this restaurant’s collection, as we focused on sampling the in-house pairings (Los Amantes has joven, añejo and reposado variations), which were especially designed to boost the delicacies in front of our eyes, along with a must try- pulque. It was a real treat to sample this millenary fermented beverage in such a setting, by the way. We highly recommend that you try the curados, which are concoctions made with pulque and fruit. Whether or not you enjoy them as much as I do, this should definitely be on any Mexico City visitor’s list.

The concept behind the menu is to highlight dishes from states that produce mezcal. The culinary team, led by chef José Alberto Gómez, proudly displays true mastery of harmonization, using elements such as ashes and remarkable smoky salsas to make mezcal stand out. Food here is simple, yet seductive. I fell in love with the twice-distilled reposado so hard, I brought home one of its handsome Huichol-inspired bottles.

Check out some of the dishes presented by the chefs during our tasting here.

Mezcal tasting at Los Amantes is available by reservation only. Please call ahead. This is a very personalized experience. When you visit please say hi to Chef Beto for us!

While writing this post I was notified that Los Amantes group will soon open a new mezcalería in another high-end neighborhood in the city – Santa Fe.  Stay tuned for more details.

Chefs José Bossuet, Gerzayn Bellamy and José Alberto Gómez at the Mezcalería Los Amantes kitchen.

Casona La Yucateca 
Av Moliere 56, Mexico City, Mexico  52 55 5280 7473                                                                                                   

You don’t need to leave Mexico City to sample the bright, complex and sophisticated cuisine of southeastern Mexico. The Yucatán peninsula is home to an extraordinary culinary tradition that is strongly committed to food preservation through a variety of techniques – pickling, brining, pit smoking, drying.  During this trip, I was delighted to notice that Yucatán and even Chiapas, seem to be gaining traction as foodie destinations, proving that they can hold their own as an alternative to long-standing gastronomy havens such as Oaxaca or Puebla.

Throughout Mexico, over 500 years of fusion with different cultures have permeated local gastronomical expressions with a rich diversity of ingredients, colors, flavors, and textures. This happens in a surprisingly granular way, as ingredientes, cooking utensils and materials can vary greatly depending on geography, even within the same state.

Chef José Bossuet’s latest project – Casona La Yucateca in Mexico City

The architecture and décor at Casona La Yucateca are a modern take on a henequen hacienda. To add a dimension to our out-of-state experience, the drinks- creative, well-balanced and inspired in Mayan mythology, you will certainly agree that La Casona Yucateca’s mixologist, Marco Antonio Fausto, is a remarkable culinary artist. Pace yourself with those cocktails, though- they are light to the palate, but they pack a punch!

Chef Bossuet and La Casona Yucateca’s Sales Manager, Ivonne Chávez were excellent tour guides and hosts during our culinary journey.

 

The Kukulkán by Marco Antonio Fausto. I could drink this instead of water.

The restaurant has several areas, including a private room for meetings, and a terrace that seems more like an indoor garden.

We got settled in the private room, where we had the opportunity to sample an outstanding array of menu offerings ranging from the traditional sopa de lima (keffir lime soup) to salbutes, panuchos, kebbeh, and of course, the famous queso relleno (stuffed cheese) made with Edam cheese! Interestingly, this Danish product has become Yucatán’s favorite, and is quite ubiquitous in its gastronomy. While there are a few hypotheses attempting to explain how centuries ago, this cheese might have arrived at the more isolated Yucatán peninsula, most of them agree on one point- the aged dairy was certainly at an advantage, as it was able to survive the humid heat of the jungle.

 

Yucatán has adopted Danish Edam as its favorite, featured here in a spectacular queso relleno.

Kebbeh, taboule and other dishes show the Lebanese influence in the culinary expressions of the Mexican southeast.

Traditional turkey salbute with pickled vegetables. Turkey is a very popular meat in Yucatán’s modern gastronomy.

Tikin Xic fish leverages local ingredients and underlines the importance of pickling and marinades as preserving agents.

Find several videos of our tasting tour including dessert,  here!

Chef Juan Reyes is in charge of a kitchen where know how and passion are mixed with ingredients sourced from Yucatán to ensure the authenticity of flavors. Food is made from scratch, including but not least importantly, the bread. Chef Efraín Gamboa’s craft discreetly enhances the meal and patiently awaits to take center stage at dessert.

We returned from our “visit” to Yucatán really longing to go back.

Chiles en Nogada: Un Plato que Grita Independencia

Photo Credit: Lissette Storch - Mexico City, Mexico

Foto: Lissette Storch – Ciudad de Mèxico

Literalmente chiles en salsa de nuez o “nogada”, este plato se atribuye a la creatividad culinaria propia del estado de Puebla, y se dice que los chiles en nogada fueron servidos por primera vez en el siglo XIX para celebrar la independencia de México.

Mitad plegaria, mitad receta, cuenta la historia que las monjas agustinas de Atlixco, Puebla, improvisaron este platillo en honor del caudillo Agustín de Yturbide, quien durante su viaje a la Ciudad de México desde Veracruz, se detuvo en Puebla tras firmar el Tratado de Córdoba. Este documento establecía la independencia de México, es por eso que los colores del Ejército Trigarante, y ahora también los de la bandera mexicana, están representados en este plato.

Mitad guerrero, mitad ángel, esta delicia exige que al chile poblano se le de vida con un corazón hecho a base de carne, frutas y semillas disponibles en México durante el mes de septiembre, incluyendo pera, durazno, manzana y piñón. Para rematar, la salsa de nuez que le da nombre al plato es muy delicada, y está acentuada con semillas de granada.

Mitad indígena, mitad español, esta creación es completamente mexicana y no puedes dejar de probarla.

En caso de que quieras recrear esta joya culinaria en casa, nuestro amigo, el chef Moisés Salazar, nos deleita con esta receta. El chef nos dice que como este platillo siempre es un éxito, generalmente él no cocina otro plato salado.

Rinde para 8-12 personas.

  1. Limpia 20 chiles para rellenar.
  2. Seca el interior de los chiles y rellénelos con el picadillo. Si
    sientes que el picadillo es muy pesado o los chiles están muy
    abiertos, ciérralos con un palillo

PICADILLO

Ingredientes:

• 3/4 de taza de aceite de maiz
• 6 dientes de ajo cortados por la mitad
• 1 taza de cebolla finamente picada
• 2 lbs de carne de cerdo molida (pasada por el molino una sola vez)
• 2 cucharaditas de sal
• 1 taza de agua
• 3 cucharadas de aceite de maíz
• 2 lb de jitomate licuado y colado
• 1/2 taza de almendras peladas y partidas por mitad
• 3/4 taza de pasitas negras picadas
• 20 aceitunas verdes enjuagadas y cortadas en cuatro
• 2 cucharadas de perejil fresco finamente picado
• 4 clavos de olor
• 1 vara de canela de 3 cm de largo
• 1 oz granos de pimienta negra
• 1/4 taza de aceite de maíz para freír las frutas
• 4 tazas de manzana  en cubitos
• 4 tazas de peras en cubitos
• 4 tazas de duraznos amarillos en cubitos
• 1 cucharada de azúcar
• 2 tazas de aceite para freír los plátanos
• 4 tazas de plátano macho en cubitos
• 1 taza de acitrón en cubitos (1 cuadro de acitrón)
• 3oz de piñones rosas, pelados
• 2 cucharadas de vinagre blanco

Procedimiento:

  1.  En 1/4 de taza de aceite fríe 2 dientes de ajo hasta que queden
    totalmente dorados (deséchelos); acitrona la cebolla, añade la carne,
    la sal y el agua, tapa y cuece todo hasta que la carne esté tierna,
    aproximadamente 5 minutos. Destapa para que toda el agua se evapore y
    de ser posible la carne se dore un poco.
  2.  En otro sartén, calienta las otras 3 cucharadas de aceite, dora 2
    dientes de ajo y deséchalos. Acitrona la cebolla restante, añade el
    jitomate y deja sazonar, agrega las almendras, las pasas, las
    aceitunas y el perejil, y deja sazonar la mezcla por 2 minutos.
  3. Muele el clavo, la canela y las pimientas, añádaselos al jitomate y
    retira el sartén del fuego.
  4. Añade la mezcla de jitomate a la carne y deja que se sazone por 5
    minutos, retira del fuego.
  5. En otro sartén, calienta el otro 1/4 de taza de aceite, dora en él 2
    ajos, deséchalos y fríe la manzana, la pera y el durazno, tapa y deja
    que se frían y cuezan. No dejes que se deshagan, la fruta debe quedar
    entera. Añade el azúcar y en el caso de que las frutas estén ácidas,
    añádalas más azúcar, pues la mezcla debe ser dulce.
  6. Por separado, fríe el plátano hasta que se dore ligeramente, reserva
    el aceite sobrante para freír los chiles.
  7.  Mezcla con la carne las frutas, el plátano, el acitrón, los piñones
    y el vinagre. El picado no debe quedar deshecho.

CAPEADO

Ingredientes:
• 12 huevos, separados claras de las yemas
• 1/4 de taza de harina
• 2 cucharaditas de sal
• 1 taza de harina para revolcar los chiles
• 2 tazas de aceite de maíz (más el que reservó para freír los plátanos)

Procedimiento:

El chef sugiere que el capeado se haga en dos etapas, sobre todo si quien cocina tiene
poca experiencia.

  1. Bate las claras hasta que hagan picos suaves, añade las yemas, la sal
    y el 1/4 de taza de harina. Bate hasta que todos los ingredientes
    estén incorporados.
  2. Revuelqua los chiles en la harina y quítales el exceso golpeándolos
    con la mano suavemente, pues sólo sirve para que se adhiera bien el
    huevo.
  3. Calienta el aceite con el que freíste el plátano en un sartén amplio
    (conforme vayas necesitando más aceite, añádelo). Deja que humée
    ligeramente; sumerge los chiles en el huevo y fríelos uno por uno.
  4. Mientras se dora ligeramente la parte de abajo del chile, con la ayuda
    de una pala o espátula, baña la parte de arriba para que éste se dore y
    no sea necesario voltearlo. Si no tienes experiencia, voltéalo.

Escúrrelos sobre servilletas de papel para quitarles el exceso de
grasa del capeado. Manténlos tibios o a temperatura ambiente y
reserve.

NOGADA

Ingredientes:
• 1 taza de almendras peladas y remojadas en agua
• 5 tazas de agua fría
• 1 lb grs de queso de cabra o de queso fresco
• 8 tazas de nueces de Castilla limpias (2.5 lbs aprox)

Procedimiento:

  1. De preferencia remoja las almendras una o dos noches con antelación
    con agua fría y manténlas en el refrigerador. Nota como al hidratarse,
    aumentan de tamaño y adquieren un tono color marfil. Esto hace que su sabor se
    haga muy parecido al de la nuez fresca.
  2. Mezcla todos los ingredientes en un tazón, excepto el agua, licúa la
    mitad de la mezcla y luego la otra para evitar que se derrame el vaso
    de la licuadora, utiliza el agua necesaria, utilizarás casi toda,
    aunque la salsa no es aguada y debe tener consistencia (esta receta es
    exacta, por lo que se recomienda no alterar las cantidades).

PRESENTACIÓN

Ingredientes:
• 2 granadas rojas desgranadas (2 tazas de granos)
• Ramas de perejil para adornar

Procedimiento:

  1. Coloca los chiles en un platón.
  2. Baña parcialmente los chiles con la
    nogada, pues se debe ver algo de capeado.
  3. Adorna con las hojas de
    perejil y la granada.

Chef Moisés Salazar

El chef Moisés Salazar es un mexicano experto en Alta Cocina, dedicado al catering corporativo y privado. Su pasión lo ha llevado desde Belize, donde estuvo a cargo de delegaciones diplomáticas  de la Embajada de México, Estados Unidos y varios países centroamericanos, hasta Atlanta, donde colaboró en el famoso St. Regis.  Encuentra más información sobre el chef Moisés Salazar y su contribución al  mundo de la gastronomía en su sitio web: www.chefmoises.com

Haz click aquí para encontrar otra magnífica receta para hacer chiles en nogada, inspirada por las monjas de la órden de las Clarisas, quienes se dedican a elaborar este platillo desde 1924.

Originalmente publicado el 18 de julio del 2016.

Leyendas, Manjares, Gigantes y Otros Tesoros Tampiqueños

 

La famosa torta de ternera y el machacado de fruta de “El Globito”. Foto: Gaby Fextivo

Por: Gaby Fextivo

En una posición geográfica privilegiada, bañada por las aguas del río Pánuco, se encuentra la Heroica ciudad y puerto de Tampico. Su centro histórico con edificios de estilo francés, guarda detalles de la historia de México de los que casi no se escucha.

Fue en este puerto, (cuyo nombre “Santa Anna de Tampico” le fue asignado en honor de tan controvertido personaje) donde en 1829 se consolidó la independencia de México. Es aquí que se consigue la “Victoria de Tampico”. Esta batalla fue el último intento de la corona española por conquistar a nuestro país.

No solo guerras han pasado a la historia en este puerto, también lo han hecho sus delicias. Recordemos la carne asada a la Tampiqueña, las tortas “de la barda”, la jaiba “a la Frank” del famoso restaurante “El Porvenir”. También hay un lugar que es punto de reunión de las familias tampiqueñas y visita obligada de turistas, la fuente de sodas “El Globito”, ubicada en la Plaza de Armas al borde de la calle Fray Andrés de Olmos. Fundada en 1937 por Don Jesús Estrada Trujillo, “El Globito” es conocido por su deliciosa torta de ternera elaborada con la receta secreta de la familia, así como por sus refrescantes machacados de fruta, de los cuales el de piña es el más solicitado. Su bebida estrella es el famoso “globito”,  un batido de rompope con leche y canela que debes probar.

El Globito: deliciosa y obligada visita si estás en Tampico. Foto: Turismo de Tampico

“El Globito” está abierto las 24 horas, así que no importa si tu antojo surge a media noche. Seguro lo encontrarás abierto y te sorprenderá darte cuenta que no eres el único antojadizo.

Pero, ¿qué sería de la ciudad sin su gente?

Saliendo de “El Globito” caminando por la calle Díaz Mirón, casi frente al Hotel Inglaterra, se encuentra la estatua de bronce de un hombre que en vida llevó el nombre de José Calderón Torres, conocido por los tampiqueños como “Pepito el terrestre”.  Nacido en 1915, y vecino de la bulliciosa colonia Cascajal, Pepito alcanzó la fama por su estatura: nada más y nada menos que 2 metros 34 centímetros.  Pepito llegoó a ser el hombre más alto del mundo en las décadas de los 50, 60 y principios de los 70.

Debido a su estatura, recibió numerosas ofertas de trabajo, desde anunciante de productos y hasta de programa de espectáculos, pero Pepito se negó dejar su tierra y su familia. Él trabajaba en el Sindicato de Terrestres en el puerto, de ahí su mote cariñoso, “El terrestre”. De los tampiqueños se ganó el cariño y el respeto por ser un hombre noble, su vida se volvió leyenda y es contada a las nuevas generaciones con particular cariño por nuestros padres y abuelos.

Pepito “El Terrestre”. Foto: Turismo de Tampico.

De Tampico hay mucho que contar y mucho que probar. Visítanos, pruébanos, te garantizo que te enamoraras de nuestra ciudad.

Hasta la próxima. ¡Abrazos Jaibos!

Gaby Navarro es corresponsal de La Vitamina T. Además de su infecciosa pasión por su natal Tampico, y su conocimiento sobre la gastronomía y tradiciones locales de primera mano, Gaby es dueña de la empresa de banquetes Fextivo. Encuéntrala a esta extraordinaria embajadora tampiqueña en su página de Facebook.

Guest Post: Third Time’s a Charm – Tres Leches Cake

Photo: Chef Jason Rivas

Photo credit: Chef Jason Rivas.

About chef Jason Rivas:  Born and raised in California, but southwestern at heart, chef Rivas’  passion for food started at a very early age when he used to eat snails in his backyard. Trained in classical French cuisine, while attending the Scottsdale Culinary Institute, he was able to learn a new way to apply his creative, artistic side. After graduation, Rivas spent an additional four years in Phoenix learning the finer points of southwestern cuisine, and then traveled from coast to coast before settling in the Southern California wine country.  Here, he discovered the true value and impact of food and wine (in his words,”wine and food, rather”).  Find more about chef Rivas on his website: dinnerbyJR.wordpress.com

By: Chef Jason Rivas

Ahh… Tres Leches! Two words that invoke such feel-good emotions. For me, these words mean,  I can’t wait to dive in! And literally, Tres Leches cake is Spanish for “cake of three milks”.  Fundamentally, Tres Leches  is exactly that- a cake that has been soaked in three different kinds of milk. The dessert itself is very popular within the Latin American community and many countries claim its creation.

Contrary to popular belief, Tres Leches is not just a cake with milk poured over the top.  There is definitely a technique involved, and although you can use any kind of milk you desire, the three different milks are there for very different reasons.

Typically, whole milk, evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk are used. Whole milk is added for its fat and for its pour-ability; the evaporated milk for richness and body; and the condensed milk for its sweetness. Can alternate types of milk be used? Absolutely! Soy milk, almond milk, goat’s milk, coconut milk…  all can be used for various reasons. The choice is up to you.

Now for the cake. Please don’t just use a standard box cake. In fact, I recommend to NEVER use a standard box cake for anything. Making cake is easy and fun. For best results you want to use a light, airy cake- a sponge cake (which got its name because it acts like a sponge). This is the ideal cake for a Tres Leches. That is not to say you cannot flavor the cake- wine, extracts, chocolate just to name a few ideas. You could use a heavier, richer cake; however, this will most likely turn to mush when cut into and would defeat the purpose of the Tres Leches.

You never feel like you just finished eating a house after eating a piece; it’s one of the greatest attributes of a Tres Leches — using a denser, heavier cake will nullify this fact.  The key thing to remember when making a Tres Leches, is time. It takes time and thus you should give yourself time. Never try to hurry through the process just to shovel a piece in your mouth (well, I shovel at least). Take your time and let the cake do its thing. In my opinion, cakes (and food for that matter) are like women. The better you treat them and the more time we spend with them; the happier you both will be.

Ingredients:

  • 14.5 oz all-purpose flour
  • 14.5 oz sugar
  • 10 eggs
  • 2 oz melted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 12 oz evaporated milk
  • 12 0z coconut milk
  • 12 oz half/half
  • 1 cup sugar

Directions

For the cake:

  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine eggs and sugar
  2. Place a stockpot half full of water on the stove. Make sure the pot is big enough to hold the mixing bowl. The mixing bowl does not have to fit all the way inside – just on top. Bring the water to a a boil.
  3. Once boiling, reduce the heat and place the bowl on the pot. Whisk constantly for about 3-4 mins.
  4. Place bowl back on the mixer with the whisk attachment and whip egg mix on high until it doubles in volume.
  5. While whipping, sift your flour and preheat your oven to about 400°F
  6. Gently fold in flour and salt into egg mix by thirds.
  7. Fold in melted butter and vanilla.
  8. Line a half sheet pan with parchment paper then spray with nonstick coating. Pour batter in pan and spread evenly into corners.
  9. Bake for about 10-15 mins. When done, the cake should be golden brown and bounce back when pressed upon. The toothpick test can also be done.
  10. When done, carefully flip out of pan and freeze for about 2 hours.

For the milk:

  1. Put evaporated milk and coconut milk into a small pot. Add the half/half.  Incorporate sugar and stir to dissolve.
  2. Bring to a boil on low heat, stirring occasionally.
  3. Pull cake from freezer and place back in the original baking pan, leaving the cake upside down.
  4. Slowly ladle a small amount of the hot milk over small sections of the cake, until the whole cake is covered. Wait for the milk to be absorbed  before adding more milk. Use all the milk evenly.
  5. Chill the cake completely (for about 4hours).

ENJOY!

Note: Often times, tres leches cake is topped with fruit or whipped cream.

Tres Leches is a great party dessert and is best when made at least a day in advance. Now, could it be made the morning of? Yes if you get up early. But again you don’t want to rush anything. Not to mention you want to make sure the cake has enough time to soak up all the milk.

Some also might be curious about  the “sift-thirds-freeze” steps in the directions. These are all techniques to help make a better cake. Sifting helps aerate the flour to make the cake lighter and fluffier. Adding the flour in thirds helps to prevent clumping, thus allowing for a better texture and no “flour balls.” Freezing of the cake allows for a better absorption of the milk.

These techniques can make all the difference.  Sometimes when making cake we need all the help we can get, even a little prayer! Plus, when making a good cake, its all about technique. Better technique=better cake. Happy baking!

Post originally created  and shared on March 1o,2013

Flan de Queso Cotija con Salsa de Piloncillo y Mezcal #Receta

Foto cortesía del chef Moisés Salazar

“Para todo mal, mezcal, y para todo bien también”, dice el dicho oaxaqueño. Suponemos que esto también incluye el mal de amor…

Del náhuatl “mezcalli” que significa “agave horneado”, esta bebida artesanal mucho menos famosa que el tequila, poco a poco ha ido conquistando paladares tanto mexicanos, como extranjeros.  Esta semana,  el chef Moisés Salazar, nos trae una receta para hacer un delicioso flan con mezcal que conquista.

Utensilios

  • Molde para flan con tapa de presión
  • Olla express o de presión
  • Base para baño maria
  • Licuadora
  • Horno

Ingredientes

  • 1 lata de lechera (400 grs)
  • 1 lata de leche clavel o evaporada (350 ml)
  • Vainilla
  • 6 huevos (310 grs)
  • 200 gramos de queso cotija
  • 250 grs piloncillo
  • 100 ml de agua
  • 200 ml de mezcal de tu elección

 

Procedimiento

1. En una sartén, calienta el  piloncillo y el mezcal con un poco de agua hasta que se derritan formando un caramelo.

2. Licúa los ingredientes, deja reposar la mezcla en el refrigerador para que salgan todas las burbujas de aire.

3. En el molde para flan, vacía la mitad del caramelo y la mezcla de todos los ingredientes.

4. Colóca la mezcla en la olla

express sobre la base para baño maría y agrega agua sin que toque el molde.

5. Cuando la olla express empiece a soltar vapor, cuenta 15 minutos y sácala de la misma. Espera a que enfríe. Después, métela en el refrigerador.

6. Al servir agrega el resto de la salsa caramelo encima del flan.

Chef Moisés Salazar

El chef Moisés Salazar es un mexicano experto en Alta Cocina, dedicado al catering corporativo y privado. Su pasión lo ha llevado desde Belize, donde estuvo a cargo de delegaciones diplomáticas  de la Embajada de México, Estados Unidos y varios países centroamericanos, hasta Atlanta, donde colaboró en el famoso St. Regis.  Encuentra más información sobre el chef Moisés Salazar y su contribución al  mundo de la gastronomía en su sitio web: www.chefmoises.com

Publicado originalmente el 2 de septiembre del 2013