Chicken Tikka Masala

It was amazing to me to find out that a dish that I thought was so Indian is really a British interpretation.  In fact, Tikka Masala is the most popular dish in England.  I guess that just speaks to the influence India and Great Britain had on each other.  This is a bit time consuming, but it is well worth the effort.

Chicken Tikka Masala

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This is a classic Mexican dish.  It can be as spicy as you want.  My daughter’s grandmother  always had the hard boiled egg surprise in the meatballs.  Mina was by far the best Mexican food cook I have ever known.  The meatballs can also be made with any combination of ground meats. This is simple Mexican comfort food.
Buen Provecho!

Albondigas en ChipotleAlbondigas en Chipotle

1 pound ground beef and pork
1 onion minced
1/4 teaspoon Cumin
1/4 teaspoon Oregano
salt and pepper
hard boiled eggs in sliced into quarters
4 large tomatoes
2 cloves of garlic
1/4 onion
1 small can of chipotles en adobo
salt and pepper

Mix all the ingredients except for the eggs.  Form meatballs around the piece of hard boiled egg.  Fry until browned and set aside.  On a comal or a dry cast iron skillet grill tomatoes and onions until  charred.  Remove skin from tomatoes and place both in a blender with only a small amount of water.  Add the garlic and 1 or 2 chipotles to taste.  Season with salt and pepper.
Place sauce in a skillet and add the meatballs.  Let it simmer for about 10 minutes.  Serve over rice.

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San Pascual Bailon- The dancing Saint Pascual

San Pascual

San Pascual was a 16th century Spanish shepherd who became a Franciscan lay brother.  He served his fellow Franciscans in various capacities and monasteries as shepherd,  gardner, porter and cook.  Every kitchen in Mexico has some image of San Pascual.  He is  just there to keep a watchful eye on the boiling pot.

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Cooking has always been the fiber of my life.  My earliest memories are filled with wonderful meals and beautiful food and of course family.  My Grandmother, Aunt and Mother were the best culinary teachers ever!!

Born and raised in Mexico City with German Grandparents and having lived abroad in Italy and Switzerland really developed my “eclectic” take on cuisine.


Cheese Straws

This is a great thing to do with left over pastry.  It is super with soup but is also good as an appetizer.  It’s very easy to do.

Unbaked cheese straws

Cut left over rolled out pastry dough into strips of about 1/4 ” thick.  Take string cheese and cut into strips that are the same thickness as the pastry.  Starting at one end roll the pastry around the cheese until it is all covered.  Pinch the ends.  Brush with egg wash and sprinkle a dash of paprika.  Place in a 375 degree oven for about 10 minutes or until golden brown.  Enjoy!

Baked cheese strawCheese straws and soup

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