Ekimalitos or Sweet Cream Ice Cream


sweet cream

One day I went to Michaels Arts and Crafts store and something caught my attention, a pack of pretzel bag. I looked at it and it reminded me of ice cream bags from the corner house back in the Dominican Republic.

One ingredient I like to use in ice cream is Batata or sweet potatoes. I cut the batata into small pieces and let it boil with milk and the rest of the ingredients. Something I always do is leave a few small pieces and pack them along with the liquid so you can bite into it, it’s a sweet surprise for the kids or friends!

Tools you’ll need are the bags, a funnel and a tea infuser (I use the infuser because it is much easier to remove)

Ingredients:1 can of Cream of Coconut1 Can of Evaporated Milk6 cups whole milk1 tablespoon vanilla (for me the best is the concentrated form Dominican Republic but you can use what you have at home or order it at Mimi’s Fusion of Flavors)2 Cinnamon Sticks10 Whole ClovesBlack or Organic Sugar as it is called here- to taste!* You have the control to add more or less sugar.

Whenever you’re preparing something with milk try to keep the temperature between medium low  hehehehe Believe me I know why!
First boil your milk milk with cinnamon and all cloves, when it starts boiling add the evaporated milk and the coconut cream. Bring to a boil, let it simmer for 15 minutes. Now you can add the remaining ingredients and boil for 10 more minutes, remove and let the temperature down to room temperature.
After many mistakes I discovered that using a jar it is the easiest way to pack our home made ice creams or ekimalitos.
Now we should insert the funnel inside the bag to prevent leakage
Warning, do not overdue it, just fill out half of the bag or 3/4 of it it will be much easier to tie the bag
Enjoy!!!!!
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Helados de Leche..memorias de mi infancia


Sweet Milk Cream Ice creams

Sweet Milk Cream Ice creams

Una vez estaba en la tienda de Michael’s Arts and Crafts Store y me llamo mucha la atencion una bolsitas largas que se usan para empacar pretzels pero a mi se me ocurrio usarlas para preparar ekimalitos o helados similar a como la  señora de la esquina de mi casa en Santo Domingo.

Un ingrediente que me gusta usar en los helados es la batata. Yo corto la batata en trozos pequeños y dejo hervir junto a la leche y los demas ingredientes, lo que a mi me gusta hacer es dejar algunos trozitos y embolsarlo junto con el liquido asi cuando se encongele podras morder pedazos de batata dulce.

Instrumentos que vas a necesitar son las bolsitas, un embudo y un infusor de té (este lo utilizo para los clavos dulces, asi no tengo que durar mucho sacandolos despues que termine)

Ingredientes:

1 Lata de Crema de Coco

1 Lata de Leche Evaporada

6 Tazas de Leche regular

1 Cucharada de Vainilla ( para mi la mejor es la concentrada de Republica Dominicana)

2 Canela

10 Clavos Dulce

Azucar Negra o Organica como se le llama aqui-al gusto!

*Ustedes tienen el control de agregar mas o menos azucar.

Siempre que estes preparando algo con leche trata de mantener la temperatura entre mediana abajito hehehehe creemelo yo se porque te lo digo!

Lo primero que pongo a hervir es la leche regular junto a la canela y los clavos dulce, cuando ya este la leche herviendo agrega la crema de coco, deja que hierva en fuego bajito por 15 minutos. Ahora ya puedes agregar los otros ingredientes y deja que hierva por 10 minutos mas y listo, retira y deja que la temperatura baje a temperatura ambiental.

Yo despues de muchos errores descubri que en una jarra mi experiencia de amarrar ekimailito o helados seria mas facil.

Ahora que tenemos la boca del embudo dentro de la bolsita puedes comenzar a echar el liquido

Alerta, no se lleven de las bolsitas y echen mucho liquido, poco es mejor especialmente si los preparamos para nuestors hijos.

Atalos y llevalos al congelador por 4 horas.

Fresh Fruit Mojitos


2013-02-17 20.41.00I love tropical fruits especially in summer time so I decided to mix mojito with the fruits and now everyone loves them, they are sexy little cocktails perfect for any time!

I like to use pineapple, papaya, mango, melon, kiwi but I encourage you to be creative and use the fruits you like!

Ingredients:

10 fresh mint leaves

2 squeezed limes

1 cup white sugar (if you have brown you can use it too)

2 cups of ice cubes

2 ounces white rum -I use Bacardi

1/2 cup club soda

1/2 cup Orange liquor -optional

Instructions

    1. Mix your rum, lemon juice, and the club soda  with sugar until it dissolves
    2. Add a handful of mint leaves , and muddle it together. Use a spoon

Add the mixture to the fruits

 

Dominican Oatmeal /Avena Caliente


 

Oat history begins with the history of wild oats which have been considered a weed for as long as man has cultivated grain. The mutated and domesticated form of oat that we know and love, today, has only been cultivated for about 2,000 years (young for a grain).

It got its start in Europe and Asia Minor, and was probably used primarily to feed livestock. Eventually it gained favor as food for humans and became popular in both Ireland and Scotland.

Finally, it made its way to America where George Washington was reported to have planted 580 acres of his own land with oats (a strange choice at the time). Today, the vast majority of oats are grown in North America and Europe.

 

—————————————————————————————————————————————————-  La historia de la avena silvestre comienza como lo que se ha considerado una maleza durante el tiempo que el hombre ha cultivado cereales. La forma mutada y domesticadas de avena que conocemos y amamos, hoy en día, sólo se ha cultivado durante unos 2.000 años (pocos años para un grano).

Se inició en Europa y Asia Menor, y fue probablemente utilizado principalmente para alimentar el ganado. Con el tiempo se ganó el favor de alimento para los seres humanos y se hizo popular en Irlanda y Escocia.

Por último, hizo su camino a Estados Unidos donde George Washington sembro, asi fue informado,  580 táreas de su tierra con avena (una extraña elección en el momento). Hoy en día, la gran mayoría de avena se cultivan en América del Norte y Europa.

I’m writing this recipe bacause it is true that we home cooks normally don’t measure ingredients and because of that it is difficult to remake our delicious Dominican dishes, I wish you can be with me and watch how my aunt or my mom cooks…well me too sometimes! hehehehe

My mission for 2013 is to share with you all my recipes with measurements with the intentions to spread the love of cooking into your houses, enjoy your avena!!!!!

Now back to my recipe!

Before I start I soak the oatmeal in water for 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of oatmeal
  • 1 can of evaporated milk
  • 1 cup of regular milk
  • 1 whole cinnamon stick
  • 2 tablespoons white or brown sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • Lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Directions
  1. Combine milk, oats, cinnamon, and salt in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly for 5 minutes and finally add the sugar, vanilla and the lemon zest and let it cook for 5 more minutes. If you like it light add more milk to it and let it cook for 2 more minutes. You can strain it and serve it, I eat it just like that and it is delicious!!!