Anécdota curiosa de las tantas cuando Pequeños!


Estuve escribiendole a mi hermana Carmen de crianza en Santo Domingo y compartió este recuerdo de mi mama de crianza y quise comparirlo con ustedes porque este sera el principio de algo muy interesante que estaremos preparando para ustedes.
Carmen me dice:
“Te tengo una nécdota de las tantas, una vez llegamos del colegio, y mama nos tenia servida la comida; arroz, habichuelas, maduros, ensalada y un platon con una carne cortada en medallones que parecian ruedas de salchichas blancas alemanas, eso tenia un vinagreta por encima divina. Cuando le preguntamos que era eso, mama contesta “Coman y callen”. Nos lo jartamos todo, y al final sabes que era?… Granos de toro, y estaban riiiiiiiiiiiiiiicos!!!jajajajaja

Les cuento chicos que en mi casa se comian platillos que mi mama de crianza aprendió en Puerto Rico, ella ya sabia cocinar pero alli fue donde aprendio a hacer platillos no tipicos.
En las familias pobres, los hijos no teniamos opciones de que comer y se comia lo que se cocinaba, ahora es gracioso escribir sobre mi  niñez pero creanme que nosotros comiamos con los lagrimones, sin darnos cuenta de que eramos afortunados al comer platillos gourmet como lo es ahora el Grano de Toro lo cual cuesta mucho mas que otra carne … adivina porque hehehehe bueno eso sera otro dia 🙂

Mimi

Taste/Pruebame


Taste-Pruebame

 

Today I was in my test kitchen preparing some new empanadas with chile dough, and another one with tomato dough and I don’t really know much about how we can tell when something is too salty or too sweet and that is the reason for today post. But what is “taste”?..I know it is an action because I practice a lot hahahahaha  but lets go deeper!

 

According to the online dictionary here is the definition

 

taste  (tst)

 

v. tast·ed, tast·ing, tastes

 

v.tr.

1. To distinguish the flavor of by taking into the mouth.
2. To eat or drink a small quantity of.
3. To partake of, especially for the first time; experience.
4. To perceive as if by the sense of taste.
5. Archaic To appreciate or enjoy.
Guys the definition number 5 brings me many bad and good memories but there is one I won’t never forget. I always share with my facebook friends how good the word of God is, for me it’s THE BEST FOOD OF ALL!
Every time I research or study a subject memories keep connecting to each other, and I can’t or won’t write words that are not in my heart, and that is why I’m about writing food references found in the bible, but yet, the more I write the more I have to write, everything makes sense now. Everyone has a gift and my gift is through food…and how amazing it is to find so many references and connect with the Bible in another form..in my cooking word.
I have tasted and experienced how good God is as I read in Psalm 34:8 and because of that I can appreciate my life and just like the dictionary mentioned “enjoy”.
I now have a purpose in life, I’m no longer afraid of changing. To be honest I was more afraid of changing than anything, and I remember Pastor Tere saying to me-‘be you’, but of course I didn’t open up with God for a long time.  Until I had a dream where I was floating but this time Jesus was with me…imagine that…with me chilling, floating in the dark but it wasn’t black dark it was dark blue with little very little bright stars. I freaked out because for years I usually had nightmares about me falling in a dark hole and the nightmare was always with me until that night; I knew the meaning of the dream and little by little I kept tasting how good God is no matter how many mistakes I make I now can say that He is always with me.

Psalm 34:8

New International Version (NIV)
Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him

 

Shelf for eggs outside the fridge!


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An egg has millions of holes in its shell. It absorbs the odor and substance around itself very easily. This creates a bad taste if it’s kept in the fridge with other food ingredients. This shelf provides a place for eggs outside of the fridge. Also the freshness of eggs can be tested in the water. The fresher they are, the further they sink.

Everyone in North America stores their eggs in the fridge, but few people in Europe do, they can last for days on a shelf or in a pantry. In European supermarkets, the eggs are not refrigerated. Integrating the water into the egg storage shelf is really clever; according to about.com, if an egg:

Sinks to the bottom and stays there, it is about three to six days old.

Sinks, but floats at an angle, it’s more than a week old.

Sinks, but then stands on end, it’s about two weeks old.

Floats, it’s too old and should be discarded

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Spice container w/ Rice = Happy spices


polentaRice absorbs humidity easily. The spice container with rice inside helps spices stay dry without forming into lumps.

Other foods, like spices, garlic, onions and sweet potatoes, require low humidity but higher temperatures, which also makes them unstable for storage in a refrigerator. Because it absorbs moisture easily, rice can be of great help here. In the design above, the cork lid of each spice container contains a small space holding rice, which helps to keep the spices dry without forming into lumps.

Veggie Shelf outside the fridge


polentaWe tend to think zucchini, aubergine, cucumber, etc. as vegetables but they are biologically fruits.

This shelf gives them a space to be outside the fridge. Also through the ritual to water them everyday, they will stay fresh.

While many fruits and vegetables benefit from the low storage temperature in a refrigerator (around 40 degrees F or 4.5 degrees C), this is not true for all of them. So-called fruit vegetables such as peppers, courgettes, aubergines and tomatoes require higher temperatures and decay more rapidly in the refrigerator. They need high relative humidity, though. The shelf pictured above gives these vegetables a suitable space. Through the ritual of watering them everyday, they will stay fresh. The water not only raises humidity but also cools the produce, assuring a temperature that is higher than that in the refrigerator but lower than that in the room.

KettlePizza Turns Your Kettle Grill Into A Wood Fire Pizza Oven


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The kettle grill has remained one of the most enduring grill designs since its inception back in 1951.  Which isn’t a surprise, considering how versatile they are.  With the KettlePizza, the humble kettle grill gains a new skill: cooking pizza like a proper oven.

Why not just use something like the BBQ Pizza Pan or cook the dough straight on the grate?  While you can hustle a pizza that way, in no way can it produce that classic wood fired pizza taste, which is exactly what this accessory gets you.

The KettlePizza is an insert that goes between the top and bottom part of a kettle grill.   Made from stainless steel, the fitting adds a thermometer (so you can constantly monitor temperature — important, so you don’t burn the dough) and a small front opening to the assembly (where you’ll put the pizza in).  The idea is that the heat starts in the rear of the grill bottom, flowing up the back and running over the pizza before exiting out front.  Provided you put the proper amount of fuel, heat should remain at a constant rate throughout the process, ensuring an evenly-cooked creation.

According to its creators, the chamber created by the accessory can maintain constant temperatures of 750 degrees Fahrenheit and more, which is ideal for proper wood fired pizza.  It can handle temperatures up to 950 degrees Fahrenheit.