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Saucy Faces

Sometimes, we eat spaghetti.

Did you know that grains, unless properly prepared, can actually be bad for your health, particularly your gut? For this reason, we try to not consume a lot of grains/pastas unless we soak them, but sometimes, you gotta go with the cheapest option ūüėČ

It was not only yummy, but also fun to photograph! I love their saucy faces.

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Coconut Hot Chocolate

I’m a very passionate person. I tend to passionately obsess over things. And coconut hot chocolate is one of them. So I want to share it with the whole wide world — or I should say all 4 of you that read my blog — you are missing something delicious in your life.

I think I might start a new Christmas morning tradition this year. Coconut hot chocolate on Christmas morning. Yum!

Here it is.

2 cups of coconut milk

1 1/2 tablespoons of powdered cocoa

1/4 tsp. of salt

1/2 tsp. of real vanilla extract

1-2 tablespoons of honey.

Heat it all up in saucepan until right before it starts to boil, whisking like crazy. Pour in a mug and fall in love. I like to add a little bit of cold coconut milk into the girls’ cups so it’s at a drinkable temperature when I give it to them.

Don’t let her face fool you. She loves it.

 

Part of Fight Back Friday at Food Renegade.

The day we pretended it was fall and made apple pie.

A lady at the famer’s market gave my mom a lot of apples, because there had been a hail storm and most of the apples were too “bad” to sell. Not knowing what to do with all the apples, my mom gave some to us. So last week, on a sunny, warm day, we pretended it was already fall and made some apple pie.

Oh, but first, we took pictures of our silly reflections on the bowl of apples.

After the silliness, we got to work. First, by washing the apples and then by peeling them.

Watch out for the black holes….

Most of the apples were perfectly fine, some of them had little imperfections, like a few bruises from the hail. That is a good reminder about our own lives, we all have imperfections, some bruised and battered from the storms of life, but just like the apple maker, our Maker, loves us just the same.

Once they were peeled, we got to cutting.

The Bundle ran enthusiastically to her room, looking for her pink and white plastic knife.

But the cute knife turned out to be dull… who knew? Mama came to the rescue and gave her a butter knife.

Much better…

Finally, I was done with cutting and we could get to the fun part.

I put the apples in a bowl (actually it’s clearly a measuring cup, but let’s just call it a bowl, it sounds better). Added some honey, cinnamon and a hint of nutmeg. Sweet, delicious gooeyness.

At last, it was time to make the crust. I start gathering ingredients, and what do you know, I was all out of butter.  Butter!

Instead¬†of drowning in¬†despair and selfpitty, my brain, for once, came to the rescue, riding in a white stallion. Ahem, sorry, I’m feeling poetic. So I used olive oil instead.

Okay, promise me you won’t laugh. I present to you my olive oil pie crust.

I said don’t laugh!

Okay, go ahead, who can blame you. The top crust was a lot better, I added more oil and more water. The end result was just devine. Really.

Happy first day of fall!

Blueberry Pops

Summer has been slowly creeping in. It’s been a weird year for weather, it should be hot, hot, hot by now, but all we have is wind. I’m not wishing for the melting temperatures, but I sure don’t like this wind!

We have, though, been enjoying summer-time treats. Like these homemade blueberry popsicles.  Easy to make, tasty and a way better alternative to those freaky, fake colored, fake flavored ice things.

Who better else to enjoy them with than a couple of your favorite people? The Bundle’s buddies in crime, her cousins. The Bug and the ropin’ Cowboy.

Finger lickin’ good…

They attract even the littlest ones.

The Pumpkin tries another go. “Maybe if I compliment his boots, he’ll give me some?”

Nope. Didn’t work, but we did give her a carrot to dry up those crocodile tears.

We think it worked…

Mmm… she’s not very sure.

So here’s the recipe, in case you need it.

I adapted it from one I found in this cookbook, I added and took something here and there. The book called for grape juice, but we only had apple juice so I added some of that instead, but it would have been fine without it. Honestly! The honey is enough.

Blueberry Pops:

2 cups of preferably fresh blueberries (frozen works too, I suppose)

1 cup of plain yogurt

2 tbsp of Tata’s honey

A bit of apple juice

Blend all together in the blender, pour in molds and try to wait patiently for the little cylinders to freeze. Tip: do it at night, right before you go to bed, so they’ll be ready in the morning. Saves many “are they ready, yet?” questions from some certain little creatures ūüėČ

For the little, little creatures, a carrot is fine. Or, you could blend some fruit and freeze it in the mold, we did it with mangoes and they were a hit! The Pumpkin sure enjoyed those. Don’t try them with strawberries, though, they turn out a little tart, make sure you add lots of honey to those.

So go forth and make some pops, and in the daytime, grab some people to share them with and sit in the shade. Live the good life.

Albondigas and homemade tortillas

¬†Albondiga Soup (or¬†meatball soup) is delicious, I love to add lots of vegetables to it. The meatballs can be made with any kind of meat you prefer, my favorite is chicken, and it’s what I’ve chosen for you today.¬†

Albondigas: 

First start a pot of water to boil, it really depends on how much chicken and vegetables you will add so measure accordingly. While the water boils, gather your ingredients. There are some vegetables you absolutely need to have, these are: tomatoes, onions, green chili, and cilantro. The rest are really up to you. I decided to add a carrot, potatoes, celery and some spinach to this one. 

  

Next you will get your chicken, preferably breasts and throw them in the food processor. (A word of wisdom: I was too lazy to dig up my food processor and used the blender. Not a good idea.) Add a clove of garlic, salt, pepper and a dash of oregano. 

  

You will also need a bit of this: 

  

It’s corn maza to make the chicken stay together, if you don’t have¬†it, you can¬† add a little bit of rice to the mix.¬†Blend it and dump¬†the concoction into a bowl.¬†¬†

  

Next, you will¬†roll¬†the meat into balls, you can make them¬†whatever size you’d like, I like mine on the small side. Roll them up and¬†dump straight into the water. While they cook cut up your veggies and throw them into the pot. Add some salt and pepper to taste and let it all simmer. Then serve and¬†prepare yourself for an explosion of flavor. ¬†¬†¬†¬†

 

  

 

In this next part, I will show you how to make tortillas to accompany your albondigas. It’s totally optional, of course, but if you make them, you will not regret it.¬†

Tortillas: 

You will need that masa I showed you earlier. There are instructions on the back that you can follow or just go by feeling the dough. 

  

  

Put some masa in a bowl then add a bit of water and mix with one hand. Slowly add more water while you mix, taking care it doesn’t get too watery. If it does, just add more masa.¬†

  

You will need one of these, to make your life simpler. It’s a tortilla press. Line it with some cut-up platic bags.¬†

  

 When you have mixed the dough throughly roll it into balls. They should fit nicely in the palm of your hand. Place it on your lined press and press.

 

 

 

Peel the top liner carefully, then pick up and place the tortilla on your hand. Unlined side down, like this. Peel the other plastic off and place on a hot pan to bake. The instructions on the package say to cook for about 50 seconds on each side, so go by that. The cooked side should look a bit like this. Then serve and enjoy with your meal. Mmm.

 

  

 

 

   

 

Fruity Milkshake

It’s not your typical American milkshake, because unlike those, mine are made of only milk (not ice cream) and fruit, and honey.

Simple as that.

And delicious, too.

I grew up drinking these, the most common ones are banana ones, but you can add any fruit you like!

 

So you pour two cups of milk into the blender. A whole banana, a few strawberries, a handful of blueberries. Add a half tablespoon of honey. Then blend and serve. Oh, it’s even better if you add some icecubes, yum!

Did I mention it was simple?