Arepas de Maiz

On my Amazon wish list for my birthday I always have cookbooks as that’s an easy option for friends and family. This year I noticed Provecho by Edgar Castrejon and added it and it was as purchased for me by my sister. This is a very fun book that will be loved by those that abode gluten and meat. I’m making arepas inspired by his recipe in that book.

1 1/2 cups masa—-I use Tres Latino masa

3 Tbl nutritional heat

Salt to taste

Corn…canned sweet corn. 15 ounces

Water to adjust for the right texture

The arepas should come together like this

The corn gets a blender treatment before being poured in
The photo makes these look way thicker than they are but they are a nice 1/4 inch thick or so

For the green salsa…I toasted the ingredients below and gave them a whir and now they simmer a bit.

For the red sauce…

Roasted tomato, shallot, jalapeño, with garlic, rehydrated California peppers and Mexican oregano.

The two sauces

For the beans…

The beans are leftover “refried” pintos from another post. I added roasted jalapeño and some Chile soaking liquid to simmer and blend.

Other sides…

My curtido is crazy good after the extra fermentation time. Sadly, this is her last appearance.

I wanted something extra so I grabbed some salad shrimp that got dressed up with chili and some lime juice

Then I just loaded them up as a vehicle for the toppings

Pupusas with fermented curtido and salsa

I started this adventure a week ago as the curtido needs 2 days to ferment so the rest of the time it can hang in the fridge.

A half a head of cabbage, 2 grated carrots, and 2 garlic cloves

I did use 1 tsp of salt and 1/8 tsp of culture…plus about 1 tablespoon of Mexican oregano.

And she got treated to 3 days on the counter at room temp

The sauce starts with three anchos and one California soaking in warm water. Once they soften (retain the water) they are cleaned of seeds and hard stems and added to 1 big Roma and 3 garlic close, a dash of liquid smoke and a quarter of an onion in the blender. Adding soaking water as needed.

The sauce mixture goes on the lowest heat to simmer down by 1/3 volume then adding reserved chili liquid to reach a somewhat runny consistency.

I forgot to soak the beans in advance so they did a cycle in the Instant Pot on pressure cooker. After that I added my home made low sodium no chicken broth—substitute as you will…onion, garlic powder. Simmering slowly to eliminate liquid.

I just mush them in the pan so I have some solid pieces but mostly mashed.

The Pupusas were made with 2 cups masa and 1 1/2 cups water, and a little salt. My Pupusas were small and this recipe yielded 8. You just mix the ingredient and go for a Play Doh texture adding a little more water or a little masa if needed. I filled these with cheese—you can use any melting cheese you want really, but I had a white Mexican cheese.

My dough was rolled into 8 balls. Take a ball and press your thumb in to make a deep indentation. Fill that with about 1 Tbl cheese, close your hole and flatten the pupusa, which next gets fried. you can make this vegetarian by using beans instead of cheese as the filling.

I had a jicama sitting around so I cut that into sticks and sprinkles with tajin and lime.

Here’s the whole table:

The pupusas
Salsa, curtido and margarita
A pupusa with sauce and curtido. I like my curtido dripping over the top….

Pickle marinated tuna salad

I haven’t made this in a bit but was thinking about it coming home from work…

It’s your regular tuna filets marinated in picked juice before cooking.

After it’s looking a little cooked—-like 2-3 hours you can pan fry your tuna.

Once pan fried to just barely done, you can shred it to your liking with a fork. I’m happy with pretty decent sized chunks.

Next you add the fun stuff…1-2 green onions to taste, 3 or so Tablespoons of green olives, some sliced pickle to taste, powdered dill, salt and pepper to taste….and I dislike an all Mayo tuna so I use this: 1.5 Tbl Mayo, 1.5 Tbl lemon olive oil, and 2 Tbl vinegar of choice.

Mix it up and let it rest for like 30 minutes or more so everything marries well.

I served on a salad with some cucs, tomatoes and micro greens.

Shared first on What’s for Dinner Sunday:

The Lazy Gastronome
The Lazy Gastronome

Cultured Beans

This is batch 4 of my attempts at cultured beans. The first batch was black beans made with the fermentation liquid from a hot sauce batch plus salt. It was yummy but too salty for my taste. The second batch was creamy creamy white beans that I made with salt and yogurt whey and they were yummy but I must have put a dirty spoon by accident or something because after they were finished and I scooped some, they grey fuzz so I trashed them. Batch three were garbanzos made with buttermilk whey—they were okay but I’m not a fan of the buttermilk whey. So I bought some powdered culture. This batch is cannelini with salt and culture. They taste great going into the jar.

They need the skins busted open. They don’t need to be mashed but they do need the skin broken so the culture can get in. These beans soaked a day then I boiled them with dried garlic and some fresh rosemary.

Smash them up with the culture—about 4 Tablespoons and 1 Tablespoon salt. I used Cutting Edge Culture at 1/8 tsp/4 Tbls water.

Pack into the jar and leave it out 3 days….and fingers crossed that we have some magic.

Day two—24 hours
Day 3 it puffed up.

And finally they are ready for fun! These are super creamy with a nice sour bite and no overwhelming salt flavor.

“Meat” and Potatoes

A while back I made some meatballs using buckeye beans from Ranch Gordo. I was wondering what’s for dinner and I realized I had six of those yummy balls in the freezer and some potatoes and Brussels, so I figured I go meat and potatoes for dinner. The potatoes are smashed and fried with some roasted Brussels and a mushroom gravy.

Here’s the link to my original meatballs post-Bean Meatballs

Thanks for checking them out.

Lemon liqueur

I have a pile of lemons at our new home…I had planned to make limoncello as I did with grapefruit at our old house. But I wasn’t feeling it. I hinted around online and made a conglomerate recipe…

I actually used 6 lemons….all of them as this will be strained later.

I chopped them small/medium ish

I added 1 cup of sugar to the lemons

Then I poured in 1/2 the vodka and shook to dissolve. Then the rest of the vodka. This jar held 1/2 the bottle with the lemon bulk in it.

Soundly shaken again abs detached in a dark cabinet.

I feel like this will be far more lemony than limoncello! I’ll get back to you in 4-6 weeks

Myung Ga Tofu and Koren BBQ, San Bernardino

We headed east to visit the Riverside Farmers Market and the Mattel Store. After all of that and some failed auto repairs at home we found a Korena spot on Yelp that we had to try because they are not a dime a dozen in our new neighborhood.

Slipped in a regular strip mall is Myung Ga

It has all the usual suspects on the menu Soon Doo Boo, Ramen, Kalbi, Cold Noodles, Kimchi Fried Rice, etc

Hite has been reborn as Terra but they are out so I had a Cass. My first time with Cass. It’s fine…not as lite as I think of Hite…

The Banchan were pretty typical—daikon slices in soy sauce and jalapeño, kimchi, slightly ferment sprouts, a great spice cucumber pickle, and a pasta salad (the latter is not unusual but always confusing).

I opted for the Bibimbop with tofu…and make it hot at your own past sauce

Jim opted for the Tofu Stew with added Oyster..mild side with the ubiquitous bowl of rice

Overall this place is solid and we will return…