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  1. Those both sound delish! I've never heard of stuffing peppers with a sweet filling. Sounds amazing! Are these smoked pasillas similar to Moritas? I would imagine they're not as hot.
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    Guacamole

    1 large ripe avocado 1 handful chopped cilantro (1/2 cup?) squeeze of 1 lime pinch of salt to taste And nothin' else...well, maybe a jalapeno and a teensy bit of minced garlic if I'm feeling frisky. Halve and pit the avocado, cross-hatch with a paring knife and scoop out the flesh. I use the side of the spoon to cut into the guac. to incorporate everything. Keeps it chunky. I have to say, when it comes to guacamole I'm a simple gal. Less is more. Why cover up that beautiful sweet avocado with a bunch of other flavors? When I lived in So. California I had two mature avocado trees in my backyard. I remember harvesting about 200lbs one summer. I was known as "the avocado lady" at work bringing shopping bagfuls to pass around. Needless to say I ate avocados on a daily basis. Guacamole, on sandwiches, salads or just sliced in half, sprinkled with salt, a squeeze of lime, drizzled with olive oil and a SPOON! Those were the days...sigh.
  3. Thanks, you guys and for the spanish lesson! That's funny, I had that exact salsa on hand this evening. I was going to make roasted tomate salsa but didn't have enough so I added a couple jitamates to the roasting pan. I used jalapeno instead of serrano, though, and a clove of garlic and onion. Also whiz banged it in the machine with cilantro. Really good.Anyway, here's dinner! I just took the basic ingredients and ad libbed the rest. The pozole didn't really bloom and could've cooked a bit longer in the broth but I liked the texture. Kind of had the same "al dente" as with risotto. I used our home made chicken broth and added a spoonful of chipotle salsa I made to give it some depth. For the toppings we had the sliced cabbage, red onions and lime, then my ad libbing with juliened roasted poblanos, queso fresco, cilantro, salsa and a little daikon radish (didn't have red ones). It was really good! I'm sure tomorrow the pozole will have bloomed and taste even better soaking in the broth overnight.<table width="700" border="0" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="0"> <tr> <td><img src="http://www.geocities.com/michele_graybeal/pozole.jpg" width="300"></td> <td><img src="http://www.geocities.com/michele_graybeal/carnitas.jpg" width="400"></td> </tr> <tr> <td><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><br> pozole soup with carnitas</font></td> <td><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><br> here's the carnitas simmering away</font></td> </tr></table>
  4. Well, I know what I'M having for dinner tonight! On the other thread I started about masa I mentioned I found the dried pozole (nixtamalized) corn, at least I realized that's the corn I had. I tell ya, your kitchen will smell like heaven when you get these simmering away. I've never tasted the canned pozole. I imagine the dried cooked ones would taste better...no? So, soak the corn for a few hours then simmer for a couple more? Like beans? I think I'm going to try the carnitas version tonight since I can get a couple more dishes out of them. The table salsa esperanza is referring to, is that the one that's almost like a red sauce for pasta? Sauteed onions, garlic, tomato but with the addition of jalapeno? Or is it roasted first?
  5. That just made me laugh! How about some cheeks from the other end, I would've said. That's the kind of thing that needs to happen to me. I wouldn't go out of my way to order head soup. But plopped in my bowl without a chance to say, "er, uh, no thank you"? My pride would tell me get over it and dig in even if I was feeling icked out. I think I'm going to change my avatar... I have had chicken feet for Dim Sum and loved them. So, go figure.
  6. "Funkily"...I like that one. Can't says I've ever had pork head (intentionally). I'm sure, as in most head cases, it's awsome. Is this a whole head or a disassembled one? Would it be looking back at me? Sometimes the whole face thing gets to me...unless it's a fish or a lobster...
  7. Today I had the opportunity to chat with Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger (of Border Grill in Santa Monica, CA and Las Vegas) and they mentioned a great recipe for Pozole with Carnitas. They quickly ran down the ingredients so I'm not sure the method but it sounded simple enough. You just shred your carnitas and add pozole and chicken broth, topped with shredded cabbage, lime juice, chiles, queso fresco...I think that was it. Anyway, Carnitas is my favorite so always looking for new ways to eat it. This sounds good to me! They also talked about tacos from Merida that sounded incredible...but that's another story!
  8. Wow! So sorry you didn't have a good experience. We were there last night as well, our second visit, and had a great meal as expected. We were situated next to the palm tree in the middle area. Not the best seat in the house but I didn't care if we sat on the floor, I was so hungry for tandoori chicken! Service was great and attentive. We ordered the Tandoori chicken (incredible), the Dahi poori (really unique taste, to me), Palak paneer (so, so) and Fish Tikka (really good). They do take your request for heat seriously, which most Indian restaurants will go a bit on the conservative side. We said "we're not afraid of heat" but just make it how the chef prefers. Our server just said, we'll make it hot for you" So, okay, we'll see what happens. Yep, our paneer was, very spicy! I've heard that in India they don't really adjust the spice to the customer's taste. They just make it the way it's supposed to be. I kind of think Palak paneer isn't supposed to be THAT spicy and subsequently took away from the dish. Overpowered it really. So next time I'll order it mild. But everything was great, for us. We even ordered a second Tandoori chicken to take home. I too noticed the two Indian families there and on our checkout at the door I overheard them saying it was great to the maître d'. Must have been one of those wierd glitches in your case I guess. Go back for lunch and order the Tandoori chicken and maybe a cold appetizer. That way you're only spending a little dosh to sample, in my opinion, really great Indian food.
  9. After reading about it here on the forum we decided to check it out last Tues and had a great meal. The server was very nice and knowledgeable about the dishes. We started off with some cocktails which, to me, were reasonable at $6.95. I had a Lichee/Vodka drink which was really good. We had both the hot and cold appetizers. Our favorite was the cold one. The pooris were very tasty! However, I thought the hot appetizer was a bit over priced, but really good. For mains we ordered Butter Chicken, Saag Gosht (lamb in spinach), Shrimp Masala, Bhindi Masala (okra) and the best Tandoori chicken I've ever had! You only get two pieces and priced accordingly at $6.95 but I'd gladly pay more for a larger portion! Amazing. Also had the spiced fries which they don't have in Toronto. Different for an Indian restaurant but really good, none the less. All the dishes had their own distinct flavor, as a lot of the curries in Indian restaurants seem to taste the same after a while. The other thing that's great is you get naan or rice included with each main dish which, in most restaurants, you have to pay extra. We also ordered desert: Kulfi, Chai brulee and Gulab Jamun. All three were fairly good but I have had better Gulab jamun down on Main/49th. It's great to have such a good Indian place only five minutes from us, too. I will definitely return and looking forward to trying the Fish Tikka!
  10. Bombay Behl on Hastings in Burnaby Heights - best tandoori chicken I've ever had
  11. That's funny, we were there last friday and my boyfriend was having a hard time hearing me, too...also having slightly compromised hearing (for the same reasons). We were in the "tunnel" in the two-seater against the striped clad wall. (Really love that funky chandelier over the dining table!) I do love a lively restaurant but sometimes some noise reduction is in order. Maybe draped fabric on the walls would help in areas. Anyway, Chambar, so far wins for design and feel for me. Really comfortable and warm. Great lighting, albeit a little dark to see the food, but necessary for that "gemutlich" feeling.
  12. Just a quick note - the masa turned out excellent this time. I let the masa sit over night and processed it a third time the next morning and came out much finer in texture. Nice and fluffy too! Made a couple tortillas and they were great! Chucked it in the freezer for later use. It's nice not to have to go through the liming process. Now off to make the carnitas!
  13. Thank's esperanza, yes, I don't give up easily! So, in response, I've never made pozole nor bought a can of hominy so I can't compare but I'm sure you're right. I just simmered and simmered until they seemed soft enough to grind up. A few started to "flower" but I didn't want them to because I thought it would affect the texture of the masa...maybe too mushy? Anyway, I whized them in the processor like before but didn't get as fine a grind this time. Although they did soak overnight in the last batch. I'll give them one more time in the machine today and twist up a couple tortillas. The rest will go in the freezer. The grit, (germ?) or tan pointed tip, softened up just fine in the cooking process. Didn't make a difference once ground up and the little flecks actually makes the masa look "authentic" from what I'm used to. I've read some Mexican cooks remove them but that's way too much work! By the way, made home-rendered lard yesterday, too. Makin' carnitas for this weekend! I may add a drop of two to the masa for flavor. Yumm!
  14. Starting over. Here's the corn. Does this look like it's been "nixtamal-ized"? I bet that's the case. I've brought it up to boil, simmered it and now it's just soaking covered until it's soft enough. I did read over the other thread about Pozole which has been helpful. Wish me luck!<br><table width="30%" height="332" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="2"> <tr> <td><img src="http://www.geocities.com/michele_graybeal/whitecorn.jpg"></td> <td><img src="http://www.geocities.com/michele_graybeal/nxtamal_kernals.jpg"></td> </tr></table>
  15. LOL! Thanks, Jamie! Haven't picked up that much of an accent. I must admit I've thrown in an "eh" occasionally...and was just starting to get into hockey then that "thing" happened. You can congratulate me, though! I have officially landed as of yesterday! Woohoo! As for a drawl in California? I'm not sure about that. I guess I don't really hear it do you? Probably more down in LA. (like, woah, man...trippy) but not so much in the Bay Area where I'm from. But of course, we're far superior.
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