Sunday 14 July 2019


In case you thought I'd forgotten about "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe" Mexican inspired food, Wrong! -  this time it's Pseudo-quesadillas. Now that may sound like something that'll respond well to antibiotics, but they're very tasty

Flour (Not Corn "Masa Harina") Tortillas, with Spicy Pork and Cheese

Ice cream and Fresh Raspberries

The Book

Monday 8 July 2019


More food inspired by Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
While I discover the secrets of -

Not  a how to guide or recipe, but the steps involved to get from ingredients to Tamales. It's not difficult, but there's lots of time consuming steps

The  pork  shoulder joint cubed and slow cooked overnight 
--then shredded (it's really soft, so just needs mashing with a fork) 

Stalk and de-seed the chillies

Boil 'em up for 15 mins or so to soften, add garlic and spices etc

Blitz and sieve the puree

add to the meat

Put the Masa Harina (flour) in a bowl , add  a bit of the chilli paste for colour and flavour, add lots of melted lard, and mix with some of the  "Broth/liquor" from cooking  the pork, and mix to a sticky batter like dough

Most recipes I've seen call for dried corn husks, I used fresh ones, soaked .

Spread a layer of batter in the corn husk, add the meat mix

Fold or fold/tie the husks around the mix
Stack them in a steamer, cover and steam for 90 mins or so

 --and miraculously, you have savoury, spicy little parcels, and,
Ari, (or maybe Benjamin) is right, they do heat up well in an oven

Thanks to Benjamin Alire Saenz, for the book, and the various recipes 
combined here to make these 

Thursday 4 July 2019

Aristotle & Dante discover the secrets of the Universe - Bejamin Alire Sáenz

Lovely book, and mentions a lot of Mexican food - Not something I've really tried before. The idea of "Menudo" a spicy tripe soup appealed to me - Not tried it with tripe yet, so it's only pseudo-menudo, but in due course it does get to have have the chillies and hominy corn -- 

Part One 

The book that started it all - and with version one, a red pepper spicy sauce, with chorizo

Part Two

With pasilla and guajillo chillies, and chicken

Part Three

With Mince and Black Beans

--and  leftovers

It's a wrap --