Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Getting in touch with my Hispanic roots

One day I hope to be able to speak Spanish fluently. I know a lot of food-related words in Spanish and can say whether we are eating at the restaurant (por aqui) or taking it to go (para llevar). I'm also learning how to read and comprehend Spanish.

Until I can speak Spanish, I'll make yummy dishes to stay connected to my roots. :D
I've made several Mexican dishes (carne guisada, chile con carne and caldo de res). I've made flour tortillas, but I really wanted to try my hand at corn tortillas.

On New Year's Day, Dan made carnitas (little meats) de (of) pato (duck), rice, beans and my mom and I made corn tortillas. We also made salsa. Yum! Talk about a delicious way to ring in the New Year. :)

We bought fresh ground corn masa (dough).

Roll Masa into balls and let them rest

Place the tortilla ball on top of a piece of plastic on the tortilla press
Put the other piece of plastic on top of the tortilla ball and press handle down
Apply a bit of pressure to ensure ball is spreading
Release handle, lift tortilla press and see your perfect raw tortilla

Carefully peel off tortilla and throw on a warm comal (griddle)

2 Different Salsas (1 Tomatillo & 1 Pico de Gallo)

Carnitas de Pato (Duck)

Now be honest, how many of you out there didn't know I was Hispanic (Mexican)? :D


Katy said...

YUM!!! Seriously, bring some of that stuff to Iowa!

And I knew you were Hispanic, but didn't know what specifically.

Francisco said...

Delicious Recipe. You might not Speak Spanish, But you know how to make Delicious Mexican Food with the right Tortilla Press Yummyyyyy. Thanks

Jessica said...

My mom used to make fresh tortillas!!! I miss that.

My mom's family is from Mexico and my dad's family is from Puerto Rico. Both my parents speak spanish fluently but for whatever reason they did not teach me or my brother. I really wish they did because my language acquisition skills suck and even though I've tried to learn to speak spanish, it hasn't gone very well! I can only speak very broken spanish :( So sad.

Anonymous said...

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Amanda said...

Yum! That looks so good! I've always wanted to make tortillas.