I started out trying some purple corn flour for breakfast, as an alternative to my usual steel cut oats:
|Mama Tere Purple Corn Flour|
Simple and it works. I think oats remains my favorite, but it is an interesting alternative. Sometimes I am just in the mood to deviate from the routine.
TortillasNext on the list is tortillas. Who knew there was more to it than the Guerrero, or Old El Paso and others at the supermarket... Some people still make these fresh at home... and the difference is that the supermarket brands are full of preservatives, but if you make them fresh, that's quite a different story!
MasaThe story begins with Masa, which is the corn flour that is made from corn kernels soaked overnight in typically calcium hydroxide, which softens and makes it more nutritious. From that you can make the dough for tortillas - you merely need to rinse it and grind it up and then mane the masa dough. You can roll it into balls and flatten them with a frying pan or a tortilla press and then all you need to do is to cook them in a frying pan or on a griddle.
Here is a good article on the whole process, from a website called Mexican Please. It is worth reading, also regarding his experience with store bought tortilla flower (masa harina).
This month, our cooking class will be Mexican inspired dishes. We will not be making our own Tortillas, but hopefully we will manage to have home cooked tortillas thanks to two fresh tortilla makers in the area, La Milpa in Yonkers, or
Tortilleria Nixtamal in Queens.
For our cooking class, we will prepare some Mexican style dishes, to be enjoyed with real tortillas!
Oh, and look what comes up on Nutrition studies if you look for some Mexican dishes: