Latin American cuisine knows yuca very well! I was thrilled to see that my local supermarket here in Colorado is selling it raw.
Yuca is a tuber very much like the potato. However yuca is king for me and most of Latin American cuisine. It has a wonderful texture, it’s great for “sancocho” ( Colombian soup filled with multiple meats and cooked slowly for many hours.) To help illustrate, maybe our dear Louisiana gumbo may be a distant cousin of Sancocho.
To enjoy yuca you don’t need to cook a stew like sancocho, since yuca goes well with grilled beef or chicken and it’s perfect with scrambled eggs or omelets. Also, if you can get to some Latin American cheese (Mexican, Peruvian or Colombian) then yuca and cheese is the best snack!
The recipe for boiled yuca is very simple.
Peel the yuca and wash well. Set enough water to boil but make sure you add 1 tablespoon of salt and 1 white onion in big chunks. It will boil for at least 30 minutes but you will know it is done when you take a knife and it goes through easily. Texture should be soft.
Some like to fry yuca after it’s been boiled and serve as a side to a meat ( beef or chicken) , instead of potato fries.
I hope you may find it and try it sometime. It’s my favorite!
Here is my first Nutella dessert ever! My kids love nutella, and I knew anything with nutella would be a hit at home.
The recipe is very simple and easy. I made it easier by using store bought pie dough. It saved me over 40 minutes of prep time.
1/2 cup sugar; 2 tablespoons of flour ; 3 eggs; 1 teaspoon of vanilla; 2 cups of clear, light corn syrup; 2 tablespoons of melted butter; 1 cup of nutella; 1 cup chopped nuts ( I used pecans and almonds, and you may add your favorite nuts here.)
Get a medium size bowl to mix ingredients. You don’t need a mixer, mixing by hand with a wooden spoon works great!
Let the Melted butter cool down so when adding to the mix the eggs don’t become scrambled.
Place the pie dough on a medium size pan for the oven. Set it aside.
Start by adding the sugar and the flower.Mix well. Crack and whisk the three eggs in a separate bowl. Once they’re well whisked, add them to the sugar and flour mix. Mix well again.Next, add the vanilla, the melted butter and nutella. Mix well. Last, add the nuts.
Pour this mix into the pre prepared pan with pie dough.
Bake for 1 hour at 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
Once it’s done you must let it set for 30 minutes before cutting.
This is mine after “someone” cut a piece out before I had any chance to let it finish setting and serve! 🙂
Coffee is one of my weaknesses. I love coffee warm (or hot) best! Coffee shops offer cold drinks which are very nice and I enjoy them every once in a while, but I still prefer my traditional cup of hot coffee.
This picture shows me (look at the metal part of the machine) taking a picture while the coffee machine finished a delicious cup of cappuccino for me. It was delicious!
I come from a family of coffee drinkers and my Dad’s routine included waking up at 4am and preparing his own coffee brewed on the stove. All in my family started having coffee as soon as jobs started. My husband and I love coffee as well, and we make it a point to buy good coffee to brew at home. Colombian coffee has been our favorite always. This cup of cappuccino was made with Colombian coffee by the way. Every time we travel we look for coffee and we like to try new flavors and strength levels, and we always end up with Colombian coffee being our favorite.
I don’t have a coffee cake recipe or any recipe of my own to share. I am not a fan of tiramisu as for me coffee is best as a hot drink. Therefore I will share my favorite things to put in coffee and other tips.
Add a drop of an aperitif, your favorite one, to coffee, instead of sugar.
Instead of adding cold packets of cream to black coffee, I add low-fat milk and then heat up the coffee for 30 seconds in my microwave.
Brown sugar is my favorite to add to sweeten my black coffee.
I am not a fan of spiced coffee, but I do like a very little bit of nutmeg or all spice on it.
In the end, in all honesty, my best thing to do is to have a delicious cup of coffee with a friend! 🙂
Cold weather makes me want to eat freshly baked goodies. It is Spring but we are still getting cold nights in the 30s degrees or lower. I wanted an easy recipe that would be loved by all in my family. So I started with pancakes and turned them into cupcakes. 🙂
My very Easy Recipe:
Prepare the pancake mix per box instructions.Add 1 TSP pancake syrup, 1 egg, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/2 cup flour and 1 tsp vanilla.Pour into pancake pans. Bake for 25 min at 350 degrees Farenheit. Serve with pancake syrup and butter.
This recipe came out of a hat! I was trying to come up with a coconut recipe with chicken, but one that would be simple and of my own. Here it is, I hope you like it. My family did! 🙂
Ingredients: Chicken legs or thighs (2 per person), salt, pepper, 1 can of coconut milk, 1/4 white onion, cooking oil.
Start by using either chicken legs or thighs. They will naturally add much more flavor to this dish.
Season chicken with salt and pepper (approximately 1/2 TBSP of salt and 1 tsp of pepper.)
Add some oil to a hot pan at medium heat.
Add the chicken and let it brown on all sides.
Add white onions (1/4 of an onion) cut in rings or julienne.
Add 1 can of coconut milk. You can find these in the Asian aisle or International aisle at your local supermarket.
Add 1/2 TBSP of brown sugar to the sauce in the pan.
Make sure the liquids cover the chicken half way through. If you need more liquid add water and 1 tsp of salt.
Put a lid on the mix and lower the heat to low. Let it continue to cook for 30 minutes and check that the liquid does not evaporate. You may need to add water and salt to make sure you end with a sauce.
Suggestions: When ready, serve with white rice or potatoes, and a green salad.