La Mesa Turquesa (The Turquoise Table)

 

I have joined the movement!!  The Turquoise Table movement that is.  Summer is here and what better than to gather around a table on a lazy summer evening with family, friends, neighbors an the FRONT of your house?

After seeing this air on the NBC Today show, I just knew that I had to follow.  Kristen Schell Author of The Turquoise Table, has inspired me to slap some paint on a table and gather my family at the front of our house and do whatever.  Chat, eat, play or just sit together in silence.  I too want to be #frontyardpeople.  Grab your own copy of her book and begin your neighborhood movement.

 

Harina De Maize (Cream of Corn)

 

Harina De MaizeA quick delicious breakfast to satisfy just about anyone.  This dish was a Saturday morning staple at my house when I was growing up.  I’m not going to lie, it wasnt my favorite but now that I am all grown up I realize that its not that I didn’t like it, I was just a kid wishing she could have what most kids in my neighborhood were having on a Saturday morning; a bagel with cream cheese, an egg sandwich or pancakes and sausage.  Today this is a treat.  Reserving time at my mothers table for this sweet cream on a Saturday morning is not an easy task.   To get this recipe exactly as she makes it, I had her make it in my presence so that I could actually measure the ingredients since she eyeballs EVERYTHING!  When I was around 12 years old, I remember asking for measuring cups, a cupcake tin and a whisk for Christmas simply because we had never owned any of those kitchen tools.   And still today, I can say that most Puerto Rican kitchens are yet to own these tools.

Take advantage of this beautiful fall weather and whip up a pot of this to enjoy with your family.  Let me know what you think.

Harina De Maize

2.5 Cups Milk

1.5 Cups Water

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup + 2 TBS fine corn meal

2/3 cup granulated sugar

  1.  Combine milk, water, cinnamon, salt and corn meal in medium pot.
  2. Bring to stove and cook on medium heat, continuously stirring until  thickened.
  3. Stir in the sugar, cover, lower heat and let simmer for about 5-8 minutes. or until your desired consistency.
  4. Enjoy

 

266

It has been 266 days since my last blog.  So I ask myself, how badly do I really want my blog to flourish?  Apparently not too bad.  We all know that things need time and dedication for a positive outcome.  Whether it be a recipe, a health goal, raising a child or in this case, a prospering blog.  Yes my life has been crazy busy with momming, wifing, cooking, cleaning , organizing, knitting, traveling and all the while running a small business.  Time is rarely a leftover in my life so having time to chat about it into the internet abyss seems very impractical.

I am hoping today can be the start of a new routine which will include sharing my thoughts, foods, tips and tricks right here on rainydaywaffles.  Stay tuned while I go conjure up some thoughts for the rest of the week.

Cinnamon Rolls

cinnamon rolls
This weekend we ENDURED our first real snow storm for 2016. It was cold and blustery and so perfect to curl up with some coffee and maybe something sweet. Thankfully, I had planned ahead of time and prepared some cinnamon rolls the night before and left them to rise in the fridge over night. I’m was hoping the amazing smell will rouse my boys and get them out of bed to prepare for some serious shoveling ( it DIDN’T happen).
Cinnamon rolls have been on my “most wanted” baking list but have always been reluctant about kneading the dough. But now I am the proud owner of a Kitchen-Aid Stand Mixer WITH a dough hook!!!!! Yeayyy!! My friend Ann assured me that life would never be the same. She also pointed me in the right direction for a great Cinnamon Roll recipe. The recipe can be found right here on Epicurious and I can also sadly inform you that each one of these gooey rolls carry 405 Calories!!  But who’s counting anyway???
Try them out for yourself and let me Know what you think!
assembling the rolls

Be sure to pinch the dough tightly as you roll so filling doesn’t spill out when cutting.

cinnamon rolls after slicing

I had one itty bitty roll left that wouldn’t fit in the pan so baked it in a ramekin and turned out fine. I’m thinking next time I’ll bake them in cupcake pan for easier serving.

CHANGES:  I OMITTED THE PECANS ALTOGETHER SO THE CALORIE COUNT IS A LITTLE LESS THAN I STATED. I ALSO BAKED THEM ALL IN ONE SQUARE 10 X 10 PAN SO AFTER BAKING THEM AT 375 FOR 20 MINUTES, I LOWERED THE TEMPERATURE TO 325°  AND BAKED THEM ANOTHER 15 MINUTES.

Time

It saddens me that although I am head first into my cooking and crafting on a daily basis, I have no time for blogging.  I am hoping that this short post will rekindle the relationship I have with my blog.  I haven’t shared ANY of my culinary or crafty inventions and I am so excited to start.  So please be patient and follow me as discover new recipes and projects.

The Crave to Bake

blueberry almond crumb squares

Most of you who know me know that since my weight loss journey, I haven’t been baking much. Well according to my kids, nothing good anyway.  But today I just had the sudden urge to do so and decided to take the blueberries (that should have gone into my Greek yogurt for breakfast), and turn it into something much more satisfying.  The plan was to take it out of my oven, place it on the counter and walk away.  It DIDN’T quiet work out that way and since that plan failed me, I figured out that one square of this heavenly smelling poof of sugary goodness cost me 309 of my daily calories.  oh but It was worth every bite!!

My INTENTION here was to make or replicate the rhubarb SQUARES we lavish ourselves with at BRIERMERE FARMS when we drive out to Riverhead, using blueberries instead of rhubarb.  I wanted a thin bar with more topping than a cake, but that also DIDN’T happen. On my next one I plan to use a larger pan to spread the batter a bit thinner and get more squares, making the calorie per serving much less! I’ll keep you posted on that!  For now, try these.  You’ll love them!

 

Blueberry Almond Squares

2 Cups all purpose flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

6 Tbs salted butter, softened

3/4 Cups granulated sugar

1 egg

1 1/2 tsp vanilla

1 tsp almond extract

3/4 Cups buttermilk

2 cups fresh blueberries

Crumb Topping

1/2  Cup light brown sugar

1/2 Cup flour

1/2 Cup butter, cold & cut into large cubes/chunks

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 Cup slivered almonds

  1. Preheat oven to 350° and butter a 10″ square cake pan.  Set aside.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl begin making the crumb topping by adding all of the ingredients to the bowl and cutting with a pastry cutter until it resembles coarse corn meal, but chunky. Refrigerate until ready to use on the cake.
  3. Begin the cake batter by combining all dry ingredients in one bowl.   In another bring the sugar and butter to a cream then add egg, vanilla and almond extract.
  4. Alternating the flour mixture and buttermilk, begin adding it to the butter mixture until well combined but not over mixed.  Now add the blueberries and fold in gently.
  5. Carefully transfer the mixture to the prepared cake pan and using the back of a large wet spoon, spread evenly.  The mixture will be stiff like a dough and not like runny like traditional cake batter.  Spread the crumb topping evenly on top and bake for about 45-50 minutes.
  6. Cool down and cut into 12 squares.  Enjoy!

Ceviche Mixto

ceviche

It’s Saturday August 15, as I sit in the sweltering heat with a mild hangover.  I’m hot, hungry and cranky with the oddest of all cravings. Yup! you guessed it; for a nice cold bowl of Ceviche.  But not just any Ceviche, Colombian style Ceviche.    Yes, I could have just gone off to my favorite local Colombian Restaurant restaurant and bought a container full, but no, of course not!!  Instead I head to my local market and start to gather the ingredients to what my palate recollects.   The final product was AMAZING!!!  Maybe not exactly the way their’s taste, but in my opinion (and my husbands) BETTER!

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Its the perfect pack-able meal for a hot summer evening.  I divided the Ceviche into mason jars along with a bag full of my FRESHLY MADE CROUTONS, and headed to the lake for dinner.

Keep in mind that I don’t know how to make small of portions of anything, so feel free to reduce the amounts to half if you prefer.  This recipe made at least 8 cup servings.  Traditionally,  Ceviche is made with raw fish and allowed to cure with the lime juice.  I couldn’t bring myself to consuming raw fish so all of my seafood was cooked  thoroughly.   Try it out!  Let me know what you think!

Ceviche Mixto

2 lbs. large raw shrimp,  peeled & deveined

1 lb Red Snapper Fillet

1 lb Calamari rings & squid

1 Tbs + 1 tsp Salt

1 tbs Red wine vinegar

5 limes, juiced

1/2 Cup Red Onion, diced

2 Garlic cloves, minced

1 bunch cilantro

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp Pimenton dulce (sweet paprika)

8 oz mild cocktail sauce

3 Cups tomatoe juice

4 oz Goya Spanish style tomato sauce

Avacado Slices for Garnish

 

1. Begin by prepping all of your seafood.  Peel & devein shrimp,  cut calamari into rings, rinse fish and cut into large chunks ( hand palm size).  In a large pot bring water to a boil, adding 1 tbs salt and vinegar to water.  Drop shrimp into water and let cook for just a minute or so removing with a skimmer or slotted spoon.  Repeat the same process for the calamari and fish using the same water.  Be sure to remove the skin from the fish after its cooked.  The idea here is to cook your seafood but not over cook it.  Use your judgement.  I personally do not like under cooked food, especially fish.   Let Cool.

2.  In a large non reactive lidded container (I used a gallon size mason jar), place your seafood and begin adding all of the other ingredients in that order.

3. Cover tightly and begin to shake  and move the container lightly until all of the ingredients have incorporated.  Shaking or stirring too vigorously will break apart your fish and make it mushy.  Be sure that your seafood is covered completely in the liquids but not drowning or watery.  Tomato juice can be added if needed.  Let it cool completely in the refrigerator for at least 3-6 hours or overnight.

4. Serve & Enjoy

 

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