guest star tamales September 30, 2007

Filed under: blueberries,chiles,chocolate,corn,food,kale,nectarine,tamales — insomnisnack @ 10:40 pm

These were twice inspired (and you’re both in PA). The first one is “curly’s kale, corn and queso tamales” (not the sum of ingredients, but I wanted to capitalize on the alliteration). I wanted to make an extra special kale tidbit (even better that it lives in a cozy wrapper!) to honor dear, sweet Larisa who is the sole reason I’m blogging at all, and the curliest kale I know. ❤ The second is “shauna-shortcake mixed fruit tamales.” Shauna, I will not disclose the meaning of your nickname, but if I may tell a side story…I visited Shauna (& Skimmy) in LA many years ago, and during that trip we went to a food stand. ‘Member? It could have been free standing in a neighborhood, or at the farmers market. Anyway, we had dessert tamales with fruit and white chocolate inside. (!) I think of that experience often. So when I was thinking fruit, creme and dough I thought, “shortcake” and therefore, Shauna. Now that I’m finished with the back story, here’s the savory one in prep. The filling consists of kale, green onion, jack cheese, corn, shredded squash, and green chiles.

kale corn queso tamales

And the finished plate (The Tomatoes shown on vacation):

kale corn queso tamales with chiles, green onions and Tomatoes

The dessert tamales have cinnamon sugar in the dough, and blueberries, nectarine, and extra dark organic chocolate inside. shortcakes mixed fruit tamales

and here is the finished version with crème fraîche and dutch cocoa dusting.

shortcakes mixed fruit tamales with Crème fraîche and cocoa


futurefood: lavender + chiles September 7, 2007

Filed under: baked goods,chiles,dessert,food,ice cream,lavender,produce,shortbread — insomnisnack @ 10:11 pm

As promised in last post, I am still having foodleftovers (though no beer). During this holiday from new recipes, allow me to introduce my new friends! First, meet Lavender. Lavender lives side by side in identical row houses, and knows just how to calm my nerves when I’ve had a long day. I once replicated a batch of vegan lavender shortbread that I had at Millennium. Very tasty indeed, and just one of the many delicate dishes I plan to prepare once I harvest Lavender. I’m also thinking… ricotta gelato with Lavender and lemon zest. Or, keeping in the frozen dessert theme, trying my hand at Bi-Rite Creamery’s “Honey Lavender” ice cream. I don’t care how long the line is. Wait your turn and get yourself a cone or cup! Thank you, Lisa, for the gift that keeps on giving. I can’t wait for Lavender futurefood!! (Note to Lisa: I was scouring my computer for a photo of you, and the only known one I have is from graduation…if I find it, no when, it’s going up.)


My other foodsidekick is Chiles. We met on a walk a couple of weeks back. Apparently Chiles is inedible (!), having been raised with toxic pesticides and such, but I’m told Chiles offspring are safe (how?). I might try my hand at propagation – or look for an organic pepper companion for Chiles at the Farmers Market. Everyone wins, including my liver and other organ filters!