Mexican Food

Posole, which is sometimes spelt pozole, is a traditional Mexican food recipe and this soup dates back hundreds of years. This dish is made with corn, meat, and seasonings including chilies. The meat might be chicken, turkey or pork rinds. There are also vegetarian and vegans versions of posole.

The ingredients of this dish changed a little after the Spanish began to arrive in South America but corn remained a popular ingredient in most of the recipes. You can get it in Mexican restaurants in the American southwest as well as in numerous Mexican states. Corn was sacred for the Aztecs, so posole was prepared for special occasions.

Turkey Posole

Heat three tablespoons of oil in a big pot and cook two diced yellow onions and two chopped, de-seeded, fresh poblano chilies in there until they are tender. Stir in two minced garlic cloves and cook for two minutes.

Add a tablespoon of chili powder and two tablespoons each of dried oregano and ground cumin. Stir in two quarts of turkey broth, four cups of cubed cooked turkey, a four ounce can of chopped green chilies and two fifteen ounce cans of drained, rinsed cannellini beans.

Add two fifteen ounce cans of drained white hominy and stir well. You can add a little more water if necessary, to ensure everything in the pan is covered in liquid. Taste the mixture and add salt and pepper if necessary. Bring the soup to the boil, then turn the heat down and let it simmer for an hour, so the flavors can blend. Stir it a few times during the cooking process.

Vegan Posole

Very few traditional Mexican foods are vegan because Mexans love meat, fish, and animal products like eggs, cheese and cream, but if you are a vegan you can still enjoy Mexican food, as this tasty vegan soup recipe proves.

Simmer a diced onion, three sliced carrots, and three minced garlic cloves in half a cup of water until the onion is soft. Add three cups of vegetable broth and let the soup simmer for five minutes or until the carrots are tender.

Add half a teaspoon each of salt and cumin, a teaspoon of chili powder, a pinch of black pepper, a chopped red bell pepper, and a fifteen ounce can each of crushed tomatoes and hominy. Simmer the soup for twenty five minutes, then serve, garnished with fresh cilantro.

Seafood Posole

Heat a tablespoon of oil in a skillet over a moderately high heat. Saute a chopped onion in there for five minutes, then add three minced garlic cloves and stir for half a minute.

Add three cups of clam juice, a cup of salsa verde (it might be labeled as tomatillo salsa), a fifteen ounce can of white hominy (drain and rinse it first), two tablespoons of finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes in oil and a tablespoon of grated lime zest. Simmer for five minutes. Let the mixture cool down, and then bring it back to a simmer.

Add a pound each of horizontally halved sea scallops and peeled, de-veined, uncooked jumbo shrimp and three tablespoons of chopped cilantro. You can add more clam juice if the soup is too thick. Simmer the mixture until the seafood is done, then season with salt and pepper and serve with more cilantro sprinkled over it.

Cooking Traditional Cuban

fd3Cooking Cuban Black Beans

In 2007 my family was finally reunited after a long separation. As the older female I was cooking traditional Cuban Food. Imagine my surprise when my grandson’s wife said “Do you know that a lot of your recipes are very popular in Canada?”

Of course I was very surprise, since I have never visited Canada. She continue to explained that my grandson had given her one of two of my recipes, and that she in turn gave the recipes to her mother, who passed the recipes to her family and friends.

As I was remembering this day. I decided why not share some of my recipes with my Squidoo friends.

My first recipe is for Black Beans Cuban style.

What you will need:

1 bag of dried black beans
1 Large Onion
1 Green Pepper
2 garlic cloves
Olive oil
Salt & Pepper optional
1 teaspoon of sugar

Soak the dried beans overnight or at least a couple of hours before cooking.
Wash and Rinse the beans drain the soaking water.

Start cooking the beans with 4 cups of water at high heat until it starts boiling and then reduce to med heat.

Cook the beans for about 45 minutes or until soft.

Cut or chop the onion and the green pepper and the garlic.

Saute onions, garlic and green peppers with 2 tablespoons Olive Oil

Add salt and Pepper to taste. ( the traditional black beans are a little heavy on black pepper)

My fathers recipes added one teaspoon of white sugar to the mix (optional)

After the initial 45 minutes of cooking the water should have decreased and the beans should be soft add the sauted onions, green pepper, garlic and salt and pepper.

Cook on med low for about 25 to 30 minutes and the Black beans should be ready now.

Tips:
When you first start to cook black beans you may find that the soup has not thicken, there 2 ways to remedy this problem.

Add about a 1/4 cup of instant mash potatoes to the beans and stir till thicken, or use one tablespoon of corn starch either one of this methods should to the trick nicely. As a soup, place black beans in a bowl and add a side of the following: Finely chopped onions or scallions, and extra olive oil (Virgin and cold press is best) some gourmet restaurant also offer a side of sour cream. How to serve Black Beans.

You may also puree the black beans on a blender and serve with the above side dishes.

The traditional way of serving black beans Cuban style is to serve the beans with either a side dish of white rice or over white rice.

A traditional Cuban meal consist of Black beans, white rice, beef, chicken or pork. The other traditional side dishes are fried plantains.
tostones or Yuca.

Flavors of Aphrodisiac Foods

Aphrodisiac foods can be due to many different things. The most traditional aphrodisiac foods or the most well known are chocolate and oysters. It should be noted that most aphrodisiac substances work by the power of suggestion as there are very few foods that actually can bring about sexual arousal.

Chocolate is a very popular aphrodisiac foods as it contains many stimulants including phenethylamine, tryptophan, sugar and theobromine. Tryptophan can block pain and increase pleasure and when you fall in love the brain releases phenethylamine. However the quantities of these compounds found in chocolate is very minute and the aphrodisiac side of chocolate may be sure to its stimulant properties.

Oysters have been associated with eroticism for a very long time because of their appearance and texture. However it is most likely the high zinc levels found in oysters that make them an aphrodisiac food. If you are deficient of zinc then you run the risk of being impotent or having delayed sexual development. However if you are not zinc deficient then it is unknown how oysters can help with your sexual arousal.

Many fruits and vegetables are considered aphrodisiac because of their shape and appearance. However to maintain a healthy sex drive you need to maintain a healthy, nutritious diet and a healthy diet is full of fruits and vegetables. However no direct links to specific products is currently known.

Aromas are what can increase the level of arousal and in men the aromas that did this include cinnamon buns, cheese pizza, strawberries, vanilla, buttered popcorn, lily of the Valley, doughnuts, orange sand black liquorice. For women aromas that increased arousal include baby powder, banana nut bread, chocolate, cucumber, candy, pumpkin pie, and liquorice. The products that contain sweet spices tend to have more success at increasing arousal as sweet spices work by decreasing anxiety.

Aside from foods, you can also use herbal extracts or supplements that act as aphrodisiacs and add them to your diet. The trick is to use them on a daily basis so that they are constantly active in your system… meaning when the time comes you will be ready to perform no matter what! Sexual health, just as general health is extremely important for a balanced lifestyle, so when buying foods and supplements to help in that department, it is wise to use organic produce that is free from pesticides and GMO products that may actually do you more harm than good.