Thursday evening, we had a church gathering at my house. This year we are trying to promote self-reliance so each month we are doing different meetings on different aspects of the theme.
Thursday's meeting was, "20 ways to use Rice and Beans". I had about 15 different packages of beans, about 4 of rice, of course. There are many more types of beans and rice, but I was concentrating on what I mainly use.
I showed how to start beans from scratch, how to make quick and easy refried beans, how to make Spanish rice (I added shrimp and mixed vegetables to it), and how to make Rice Milk.
I also shared El Salvadoran Tamales.
I had made Posole for dinner for us, but had made enough to share. I was asked for the recipe, when I realized it was not on my website...so here it is...
Posole or Mexican Corn Soup
Native Americans make a traditional Indian Corn Soup which is similar; however, the Mexicans use Hominy which gives a different taste and texture. Both are good.
First of all, I cook the meat with the salt, pepper, garlic, and onion in about 2 quarts of water, on a medium boil until the meat is extremely tender.
I then add the hominy, other seasonings, diced tomatoes with green chilies, and enough Ragu to flavor and thicken the broth and cook for about 10-20 minutes longer.
Add more water as needed or cook off water if too watery. You do want it to have plenty of broth and it should stay thin as the garnishes will soak up the soup and make it thicker. But, you do want the broth to have a really rich flavor so the garnishes will not over power the soup.
Garnishes of your choice (can prep while meat is cooking):
The garnishes are what make Posole unique. Normally, just the simple soup with pork and hominy is served, and the add-ins, or garnishes are set at the table for everyone to choose from and add to their soup what they like.
The soup should have lots of broth, because you are going to pile it up quickly with shredded cabbage, thinly sliced radishes, chopped avocados, cilantro, onions, and squeezed lime juice.
More hot sauce or chilies can be added for those who like it hot. So delicioso!
Many recipes call for Red Chilies, but a Mexican woman made this recipe for us in Houston without them and I like it best.
To print just the recipe, go to: Posole
It was a nice evening of good food and great company, and hopefully, something learned.
Last night, I went to the emergency room with Maria and her two babies. Alexander was crying and rubbing his eye. She had already called me two times that afternoon about his eye. I was afraid that maybe something/debris was caught on the lid and perhaps doing damage to the cornea. The eye is too delicate to mess with. I told her, "Let's go, and check it out."
He is better today...what a relief. We still do not know for sure what it was, but eye pain is intense as I can testify and should always be checked out.
I worked Monday through Thursday, did errands, laundry, cleaned my mom's room, etc.
Monday after work, I was going to drive to Dallas to pick up David and Rebeca (they were at their cousin's) however, a mutual friend or ours was in Dallas for her daughter's doctor's appointment. She took them on to her house and I picked them up in Duncan, Oklahoma.
Duncan is an hour and a half from our home, whereas Dallas is 3 hours away. the only thing, though, is when i arrived at their home, Rebeca and David were playing outside playing with 6-8 of the cutest, fuzziest puppies ever.
Somehow, Fito and I were talked into letting David bring one home, so now we have another dog. He named him Brew, and he is part Austrian Shepard and part Gran Pyrenees. One big ball of fluff.
Brew and David. Brew is about 9 weeks, he's going to be a big dog.
Douglas sent me these photos of Celeste mowing the lawn with him. She wants to do everything that mommy and daddy do. They send pictures of her doing the dishes, doing laundry, etc.
I tell them they had better enjoy such enthusiasm now as teens are not so
Actually, Fito just called and told David that he and Elizabeth need to go mow.
Our lawn is about a four hour job, but they are on riding lawn mowers which is even more fun.
Maria and Greyson outside on a warm day this past week, as he needs the sun for his jaundice.
Wednesday we had an ice storm. This is Oklahoma's crazy weather! One day, sunny and 70 degrees, the next day, icy, cold and hovering at 32 degrees all day. Since Oklahoma is in the center of the country, the south warm moist winds meet the cold winds coming down from the north.
The result is ice storms which are incredible beautiful, but damaging too, as they break tree limbs and down power lines. Tornadoes are a result of such fronts, as well.
The ice storm pictures came from:
May we each find the beauty in each trial is my prayer.