Leche asada de mama

So I can finally tick another item on my 31 before 31 list (link) which is item number 5 where I had to make my very first dessert. I don’t have much of a sweet tooth but if there is one thing I truly enjoy eating is my mum’s Leche Asada. And since I love it so much I decided to attempt making it myself.

8 eggs
1 litre of milk
Vanilla extract (1 tea spoon)
Ground cinnamon (1/2 to 1 tea spoon depending how much you like cinnamon)
1 cup of white sugar

So we’ll start by making the caramel first.

It’s best to make it in a pot which is non-stick to avoid the caramel sticking to the pot. So first you wet the sugar, just a drop or 2 of water. Then put the pot with your sugar on the stove and set to medium/high heat. Leave it there until it starts to dissolve and turns golden and then you can start mixing it. Once it’s nice and golden pour the caramel mixture in the container where you’ll be baking your dessert and try covering the entire base of your container. Then let the caramel set and we’ll start preparing the milk mixture.

So get your hand held mixer and beat your egg whites until you get a nice hard consistency. Once you have done that, add your egg yolks one by one and continue mixing.

Warm up your milk and add the vanilla extract and the ground cinnamon. Then mix your milk with your egg mixture slowly, one large spoon full at a time.

Once the milk mixture is ready, place it in the container where you have the caramel. So you’ll end up having the caramel in the bottom of the container and the milk mixture on top of that.

Warm up your oven at 200 degrees for 10 minutes. Then turn the temperature to 180 degrees and put your delicious milk mixture in the oven for 45 minutes. After 45 minutes you’ll have the most delicious dessert, at least in my opinion….

This is the mixture before it goes into the oven

This is what it looks like after it’s been in the oven

This is the finished masterpiece!

As you can see, I made mine very thin but that’s because the container I used was quite big so the mixture spread over a bigger surface giving me this flat dessert. I would recommend you actually use a smaller container with a deeper base so you end up with a thicker dessert, which in my opinion, is a lot nicer.

Delicious mangoes

In the last few days I’ve been enjoying eating the most delicious mangoes for morning tea. Even though I really like them just as they are I think it would be great to try something a little different. I thought maybe I could try making something like this…. It looks delicious!

For the Salad:
2-10 oz. bags of baby spinach
2 mangoes, peeled and cut into a medium dice
2 avocados, peeled and cut into a medium dice
4 scallions, sliced
1-2 heads of Boston (or butter) lettuce
½ cup toasted pine nuts

For the Dressing:
1/4 cup raw or regular sugar
¼ cup white vinegar
1 teaspoon vegan (no anchovies) Worcestershire sauce
¼ teaspoon paprika

2 tablespoons poppy seeds, lightly toasted
2 tablespoons sesame seeds, lightly toasted
¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
grated zest of one orange
½ teaspoon fine sea salt, more to taste
½ teaspoon dry mustard powder
1/2 cup light olive, grape seed or canola oil

Mix sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, paprika, mustard powder, orange juice and zest together with a wire whisk. Slowly add the oil while whisking the mixture briskly to emulsify.

Before assembling the salad, taste the dressing, adding more salt, if needed. Chill dressing before serving.

When ready to serve the salad, mix in dressing to taste. Save extra dressing in fridge for at least one week. Toss and top with the toasted pine nuts.

Serves 6-8

Recipe from: Delicious and Kosher.

Jelly bean ring

In doing my research for my previous post I found this jelly bean ring. This ring would be perfect for the type of people who need to carry their own supply of sugary treats wherever they go. Great idea!

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Potato peels

Speaking of interesting flavours… The previous post actually reminded me of the time when I was caught eating potato peels under the table. I was only a few years old then, so I now tend to eat better foods than that!  I knew mum wouldn’t let me eat it so I hid under the table to eat dirty potato peels. I remember thinking they were quite nice… I guess my tastebuds have never been quite ‘normal’ since childhood. What strange things have you eaten?

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Intriguing flavour

At work we had a big glass jar full of jellybeans that someone won in a jelly bean guessing competition. I’ve never been a big fan of sweets and lollies but I enjoyed having a couple of jelly beans in the afternoons. As you probably already know, jelly beans come in all sorts of colours and flavours but there is one flavour in particular that has got me completely intrigued. There is a green jelly bean that tastes quite strange to me and I would describe it as a subtle combination of dirt with lemon flavoured dishwashing liquid.

Now you might wonder if I’ve ever tried either of these ingredients, and I must confess that I have. I’ve had plenty of dirt especially as a child. As for the dishwashing liquid, I don’t remember ever deliberately tasting it but I swear I can taste it just by smelling it. Anyway, despite my description sounding rather unfavourable, I must say that I really like it! Weird I know, but the flavour is quite interesting…

What weird flavours do you like?

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