Spicy poll pork arepas sandwich

 

 

Ingredients:

  • Pork Butt
  • White wine
  • Dried chilies (New Mexico and ancho)
  • Onion
  • Garlic (couple of cloves)
  • Cumin (to your liking)
  • Dry Oregano
  • Bay leaf (2)

1. Use a skillet to toast dry chilies on both side, and then add boiling water until pepper is  soften.
2. Puree the chilies pepper (or finely chopped them), and reserved a cup of water used for soften the dry chilies.
3. Preheat oven to 350F
2. Cut the pork shoulder into 3 to 4 inches cubes, and rub kosher salt over each piece
3. In a dutch oven brown the pork pieces, and set aside for later
4. Use the same dutch oven with some fat rendered from previous browning process to sweat onion, then add pork,  chilies puree, garlic, and half cup of white wine. Shimmering for couple of minutes, add cummin, dry oregano, and then water or chicken broth till two third of the meat was merged under the liquid.
5. Cover the dutch oven and put it into oven for 3 hours.

Arepas

Use Arepas instant flours to make Venezuelan style arepas, 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of warm water not boiled, a pinch of salt.

Preheat oven to 400F, use skillet to lightly brown the outside of the aprepas, and then put into the oven to cook for 15 minutes.

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Go local and seasonal veggies!

Usually by the time i got to the Saturday Denton Community Market, most veggies, goodies were already sold out. Not this time!!! I managed to get up early enough this Saturday, and the reward was tremendous. Not only, i treated myself with a cup of fresh carrot and ginger juice for breakfast at the market, but also got enough vegetables and fruits for the week: beets, zucchini, squash, peaches, pearl onions, potato, tomato and sun flower seeds sprouts.

I always want to experience with using predominantly seasonal and local vegetables for cooking. Last summer, I almost manage to live off eating the tomato, cucumber, swiss chard and okra from my garden except August (too hot for anything except okra). This summer, although peppers and eggplants were doing okay, the tomato and cucumbers harvest were too far in between. What a bummer! Fortunately, the Denton community market could fill in the blank. Let’s see how long I could go on without (almost :D) frequent kroger or costco.

I am starting a new weekend project to try out or create some recipes that would utilize what are available.

Recipe for Saturday: Zucchini Pancake from food52.com (final result photo below)

Zucchini Pancake

Zucchini Pancake

 

Austin Food Carts Trip One

This is my first Austin Food Carts crawling trip, and definitely will not be my last. Here is my google mapping for the trip

Tasty stuff all around the town, and so far no item i have ordered were over $8. Lee’s and mine belly were so happy, and they have decided there really is no reason (almost) to eat elsewhere other than the food carts when visiting Austin.  Salute to those Austin weirdos! What a genius concept! Now our foodies find one more way to satisfy the taste bud without paying for the high price tag of prime real estate, and, sometimes, pretentious services. Just about every food cart we visited, we saw happy cooks working diligently in those tiny carts, and delivering some fantastic menu items with, surprisingly, great quality.