Chocolate with a “kick” that is…in honor of Cinco de Mayo, let’s talk about Mexican Chocolate!
Unlike other chocolate which is “conched” – a process that silkens and refines the chocolate, Mexican chocolate is stone ground and has a more gritty texture. It will often be ground with a touch of cinnamon, and can remind the taste buds of molasses or coffee. You can most likely find the Ibarra, Taza, or Abuelita brands in the USA.
At Lula’s for Lunch…and More! Catering, I like to use Mexican chocolate in our mole sauce because it gives more depth to the flavor. You should give it a try! Now…go get your margarita on! Salud!
“Mothers are not short-order cooks. What’s on the table is what’s for dinner for the whole family. If you don’t like it, breakfast will be really good tomorrow.” -Cat Cora http://www.lulasforlunch.com serves really good breakfast today OR tomorrow!!!
You’re dying to know..you can’t fool Lula. What in the world ARE capers? Answer – capers, sometimes called caperberries, are the unopened, pickled flower buds of the trailing Capparis spinosa shrub that grows in desert regions. Most of these shrubs grow in the Sahara and surrounding regions. They can be found, however, in various climates that are dry and arid – southern France, for example, and any other place (Texas comes to mind) with similar climate.
There are 170 or so species, and we know they’ve been used in cuisine since around 600 BC. The younger the caper, the better. In France, gourmets pick the berries every two days off of the shrubs to ensure the best flavor. Capers are one of the primary ingredients in any “piccata” dish. Lula’s for Lunch..and More! Catering uses capers in our Chicken, Veal (it goes without saying free range!), Pork, and Salmon Piccatas, as well as in our Tuna Tapenade Salad and our Nicoise creations. You can find these selections at our Lula’s for Lunch website and order them any time – because capers come pickled they are not “seasonal” – though people tend to prefer light, refreshing piccatas throughout spring and summer. Which is happening now. Put a little piquancy in your life! Enjoy!