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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

PASCUA WITH DELICIOUS "BADLY COOKED" MILK PUDDING!

Heb. Pesach, Eng passover, the passing. In Spanish, it refers to Christmas (Las Pascuas de Navidad) , Easter (Pascua), Pentecost (Pascua de la Florida, Pascua de la Resurrección or La Pascua del Espíritu Santo), which takes place seven weeks after Easter Sunday, or the Grape Harvest Festival (Pascua de los al-Asir), which is celebrated between the saint’s day of St. Augustine, August 28th (see vendimia). It was an Arab outdoor celebration, dancing and music, zambras (popular songs) accompanied by lute, tambourine and Walladh, (popular dance, predecessor of the popular Andalusian dancing called OlÈs), castanets, guitars and percussion instruments to accompany Zegeles and Moaxajas (types of popular rhythmatic couplets). In all three religions there were festivities the first half of September celebrating the harvest or the moon but they could be anywhere from the saint's day of St. Augustine, August 28th to Michaelmas on the 28th of  September when there is a full moon. 

[Benavides-Barajas. Alhambra. 1999:55 and Castro. Alimentación. 1996:103:269:276 etc]

See blog titled "Leche mal cocida," published October 23, 2015, for a delicious variation of the same recipe.
  
 BADLY COOKED MILK ADAPTED FROM NOLA’S xxxi-4 LECHE MAL COCIDA[1]

Ingredients

"Badly Cooked" - Nothing, a splendid pudding!
Photo by: Lord-Williams
1 c almonds
1 slice of crustless bread
¼ c rosewater
1 qt chicken broth[2]
4 egg yolks

Garnish:


½ tsp cinnamon
1 tsp sugar
mint leaves (optional)

Preparation

Blanch almonds in boiling water. Remove skins and grind in a food grinder with a crustless slice of bread soaked in rosewater. Add broth and bend well. Strain through a cheese cloth into a pot. 

Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add beaten egg yolks. Stir four times and pour the mixture until dessert bowls. Rosewater is always good in many dishes.

Garnish with a mixture of sugar and cinnamon.


[1] Recipes with eggs denoted celebrations especially following Lent when animals were procreating and it was prohibited to eat meat and animal products including milk and eggs. Easter was celebrated with egg dishes. In spite of the title, this recipe could have been used on Easter Sunday.
[2] It is assumed that broth is needed to make almond milk.

NOLA’S xxxi-4


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