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Monday, July 18, 2011

Culinary School - Q6 week 1 - Latin


July 18, 2011

Menu: Sopa de pollo, corn tortillas, mole verde, arroz con verdure, flan naranja

Summary: This is our first week in Latin. The food this week seems like good hearty food. We will be making corn tortillas from scratch. We need to learn how to use the tortilla press, practice our stewing methods and also cooking custards.

Food: I thought the food this week was delicious. I love Mexican food, and all things Mexican so I am sure I will not only enjoy this class but get a lot out of it.

Sopa de pollo: Chef thought it was good. Very fresh and perfectly seasoned. The broth was sweet and tangy. The Chicken chunks were the appropriate size. We need to watch the temperature though. Hot soup should be served at 140° ours was about 130°.

Sopa de Pollo

Arroz blanco con verduras: Our rice was really nice. Fluffy and not overcooked. The corn kernels were separated. It was seasoned correctly. Overall Chef thought it was very good. I really enjoyed it.

Mole verde con hierbas: Our Mole had a really great flavor. The meat could have used a little more time cooking so that it would have been a little more tender. The sauce had excellent flavor. Everything was seasoned correctly.

Mole Verde y Arroz con Verduras

Corn tortillas: Our corn tortillas were good but some were a little too thick. You want them to be an equal thickness all the way around so that they will cook evenly. The dough was mixed properly and they were not over cooked or too crunchy.

Corn Tortillas
Flan naranja: Our flan had a nice flavor but the almonds should have been grinded more. Flan should be creamy and not have a crust. I think our oven was too hot, even though the temp was set at 350° as the recipe called for. Perhaps I also should have covered the pan with foil.

Flan Naranja


Carolyn Jung said...

The flan might not have turned out exactly like you had hoped, but wow, the mole looks wonderful. And I am a sucker for a good mole. ;)

barbie2be said...

Carolyn: the mole was SO good! you would love it!