Saturday, November 27, 2010

Chipotle Cranberry Sauce yummy!

Chipotle (left) and regular (righ) homemade cranberry sauce
So I decided to experiment this year with some cranberries and made my own Cranberry sauce. I thought hard about what to put in it, and while doing some work at the office it hit me. I was holding a bottle of squeezitos (a chipotle paste my company makes in Mexico) so there it was. Why not? there is chipotle pretty much on everything these days.

I did the sauce pretty similar than a regular homemade cranberry sauce but added chipotle paste, garlic and a little cumin. Here is the recipe for the base sauce as well as the chipotle version.

Ingredients for base:
12 oz of fresh cranberries
1.5 cups of sugar
The juice from half a lemon
A touch of cinamon to taste

For the chipotle, you will also need one big garlic clove (minced), one teaspoon of cumin, chipotke paste to taste - I used 2 spoonsfool for a medium kick.

So here is how to make it.

Wash the cranberries with fresh water, good cranberroes will float and bounce when dropped - this is really fun to see!!!

In a heavy pot put the cranberries, the sugar and thelemon juice and heat on middle heat until sugar melts. Soon you will see the cranberries begin to pop (yes they do pop), and the mixture begins to bubble. Cook for 5 minutes until bubbles are gone.

At this time add the rest of the ingredients and cook for about 5 minutes until it starts to thicken. I recommend that if you are doing chipotle, add a little but at a time, taste it and if you like it hotter add more. Also, the longer you cook it the thicker the consistency of your final product, so if you like it runny, do not cook it too long.

And that is it!!! put it on a container and you can refrigerate it for a few days, or you can can it if you want to keep it for longer.
Chipotle Cranberry Sauce

Regular homemade cranberry sauce

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Super - Our Pieris Rapae Butterfly: A diary of her life

Our little girl found a small green caterpillar about 3 weeks ago in our Brussell sprouts patch. She played with the thing the whole day. We took her shopping, to the park and everywhere we went that day. Caterpillar almost did not make it when she fell in the floor of my car, hopefully it was found somewhere in the back seat. On the way back to the house, my 4 year old girl says to me: Mami,  I would like to keep the caterpillar, please go to "www.caterpillar.com" and find out what do we need to do so she does not die!!!!

 So at home I did exactly that. I found our green caterpillar was indeed a butterfly and not a moth. She was indeed a Pieris Rapae or European Cabbage White. We got her in a jar with some sprout leaves and a stick. My daughter wrote her love notes every other day. In about 1 week and a few days she made her little cocoon and we had a pupa.


It took another 2 weeks until this morning we woke up to find a beautiful butterfly in our jar. She is a she, as she has 2 black dots on each of her whity yellowish wings. Our daughter called her Super! as a she is such a Supper butterfly!! As she is really out of season, we could not let her out as she will probably freeze at night, so we kept her in. She has flown all over our house today and we caught her and put her back in her jar with some honey and apples to spend the night.

This is how we found her this morning


It is a girl! A Super girl! You can tell by the 2 dots on her wings

The shell from her pupa




A picture for pupa
It has been such a fun 3 weeks and a great experience for all the family. It is so amazing to see mother nature at work!


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