Keep calm and drink champurrado!

Keep calm and drink champurrado!

During the holidays or on winter nights mexican champurrado is a great drink to feel warm and cozy on the fireplace. Grew up on this drink and I love it! Here is a simple way to make it.

Ingredients: 1 Champurrado mix, 3 cups of whole milk, 1 tsp of vanilla extract, 7 whole cloves, star anise, half of piloncillo, 1 whole chocolate of abuelita or chocolate Ibarra, (1 circle) 3 cinammon sticks, 1 can of nestle evaporated milk & sugar to your liking.

Instructions: Mix each ingredients one by one. I start with liquids first, whole milk, evaporated milk, champurrado mix, cloves, star anise, sugar, tsp of vanilla extract, cinnamon sticks, half of piloncillo, bar of chocolate. If you don’t have piloncillo substitute it with 1/2 cup of packed brown sugar. whisk it.

Heat over medium heat until boiling. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered whisking ocassionally about 10 minutes or until chocolate is completely melted and sugar is dissolved.

Serve immediately and Enjoy!

Provecho! 🙂

Black Eye Pea Soup for your Fortune & Abundance!

Black Eye Pea Soup for 2014!

Last year’s home made black eye pea soup. Very healthy, delicious and history says it brings prosperity!

A couple of years ago I was introduced to eating this healthy hearty bean soup other known as “Black eye peas” from an ex boss and had also seen an article on a woman’s business magazine! According, to southerners this should be the first thing to eat on NEW YEARS DAY for luck and prosperity throughout the year.

History says that this dates back to the Civil War. Black-eyed peas were considered animal food (like purple hull peas). The peas were not worthy of General Sherman’s Union troops. When Union soldiers raided the Confederates food supplies, legend says they took everything except the peas and salted pork. The Confederates considered themselves lucky to be left with those meager supplies, and survived the winter. Union soldiers near the town of Vicksburg, Va. burned all crops except the peas; thinking they were animal feed, the soldiers did not bother them. Residents discovered that the legume was the only thing left to eat; they adapted it into their diet, and black-eyed peas were therefore considered the food of good fortune. Peas became symbolic of luck.

Black eyed peas contain calcium (41 mg)  folate (356 mcg) protein (13.22 g) fiber (11.1g) and Vitamin A (26IU) among other nutrients, all for less than 200 calories.

Their shapes resemble coins, but most importantly they swell as you cook them, much as you want your wealth to expand. You can also add collard greens on the side to symbolize money and corn bread as gold. (Southern recipe)

You will need the following:

Ingredients:

4   slices bacon or andouille sausage
1   medium onion, chopped
1   (16 ounce) package dried black-eyed peas, washed
1   (12 ounce) can diced tomatoes and green chilies (serranos or jalapenos)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 cup water

Directions:

In a large saucepan, cook bacon until crisp or andouille sausage. Remove bacon, crumble and set aside to use as topping for peas.  Saute onion in bacon drippings until tender.  Add peas, diced tomatoes and green chilies, salt, chili powder, pepper and water.  Cook, covered, over medium heat for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until peas are tender.  Add additional water of necessary.

Garnish with avocado (yummy)  This soup is really tasty as it is, but I LOVE avocado and add it to anything! 🙂 Enjoy with your loved ones!

Cheers to your Prosperity and Abundance!