One thing I always wanted to try since I started writing this blog was to have a guest post, so I asked my friend Maria José from Ecuador if she could give me a hand with that and write one that I could share with all of you. As I mentioned in my last post, she writes a beautiful blog called: “Luna de Lavanda“, where she shares recipes, music and memories. She was really kind to send me one of her recipes, the story behind and the piece of music to accompany the meal. I think you are going to love it, she is a great cook and an awesome writer. Can’t wait to try this recipe myself!
Hope you enjoy!
Killa Andina- Andean Moon
Hominy tortillas with feta cheese
In a few months I will have been a vegetarian for 6 years. When I made the decision to become a vegetarian (and even today) people that I know or whom I just had casual conversations with always had a thousand reasons for me not be one: “you are going to get anemia,” “it must be so boring to just eat vegetables,” “when you get pregnant you will HAVE TO start eating meat again” (who said I want to be a mother to start with?), “but a nice piece of steak, don’t you miss it?,” “so you eat what rabbits eat,” “I know a guy who became a vegetarian and got anemia” (I know 10 who eat meat and have anemia, heart, liver and kidney problems), “you are going to die”… It is important, though obvious, to mention that 99.9% of these people did not have the slightest idea what vegetarianism is about or about how I nourish myself.
Also, they forgot that I live in one of the most diverse countries on Earth. I feed myself with the variety of food that my Ecuadorian soil has to offer me. Lupins, hominy, quinoa, lentils, radishes, green beans, bananas, avocados, tomatoes…well the list is almost infinite (and I have not even told you all the nutritional values each food has). All these foods are part of my ancestry and also of my present. Instead of eating hominy with fritada (pork), I eat it with feta cheese.
Ingredients (8 tortillas)
– 3 cups of cooked hominy
– 1 cup of feta cheese
– 1 teaspoon of salt
– 1 glass cup with a flat bottom
- Put the cooked hominy in a pot or bowl with a flat bottom. (You can buy cooked hominy or cook it the night before in a crockpot.)
- Take the glass cup and press the hominy. Press and turn repeatedly. Do this until there are very few lumps, I like to leave some of the natural texture of hominy.
- Add the salt and feta cheese. Knead with your hand until everything is well mixed.
- Make round or oval tortillas that are the length of the palm of your hand.
- Then, on a skillet with a little bit of oil fry the tortillas until they are slightly golden on both sides.
Music to accompany the meal: Son Chispitas- Mariela Condo