Pozole (Mexican Corn Soup)

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Pozole is a Mexican soup that is made with hominy, dried chilies, meat, seasonings, and garnishes. It is a delicious brothy soup that can be consumed all year round. At home, I make this soup quite a lot and it is always a favorite. Most of the time I make it vegetarian but every now and then, I use chicken breasts. The vegetarian version is yummy too. Regardless of the version you choose, I promise you will love it. The spice is just right and the crunchy garnishes add great texture. If you are looking for a soup that is exciting and full of flavor, then this is the soup for you!

Pozole

3 chicken breasts, cubed or any meat of your choice (I use vegetarian fry-chick from Worthington or regular chicken breast)

9 dried Guajillo chilies

1 small onion, diced

3 cloves of garlic

1 bay leave

1 tsp cumin

Salt to taste

3 cups of cooked hominy (canned is fine too)

Water or chicken stock as needed

FOR GARNISH:
Shredded cabbage
Sliced radishes
Cilantro
Lime wedges

DIRECTIONS:

In a small pot with hot water ( about 4 cups) place the garlic and guajillo pepper. Bring to a boil. Turn off the heat and let the peppers sit for about 20 minutes or until they rehydrate. While the peppers are getting plumped, work on your soup base and garnishes.

For the soup:
In a pot, on high heat, add some oil and brown the meat (seasoned with salt). Once the meat is seared, reduce the heat to medium high and add the onion, bay leaf, and cumin. Sautee until soft and add equal parts water and stock. Add enough liquid to cook the chicken through (about 2 quarts in all). Add the hominy and season with salt. Allow it to come to a simmer. While the soup base is cooking, place the rehydrated guajillo peppers  in a blender with all the liquid and garlic. Process until all is very smooth. Pour the chilie mixture into the soup pot and stir to combine. Adjust seasoning if needed and add water if needed. Allow the soup to come back to a simmer again before serving. Serve with all the garnishes and enjoy!

Happy cooking!
~Ana
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Afternoon Tea

Yesterday, I invited two of my friends over for afternoon tea. I didn’t want anything too overtop but I did want it to be special, especially because one of my friends had never had afternoon tea. I went with a  mismatched themed as I wanted it to be casual yet girly. I set the table with a white tablecloth and put a rose fabric topper made out of a thrifted piece of vintage fabric.

The centerpiece was a painted Mason jar with silk flowers. I would have loved fresh flowers but honestly, fresh flowers never last in my home. They are my cat’s favorite snack! I don’t support his addiction to eating  flowers, so I don’t tempt him by bringing them in. I wonder if they have a support group for people like me? Ha!

I used thrifted cloth napkins with the sweetest embroidered pink flower. Aren’t they so pretty?

Look at these beautiful little treats! I had my daughter help with making them and the decoration.

Afternoon tea is her favorite and she loves to help set up and decorate! A girl after my own heart!

I brought out this beautiful white teapot that my mamma bought for me last year. She got one to match for herself.

The sugar bowl is part of another set that was given to me as a going away present from some friends last summer. I love this set and use almost daily.

I served PG Tips again. I chose this one because both of my friends are coffee girls, so I wanted a full flavor tea.

Recognize this teacup? She has already made an appearance here.

I brought out my favorite creamer in my favorite pattern, Royal Albert’s Old Country Rose. A classic beauty!

I love the light reflecting off my pink depression plates. So pretty!

I served Lemon Curd Filled Vanilla Cakes with Vanilla Buttercream.

They were delicious! So moist and tangy from the lemon curd filling, and sweet and creamy from the vanilla buttercream. I love the fresh raspberry on top!

 

My daughter also made the Lemon Drizzle cakes. She wanted to make the recipe all on her own.

I think she did a great job!

I also served crustless mini quiches with peppers and dill. So scrumptious!

I brought out hats so my friends could wear them. They loved it!

We had a lovely time together chatting, sipping tea, enjoying all the lovely treats, and just having girl time. I asked my one friend who had never had afternoon tea how she liked it, and her answer was, “I can’t wait for the next one!” I think it’s safe to say she loved it!

Isn’t afternoon tea just so wonderful? I think so!

Enjoy!

~Ana

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Inspire Me Monday #1

I am starting a series called Inspire Me Monday. I will be showcasing things that have caught my eye or have inspired me through out the weekend. This week’s inspiration came from a walk in our town. We had friends visiting from out of state and we took them out for a walk.

How lovely are these Lupines? So beautifull!

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I was really blown away by all the shades of purple. I could not help photographing these lovelies. For some reason, flowers always leave me in awestruck wonder. How intricately beautiful they are!

I am so thankful that the Lord created them for our enjoyment.

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These petunias were in every planter around town. I wish I had taken more pictures, but I was too distracted chit chatting with our friends!

Seeing the petunias blooming makes me feel like Summer is slowly making its glorious entrance. I can’t wait!

What inspired you this week?

~Ana

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