Monday, December 14, 2015

{Foodie Post No. 2} Chile Relleno Soup & Floutas

Upon the request of one of my readers I am going to go ahead and post the recipes for the Chili Relleno Soup and Chicken Floutas in spite of having no pictures of the step by step process. I could hold off and post until I make it again but, who knows when that may be?

The original recipe I found on pinterest, actually I found someone who had reblogged it into a healthier version so I followed her link over to the origin of the unhealthy version: House of Yumm.
You are welcome to simply go over there for the recipe but after rereading her recipe I see I did one or two things differently, so, I will write the whole thing out here.

Chile Relleno Soup
5 Poblano Peppers
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 Tbsp Butter
One onion chopped
1/2 cup of Cilantro chopped
4 cloves of garlic crushed
1/2 cup Flour
2 cups Chicken Broth
1 cup Milk
1 cup Cream
1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Pepper
1 cup Shredded Pepper Jack Cheese
2 Eggs, divided
2 Tbsp Flour
1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil (or any frying oil)

To start off with rub a little olive oil over your Poblano Peppers and place them on a foil lined baking pan in your oven. Broil on High for about 10 or 15 minutes making sure to turn them to roast all sides. Once they are looking shrively put them into a ziploc bag (or paper bag) and close it to steam them.

In a 2 quart sauce pan saute the Onion, Cilantro, and Garlic in the Olive Oil and Butter. Once they are soft add the flour and stir until it is browned; about 2 minutes. Add the Chicken Broth, Milk, Cream, Salt, and Pepper. Bring to a low simmer.

Once your peppers have cooled enough to touch remove them from their bag and peel off the skin. Being careful not to shred the peppers, remove the stem and scoop out the seeds. Save two of the peppers whole, chop the other three and add to the soup. Continue to simmer 15 or 20 more minutes.

Whip your Egg Whites for about a minute, until frothy, and add the flour. In a separate bowl beat the Yolks.
Put your frying oil in a skillet and begin to heat.
Taking the two Poblano Peppers you reserved, carefully stuff a small amount of Shredded Cheese into each. Dip the stuffed peppers first into the Egg Yolks and then into the  Egg White Flour mixture. Add them to your oil and fry each side 1-2 minutes.
Add the rest of the Shredded Pepper Jack Cheese to your soup and scoop servings into two large bowls, place the Chile Relleno's on top of the soup and enjoy!

I had a lime so I squeezed some lime juice in the soup and over each bowl because what goes better with mexican cooking than fresh lime juice?!
I found the soup was more than two servings worth so if you want to take my word for it buy two or three more Poblano Peppers and make more Chile Rellenos. Also, you could just skip making the soup all together and just make the Relleno's because, if you're like me you'll agree that they are on the top of the "Best things to order at a Mexican restaurant' list and that is why you made this recipe in the first place.

Chicken Floutas
1 Chicken Breast shredded
Taco Seasoning
Cilantro chopped
Lime Juice
4 Tortillas

Add a heavy amount of taco seasoning to the shredded chicken breast. Throw in a handful of chopped cilantro and squeeze about half a lime's worth of juice in. Mix that all together and then evenly distribute it between the 4 tortillas and roll very tightly. Fry on each side until golden brown and crispy in 1/2 cup of oil.
I made these during the first few steps of the soup recipe and fried them in the oil the soup recipe called for. I then reused it for the Chile Rellenos.
Since these were done before the soup I put them in a pan, squeezed whatever was left in the lime over them and put them in a 375 degree oven to keep them hot and crispy for dinner.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I! Comment letting me know if you make it or do anything differently and share your result :D
A low quality picture of this meal but alas, it is the only one I took

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Life in December

Thanksgiving has come and gone and the end of 2015 looms near.
my dinner plate on Thanksgiving Day
Thanksgiving; as I predicted, was wonderful. I don't know about you but I enjoyed 3 days filled with feasting, reheating, and feasting again. I spent time with family and friends, played several rounds of Euchre, and just in general thoroughly enjoyed my favorite week of the year.
I also won NaNoWriMo, hitting 50k on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving I believe so I was able to focus solely on the food to be prepared.

I find it kind of odd but, for me, it is as if Thanksgiving marks the end of my year and the start of the new one. I mean, I still enjoy celebrating the actual beginning of the next year, I will soon be trading lists with mommy planning for that family feast of snack foods and then staying up New Year's Eve to watch the ball count down the last few seconds of 2015 and then wish my family a "happy new year" as we all start 2016 together. But, for some odd reason, perhaps because celebrating Christmas has never been a part of my life, Thanksgiving is the end of this year before the celebrations of the next. So since Thanksgiving has come and gone I find myself and the stalemate of the year, the days with out time, I simply wait for the new year to begin. 
I have pulled out the projects that all got set aside in November due to NaNo. I have been trying to work on them between feeding Jerusha, folding laundry, planning dinner, and keeping myself alive. Jerusha has been a sweet joyful baby while she is awake but recently she has been sleeping a lot, waking often demanding to eat.It has certainly been taking its toll on me, between her and growing another baby I find myself exhausted nearly always. It's not even that I want to sleep, I just feel so wiped out. I probably am not eating nor drinking enough to keep up with my babies demands let alone my own bodies needs. Here's to hoping I do better.
Success in projects include:
Hanging our 'Adventure' map and cork board on the wall, although we haven't traced our adventures in.
And that is it, I had finished braiding my t-shirt strips for my rug but found it to be too short so I am in the process of cutting more, I really hope to dedicate an entire post to that project, and SOON!
I took down our fall decorations and put up a few wintry ones.
I have a dresser for Jerusha now so that forced me to go through her baskets of clothes. I boxed up 6 - 9 month items and pulled out 12-18 month. Several of the 9-12 wont fit her much longer but I wanted to get a few more wears out of them :) After going through her clothes and putting them all in their place Jerusha's room is much cleaner and less cluttered.

I don't have much other news in my little bubble. Last night I made a yummy dinner of Chili Relleno Soup (Chili Relleno's being my favorite thing to order when we go to a Mexican restaurant) and Chicken Floutas and I really wish I'd have done step by step pictures and made a post out of it. I really enjoyed the dinner and found it to be much easier than I had expected (which is why I didn't bother to take pictures when I started ;))
Well this post must come to an end because a certain cheerful chubster is getting less cheerful without my complete attention... 

Oh, one other note; Wesley's Thanksgiving gifts to me were a curvy maternity pillow (I'm not exactly sure what they are called but they are a m a z i n g   and a new Bible. As sad as it makes me I was in need of a new one, my much loved 11th birthday gift from daddy had seen too much wear and tear and now as I juggle a baby in church it has become impossible to keep my old Bible all together. I hate to retire it so I probably will continue to use it at home but I have a struggle there as well. My new Bible came with a reading plan which Wesley and I have started and because I want to be familiar with my new Bible I'm using it, which I'm afraid has left my treasured most favorite Bible neglected :( I will find the balance.. I would also note that I am pretty picky when it comes to Bible's and Wesley did an excellent job trying to find one that meets my specifications.

And now off I go to mommy :)

I hope you enjoyed this installment of my bubble and hope that soon I will get back into the blogging groove and have topics for you instead of just rambles. ~Haley