Sunday, January 17, 2010

The Sweet Smell of Sunday...

Talk about a super Sunday. Not only did I run, coach gave me 2 runs today. The first was long enough to unravel all the mystery's that seem to pop into mind when you are running long enough to escape into that "zone". The sun was rising, the surfers were just paddling out, and the day had that fresh smell of plumerias and farmers markets. The second run was as the sun was going down, it was short enough to go barefoot, but of course I didn't, you know what I mean though, some runs you wonder why even put on shoes. It was perfect though, like a second breath of fresh air.
Between the runs was of course more running with Kainoa at the beach, farmers markets, and all the little things that make a little boy happy. Today we even skipped nap time to make sure we didn't miss a single moment of this Sunday. My friend Leahi caught us enjoying a walk too, we had no idea she was watching us from across the way with a camera, but I love this foto, just me and my boy hand in hand all day long...
For today's kitchen adventure we made empanadas. They are so easy, that little idea that it takes all day in the cocina is not true...well, not for this gringa. Here is the recipe simplified:
Get corn flour (Maseca is BEST!!) Really, no need for measuring cups, just combine water (we use the liquid that our beans soak in or chicken/veggie broth and combine it with the Maseca until it turns to a "play dough" thickness, not too runny, not too dry. Then add in all the flavors you like. We put hot Mexican seasoning, garlic powder, a bit of sea salt, onion powder, and some Hawaiian seasoning for that zippy veggie flavor. Roll it into a ball, let it sit while you prepare your fillings. Anything goes, beans, rice, chicken, beef, refried beans, cheese, cheese and spinach.
2 options when filling... spray a plate with non-stick cooking spray or use flour. Flatten out your Maseca into a large circle. On one half top with your filling. Fold over the other half and press the edges together with your fingers, simple.
For cooking you have some options too. Fill a fry pan with oil, enough to totally soak the empanada, this is how it's done in Central America. It cooks faster this way but I am not big on full-fried. The other option is to lightly coat the fry pan with oil and keep flipping the thing over till it gets cooked. The inside filling should all be cooked before so no worries on completely frying the thing. Just "gentle" fry... it saves a lot of calories but takes more time.
A little something I learned too, when frying choose your oil wisely. Olive oil is great, but NOT on high heat, it loses all its nutrients. You have to choose an oil that is made to be on high heat (because you fry them on HIGH). The coconut oil is my favorite as it takes on high heat really well.
Finally, find a 3 year old to do your dishes, add some veggies and enjoy!


Blogger Oscarjet said...

Buen domingo ! que grande esta! parece un triatleta corriendo en la orilla,esta muy fuerte...abrazos!!!

January 17, 2010 at 10:22 PM

Blogger ADC said...

Such a great photo of you and Kainoa. So natural.

January 18, 2010 at 12:59 AM

Blogger ONEHOURIRONMAN said...

Can I borrow your dishwasher?

January 18, 2010 at 4:31 AM

Blogger Michelle said...

Yumm those look so good, can't wait to try them! Your son is too cute!

January 18, 2010 at 4:56 AM

Blogger t-odd said...

I have a 7 and 9 year old that can't remember to clear their dishes much less rinse them off or wash them. It must how they are being raised (damn.)

What great day for you and the boy.

January 18, 2010 at 8:13 AM

Blogger Dave said...

Virgin olive oil also fills your whole house with smoke on high heat, as we found out the hard way. :)

Cute pics, and we might have to try that recipe!

January 18, 2010 at 9:06 AM

Blogger Kathleen @ ForgingAhead said...

What a perfect day full of amazing blue colors!

January 18, 2010 at 9:07 AM

Blogger Regina said...


Now I know my kid is old enough to do the dishes!

January 18, 2010 at 10:29 AM

Blogger CoachLiz said...

Empanadas are the BOMB! I made some last Thursday for supper. Super fast and super yummy! I make mine with pie dough and then bake them in the oven for 15 minutes. No frying involved.

January 18, 2010 at 1:42 PM

Blogger Running and living said...

Absolutely impressed with your son!

January 19, 2010 at 4:49 PM

Blogger Kaitlyn's Mom said...

Looks like you stopped at the scandanavian shave ice place. Mmmm. Miss that place. I'm making empanadas next week! Thanks for the recipe.

January 22, 2010 at 10:32 PM

Blogger Jamie said...

I love that pic of Kainoa running on the beach. The shadows look really cool.

You are getting pretty artsy with your pics Bree.

January 23, 2010 at 2:42 AM


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