Sunday, November 1, 2009

Dia de los Muertos

In honor of my uncle's Frank and Chuck, who both loved a stiff drink and a good meal, I've decided to post a recipe of my favorite Dia de los Muertos meal which includes both liquor and an herb most abundant in Texas gardens, blooming now...oregano.
(Chicken Hominy Soup)
whole Buddy's Chicken (Organic/free range)
1 lg. red onion
3 cans white hominy, rinsed
1 lime (more to season)
1 head of garlic
1 carrot grated
pinch of finely chopped hot pepper
Several sprigs of fresh oregano
salt and pepper to taste
Saute onion, garlic, hot pepper and back-stripped oregano (about a tablespoon) in olive oil until brown, douse with white wine (a cup or so, then pour yourself another...) to deglaze the pan. Drop in clean, nekked chicken. Brown slightly then cover with water. Bring to boil, then simmer for several hours (how ever long it takes to 'melt' the meat off the bones.) About half an hour before eating, add the rest of the ingredients. I serve each bowl with half a lime on the side and fresh cilantro on top to garnish.
From my table to yours, enjoy! With love and respect for all souls visiting the dinner table and alters, you are dearly missed.
Happy Gardening!


The Curious Holts said...

Aw...I miss my Daddy so much. Sniff. He loved a good drink AND a nekkid chicken. Who's throwing the Guy Fawkes party, I ask?

cat said...

yum! definitely going to try this recipe..:)

texasdeb said...

This looks fabuloso CG. Thanks for sharing the recipe and here's to all our dearly departeds. Chin-chin!

Meredith said...

Sounds delicious. I might even try it today for Dia de los Muertos!

bob said...

It sounds great. Thanks for sharing.

Linda/Central Texas Gardener said...

Sounds yummy. On your Patrick abutilon, it's really in full shade? Renee gave me a Marilyn and I'm worried about giving it enough sunlight. Also, would love to tape your garden for CTG if you're interested. Linda

The Violet Fern said...

I so enjoy a stiff drink and a good meal ... this sounds delicious and I have some organic free range chickens just waiting for a hot soup bath! By the way, you have been hammered with the Honest Scrap Award. See my blog post "Egads! ..." for details. Please note that you are not obligated to participate and if you hate this sort of thing, I am truly sorry, but I do enjoy your blog.

Anonymous said...

Hi Cheryl, this sounds great. I like your measurement for the wine too. Nothings beats chicken soup! :-)

ConsciousGardener said...

Yes, Linda it's in full shade and it's 8ft. tall, and Yes, I'd love to do CTG! How fun!

Violet Fern: rock on! That is the coolest, I've got two stories in the making but I will jump on board...thank you very, very much!

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