Farm Fresh

… Fresh on to the farm. Here is an occassional chronicle of a new family in a small town.

Stinko de Mayo

We did a house progressive. We were teh second house and everyone was already drunk. Good thing I made jalepeno poppers (snake bites) and horchata (recipes from saveur).

INGREDIENTS

⅓ cup long grain rice
1 1-inch piece Mexican cinnamon
2 1-inch strips lime or lemon zest plus grated lime zest, for garnish
1 cup whole blanched almonds, lightly toasted
1½ cup sugar
½ tsp. pure vanilla extract

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Put the rice in a blender or spice grinder and process until it’s completely pulverized, with a flourlike texture. Transfer into a large container and add the cinnamon, lime zest, and almonds. Stir in 2 cups water, cover, and let sit overnight.

2. Transfer the mixture to a blender and blend until as smooth as possible. Add 2 more cups of water, mix, and strain into a pitcher through a sieve or colander lined with damp cheesecloth, pouring carefully and slowly and pressing the solids with the back of a wooden spoon to extract as much liquid as possible. If you have lots of bits remaining in the cheesecloth, blend again with some of the strained liquid, then strain over the damp cheesecloths once again. Stir in the sugar and vanilla, then taste and add more sugar if you like. Serve over ice, garnished with fresh lime zest. 

 

SERVES 6

INGREDIENTS

1 lb. fresh apricots, pitted and quartered
½ cup sugar, plus more to taste
⅓ cup medium or long grained rice
½ tsp. vanilla

INSTRUCTIONS

1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, stir the apricots and ½ cup sugar until the apricots are soft and a bubbling sauce has formed. Remove from heat and let cool.

2. Meanwhile, soak the rice in 1 cup of water until the apricots have cooled completely, then strain the rice. Transfer the rice and fruit mixture to a blender and blend with 3 cups of water water and the vanilla. Strain mixture through a wet cheesecloth into a large serving pitcher, then mix in another 2 cups of water. Taste, and add more sugar if desired. Chill completely, and serve over ice.

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