So whilst G.F is hanging in Chile, we’re keeping up that Latin rhythm at home with a refreshing drink to wash down tonight’s Asado.
Horchata or Orxata (pronounced Or – cha – ta) is a traditional staple in Latin countries.
Originally made from the Tiger nut or Chufa and also called chufa milk.
I read a story about a young girl in provincial Spain serving this to a passing King who, upon tasting the drink declared ‘this is not milk, this is Or, Xata’ or gold, cutie.
So it’s another wonder of the cuisine world bought to you by the humble peasant and now enjoyed by all.
We’re using almonds and cashews because we can.
In Mexico they use rice, in other Latin countries seeds, legumes and even barley are used.
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zest from a lemon
1 cinnamon stick
1 vanilla bean – halved and scraped. Keep the pod.
1 tablespoon honey – the flavour of the honey will influence the outcome.
A good Leatherwood will add plenty, as will a good floral scented honey.
1 litre water
Lightly warm the almonds, cashews and cinnamon quill in a pan over the stove. You don’t want colour here, just trying to warm up the oils and release some flavour. Blend the nuts, vanilla and water until smooth. Place in a bowl with the other ingredients (including the vanilla pod) and let stand overnight in the fridge. (2 hours at room temp will do but overnight is better)
Next morning let it drip in a colander with a fine cloth and a weight on top for the whole day (in the fridge). Or you can rush it by squeezing if you have to.
Serve over ice with a slice of lime.
A wee dusting of nutmeg or mace would go well here.
This is basically spiced almond milk. I’ve used some cashews for extra flavour.
You could use desiccated coconut to add flavour too.
Great for lactose intolerance.
Or just because it’s nice to make your own stuff sometimes.
To make a richer, creamier version you could use milk or almond milk in place of water.
There’s a version in Mexico with a dollop of jam made from cactus.
Why not try a little raspberry or strawberry jam?
If you’ve got some left in the morning, add it your tea or coffee.
hasta la proxima semana mi amigos!