Friday, March 25, 2016

The Goddess Elena And The Arrival Of The Easter Moose

The Goddess Elena (click here if you still don't know who she is) made torrija this morning. It's a traditional Spanish dessert served especially during Semana Santa.

Elena's version consists of a thick slice of bread soaked in warm milk for an hour, and then dipped in egg batter and fried with olive oil before being sprinkled with cinnamon. The bread gets crusty on the outside and custard-like on the inside. Elena's torrijas are out of this world.

The bread is often soaked overnight and wine can be used instead of milk. Traditional recipes call for the addition of honey, which The Goddess Elena doesn't like. But we're not complaining. (She doesn't like raisins either, and calls them flies.)

IT LOOKS AT FIRST LIKE GOURMET AMERICAN FRENCH TOAST.
AND IT TASTES LIKE HEAVEN.
ELENA, OUR PLATE IS EMPTY...
THE EASTER 'MOOSE.' AS SWEET AS IF HE WERE MADE OF SOLID CHOCOLATE.
ALMOST DIRECTLY OVERHEAD TO SHOW HE'S NOT
AS HEFTY AS HE LOOKS IN THE PREVIOUS SHOT.

25 comments:

  1. I love French toast - and desserts. That looks like the best combo. Moose is certainly relaxed lol.

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    1. Cheapchick:
      I had just spent the previous ten minutes petting Moose. He was VERY relaxed.

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  2. OMG! Tomijas look divine! I am thinking maple syrup would be good too, don't you think?
    have a wonderful weekend, Mitchell.

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    1. Jim:
      ToRRijas, too! I can't imagine maple syrup on these. They're really sweet and custardy. But, you can have them however you like!

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  3. Well, I've heard it said that the camera does add a few pounds. Evidently this is true of cats as well as people.

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    1. Stephen:
      I love getting this fore-shortened shots of the cats, but then people always comment about how fat they are... especially Moose.

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  4. I would like to try those tomijas ~ this weekend perhaps ~ sounds like a morning morsel most munchable, indeed!

    Meow!

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    1. Ron:
      ToRRijas. Those two "r"s together look like an "m." The recipe sounds like something even I could pull off (and enjoy doing). The longer they soak, the more custard-like they become inside. Probably the most different Spanish specialty we've ever had. And moan-fully delicious.

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  5. Looks delicious. Happy Easter from Poland. Gosia

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    1. Gosia:
      Hope your easter was a pleasure and filled with delicious traditions.

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  6. I'll take some french toast with a side of moose please. I will eat the toast and pet the moose/rub that furreh belleh.

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    1. anne marie:
      If you're looking for French toast, don't have torrija. It tastes nothing like it and is as sweet as Moose.

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  7. Moose looks like he wore himself out helping the Easter Bunny.

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    1. Wilma:
      Moose had just spent 10 minutes getting scratched and stroked and cuddled. He was in heaven.

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  8. My doctor would not approve and my body would react badly unfortunately!

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  9. Oooooo! Me likes look (and sound) of those!
    Moose looks like he was the one who scoffed the lot and is now sleeping it off.

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    1. Raybeard:
      Moose had just completed his all-over massage. We ended with pits and belly. He was as happy as we were after our torrijas.

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  10. Goddess Elena sounds quite the good goddess. How do I become a votary of her order?

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    1. Spo:
      You must worship at her feet and tell her she's always right.

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    2. Does she accept blood sacrifices rather?

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  11. hmmm... maybe this should replace the Neapolitan Easter Pie - which takes three days to make - in our house...

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    1. Willym:
      Jerry and I agree that this is the best and most unusual of all the Spanish specialty dishes we've had. And, Elena's version sounds easy enough for even me to make.

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  12. Moose looks like he enjoyed a rather large Easter dinner!!

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    1. Knatolee:
      But, as is so often the case in families, Dudo (the slim one) is the glutton.

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