Monday, December 18, 2017

Angel Hair / Cabello De Ángel

I'VE BEEN DISPLAYING some self-control this month and haven't purchased any Christmas goodies yet. We did however receive a gift of homemade goodies from our wonderful friend Jessica. The mother of her fiance Juan Carlos sent us some of her empanadillas (at least I think they were empanadillas) and Christmas Rosquillas.

The empanadillas were filled with "Angel Hair Marmalade," which is made from the flesh and fibers of "Angel Hair Squash," cucurbita ficifolia, a winter squash (also known as fig-leaf gourd, Malabar gourd, cidra or sidra, Thai marrow, black-seed squash, pie melon...).

Rosquillas are a type of Spanish donut, although very different from the kinds of donuts we had in the USA. They were introduced in Spain by the Romans, and are made of fermented dough and are then fried or sometimes baked. The texture is lighter than an American donut. Rosquillas in Andalusia are often made with anise, fennel, or liquorice.

Let the binge begin!

HE DEMOSTRADO CERTO autocontrol este mes y aún no he comprado ningún dulce de Navidad. Sin embargo, recibimos un regalo de golosinas caseras de nuestra maravillosa amiga Jessica. La madre de su novio Juan Carlos nos envió algunas de sus empanadillas (al menos creo que eran empandillas) y rosquillas navideñas. 

Las empanadillas se llenaron con Mermelada de Cabello de Ángel, que está hecho de carne y fibras de una de Calabaza Cabello de Ángel, (cucurbita ficifolia). 

Las rosquillas son muy diferentes de los "donuts" que teníamos en los Estados Unidos. Están hechos de masa fermentada y luego son fritos o horneados, y supuestamente introducidos en España por los romanos. La textura es más ligera que un donut estadounidense. Las rosquillas en Andalucía a menudo se hacen con anís, hinojo, o regaliz. 

¡Deja que empiece el atracón!




25 comments:

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    1. Debra:
      Oh, how I wish there were more. I'm going SHOPPING today.

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  2. I thought this was going to be a post about angel hair pasta...

    those donuts look deee-lish; save me one with licorice please!

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    1. anne marie:
      Kind of a light and more crusty pastry. I like them a lot more than donuts.

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  3. Mmmm, that 1st pic... Looks tasty af! :)

    Fit Studs

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    1. Hot Guys:
      Not your average "fitness" food.

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  4. hmmmmm... nothing more just hmmmmmm.....

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  5. Now CUT IT OUT right now!!
    Yum!

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    1. Jim:
      And, since there's no more in the house, I'm heading out today in search of Christmas goodies.

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  6. I WANT, no I NEED some of these. Amazing!

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    1. Ron:
      Yes, they fall into the "need" category.

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  7. I wish I was there to "binge" with you.

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    1. Stephen:
      Today is the day. I'm off to browse the Christmas goodies at El Corte Inglés (the department store).

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  8. One of the things I like about most French pastries is that they are not as sickly sweet or over-flavored with cinnamon and vanilla as their American counterparts can be. The flavor of the ingredients comes through. Whenever I make an American recipe, I cut the sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla WAY back, and the result is so much better (to my taste anyway). So I wonder about these Spanish pastries you showed? Are they over-sweet or less so?

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    1. Walt the Fourth:
      To me, they are exactly how you describe French pastries. I agree with you.

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  9. Tis the season for goodies and goodness. I have a home made fruitcake in the refrigerator.

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    1. Travel:
      I love good fruitcake. Still haven't begun my Christmas binge... which won't really be a binge, just a little splurge.

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  10. We have eaten the second batch of our mince pies accompanied with a traditional brandy flavoured double cream, now awaiting our next visit to town to replenish stocks. Sadly my first comment on your blog disappeared any ideas as to why ?

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    1. Heron:
      Never saw your first comment, so I don't know what happened. I love mince pies, but haven't had a single one yet this year.

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    2. Heron:
      Just saw that I had two comments from you in my email In box, but only the one here. It is a puzzlement.

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  11. THose doughnuts, OMG. Want them now!

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    1. Knatolee:
      Completely different in taste and texture from the donuts we knew. Unbelievably good.

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