Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Arm of the Queen (Brazo de la Reina)

File this under Morbid Recipe Titles.  While a brief Google Image search shows that the Arm of the Queen can also refer to a harmless jelly-roll style cake, this one is supposed to look like a cross-section of zombie flesh and bone, sort of like those eyeball meatloaves moms make for Halloween.
The batter is made from masa harina, broth, palm oil, salt, baking powder, ground-up roasted pumpkin seeds and chopped spinach, giving it a delightful flecked green hue.  This is wrapped around a row of boiled eggs resembling a bone and marrow.  The Arm is then rolled up in a banana leaf, steamed for an hour, and then topped with a thick red homemade salsa (tomatoes, onion, chiles, oregano).  I was supposed to steam it for two and a half hours, but was reluctant to learn what that might do to the eggs.
The Arm was delicious, especially with the salsa.  It's best if you eat it without thinking of a bloody green-fleshed monster missing an arm.


Alyse said...

Definitely looks interesting. I'm fan of anything with boiled egg and tomato. :)

Kinda reminds me of a scotch egg.

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Ruth Sora Chung said...

honey, you can make decapitated arms look delicious!

Deborah said...

Awesome! I have to say this was one of the more unusual recipes I've ever made.