Tuesday, June 29, 2010
The Arm of the Queen (Brazo de la Reina)
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.