ALFAJORES: THAT LITTLE PIECE OF HEAVEN

ALFAJORES: THAT LITTLE PIECE OF HEAVEN

“Alfajores are in latam what Oreo is to U.S.”1

While making our research for this post we came across this quote that synthesizes to perfection what an alfajor means in Latin America.

This sandwich cookie is arguably the most beloved sweet snack and we have them regardless the time of the day. They are not brownies, nor chocolates, or truffles, they are simply….finger licking!

If you are in NY and after reading this post you are craving for alfajores, we have them! Stop by at any of our kiosks or food truck and treat yourself.r

Hand-Held Foods III: Fatayer

Hand-Held Foods III: Fatayer

In this new discovery post, we’re bringing you the Fatayer. This is a very popular food in the Middle Eastern world, mainly eaten as a snack for breakfast or during the afternoon. Our mouth watered just looking at the pictures!

Have you ever tried them? We’ve learned that they can be made even with pizza dough, but if you stick to the more traditional recipes, you’ll get a more “local” experience.

Below, an infographic of fun facts about this delicious hand-held food..yummmm!

 

Sources: 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatayer

http://figsandolives.blogspot.com/2008/02/fatayer-for-breakfast.html\

http://www.gutenberg.us/articles/fatayer

http://chefindisguise.com/2012/01/06/cheese-pastry-fatayer-jebneh/

http://www.savorymaza.com/id26.html

http://www.abdulskitchen.com.au/product/spinach-fatayer-platter/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/samjet500/12254155355

http://saj-alfareej.com/menu.aspx

http://dlicedorient.blogspot.fr/2013/04/fatayers-aux-epinards.html

http://chefindisguise.com/2012/01/06/cheese-pastry-fatayer-jebneh/

http://cookdiary.net/spanakopita/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/samjet500/12254155355

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Jamaican Patty: Discovering Hand-Held Foods

Jamaican Patty: Discovering Hand-Held Foods

Exploring hand-held foods: SAMOSA

Exploring hand-held foods: SAMOSA

Connecting cultures through hand-held foods is our passion. Once, food was a way of defining and differentiating cultures, now we believe that by discovering resemblances among dishes from different parts of the world is a way of realizing that in fact “it’s a small world after all!”

An empanada is basically pastry filled with a variety of ingredients (sweet or savory) and as we told you in PREVIOUS POSTS, the empanada can trace its origins way back in time. This simple type of cuisine was adapted to the different cultures that have encountered it. Nowadays, we can say that every culture in the world has several variations on this basic yet ingenious idea.

That being said, we want to create a space for you to start learning more about hand-held food of the world. This can help you understand how diverse this world is and the many ways in which you can combine the ingredients in order to make each plate unique.

Today, we want to introduce the SAMOSA.

 Pictures: google

Pictures: google

Medialunas origins: We bet you didn't know this!

Medialunas origins: We bet you didn't know this!

What do Marie Antoniette, the Ottoman Turks and a baker have in common?

At first the connection can seem hard to find. But this story has deeply influenced the culinary tastes of one of the nations that prides itself most for their baked goods: France. Still don’t have a clue? In this post, we want to banish the notion that the French people invented the Croissant. Surprised? Actually, Austria is the birthplace of this world famous pastry and its shape is inspired by the Ottoman Turk Empire.

To track the origins of this delicious pastry, we have to go back to the 17th century. The Ottoman Empire was advancing through Europe, conquering Hungary and the Balkans. When the army,  composed of more than 200,000 men, arrived to Vienna they encountered a major problem: the city was surrounded by a wall that made access very difficult. After several months of military siege and trying to starve the city into submission, the Turks attempted to tunnel underneath the walls of the city. The story follows that Vienna was saved by bakers! They were up early to bake bread and heard the sounds of the Turks digging and alerted the city’s defenders.

To commemorate the end of the siege several bakers made a pastry in the shape of the crescents to mimic the symbol on the Ottoman flag 1. This is how the Austrian kipfel originated in 1683. If nowadays you order a kipfel in Austria or Germany you’ll likely be handed a crescent-shaped cookie.

So… how did the croissant became what we know today? This is when Marie Antoinette earns credit. When she married King Louis XVI of France, homesick for a taste of her native Vienna, she introduced the Kipferl to French cuisine. It is said that the consistency of the Austrian traditional pastry was changed and made more refined by Versailles chefs to suit the Royal table. This is how the Austrian Queen introduced one of today’s most popular signs of French pastries, known in France as Viennoiseries  (from Vienna).

Voilà! Now you know it

Today, the croissant is staple and signature breakfast food in French households and cafes, and sold in all bakeries and streets of France.

Argentina, land of immigrants, took the name “Croissant” and translated literally to spanish: Medialuna (half-moon). At Nuchas, we think the Argentines have improved upon this nearly perfect food - they glaze each medialuna with a sweet honey and citrus syrup! This pastry is one of the most traditional of Argentine Viennoiseries.

If you haven’t yet, come try our Medialunas! We serve them warm and ready to eat and also as an amazing ham and cheese sandwich, delicious at any time of day. Celebrate that you’ve learned something new today :)