My tongue is tied it's crazy
Whoa oh oh oh oh whoa,
Today, though ... today it hurts to stand for very long. My mind is doing its skitter routine, which is not helped by the fact that I just received another packet of papers from the Department, to be filled out regarding this leave I am taking. Because my thoughts are mildly scrambled, it is difficult for me to read and fully understand the fifty pages of important information, as well as to fill out the forms before passing them on to the right person.
That will have to wait a little longer ... in the meantime, the sun coming in from my kitchen window is warm and lovely, making it an awesome time to do dishes. I love having a kitchen window over my sink, and this one faces south, so it is always bright and warm. I also have a great view of Clyde Street, which can be very entertaining. All those motorcycles coming from the Frankenstein house ... beautiful hundred-year old houses with stately trees just as old if not older ... the lights from the railroad crossing at what has to be the craziest, most dangerous corner in the state of Florida. That intersection of Clyde, Clay (completely unpaved), Lakeview, and the railroad tracks is as twisted as Kim Jong-un's brain, and just as deadly.
But first, I am going to make the filling for the Beef Empanada, or die trying. I'm not foolish enough to commit to filling and frying the pastry discs today, but damn it, I can at least stand long enough to chop and fry an onion!
This is my adaptation of the Goya recipe found online. I made several substantial changes, which I think work very well.
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 green pepper, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound ground beef chuck
2 packets Goya Sazon con Culantro y Achiote (Coriander and Annatto)
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon ground cumin
Black pepper, to taste
Crushed red pepper flakes, to taste
1/4 cup Goya Sofrito (Tomato Cooking Base)
1 - 8 oz. can tomato sauce
12 Manzanilla olives stuffed with minced pimento, sliced
1/4 cup golden raisins
Optional re-seasoning:2 tablespoons Goya Sofrito
1 teaspoon ground cuminKosher salt
In a large deep skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high. Add the onion, green pepper, and garlic. Stir and cook about 5 minutes. Break up the beef before adding it to the skillet. Once added, continue to break it up with a wooden spoon (or as I do, using a pastry scraper). Lower the heat to medium. While the beef is cooking, sprinkle it with the sazon, oregano, cumin, black pepper, and red pepper flakes, and stir to distribute the seasonings. Stir in the sofrito, and then the tomato sauce. Lower the heat to medium-low and let this simmer for about 15 minutes. Take the skillet off the heat. Once the mixture has cooled, turn it into a colander set in the sink, and let the extra fat drain off. Wipe out the skillet with paper towels, and return the mixture to the pan. Taste and re-season, if desired.
At this point, I am going to cover up the filling and refrigerate it until I'm ready (and able) to finish the empanadas by stuffing the pastry discs and frying them. That's Part 2. That's tomorrow, or maybe the day after. When pain is the name of the game, you never know if you'll feel up to playing.