Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Chica Lit Blog Tour, Day Nine: The Drill, with Recipes

OK, here's the drill:

1) First, the winner of Kathy Cano-Murillo's prize is Pam K. Congratulations, Pam! Visit Kathy's website to contact her and claim your prize.

2) As tour stop number nine on the !2 Days of Christmas Chica Lit Blog Tour, I'm offering a prize today as well. Answer the following question, about my story below, and comment. I'll choose a random winner and you'll get a copy of my December Intrigue, Telling Secrets, and a batch of Fair Trade gourmet chocolate.

The question: What is the search and rescue helicopter's call sign (i.e. the way the trackers address the pilot via radio)?

3) Tomorrow, visit Jamie Martinez Wood's website,, for another story and another chance to win a prize.

4) And finally, a note about my story. Winter, Fire, and Snow features the search and rescue team I've been writing about lately in my Harlequin Intrigues. Aaron Donovan and Sabrina Adelante appeared in last April's Finding His Child, and Alex Gray and Sophie Brennan star in this month's Telling Secrets. (NB: Alex looks nothing like the guy on that book's cover.) The story stands on its own, but there's also history here for anyone who's read those books.

5) Whoop, almost forgot. We're supposed to be giving out recipes. So here's a disclaimer first: My Honduran mom never really cooks any Latino cuisine other than homemade tortillas and refried beans. I don't know why, but there it is. So I called her yesterday and sent her frantically calling my aunts in Honduras to get the recipe for a warm, wonderful concoction I've had there called poleada. It's kind of a cross between a milk pudding and some kind of weird Starbucks drink. Unfortunately, my aunts and my mother all use The Force when they cook, so they don't have recipes. ("Recipes? What are these 'recipes' of which you speak?")

After much international conferring, they have settled on the following attempt at a recipe for poleada. If it doesn't work, they said to "just play around with the ingredients" until it does. Ay.


* Mix 1 Tbsp. corn starch thoroughly with 1/4 cup of water, or so, until you get a thick yet runny mixture. Set aside. (Mom says, "If that doesn't work, try 2 Tbsp. corn starch.")

* Heat 2 cups of milk until almost boiling.

* Add sugar to the milk "to taste, until it's nice and sweet." Throw in a cinnamon stick.

* Fold in the corn starch mixture, keeping the milk heated to that almost-but-not-quite boiling point.

* When it's nice and warm and has achieved the consistency of a thin pudding, pour it into a cup. Let it cool enough so that you don't sue me for burning off your tongue, and eat with a spoon.

Just in case you'd rather not cook with The Force, here's an actual recipe from one of Mom's cookbooks for Honduran guacamole. Honduran guacamole is chunky, like a salsa, "not that mushy stuff they make here," says my mother. Yes, she's feeling a little superior in the guacamole department. Here it is, if you'd like to try it:

Honduran guacamole

5 avocados

4 hard-boiled eggs

3 tablespoons mayo

finely chopped cilantro (to taste)

1 Tbsp. or more of olive oil

1 tsp. lemon juice

salt and pepper, to taste

Peel avocado and eggs. Cut them in little square pieces. Mix avocado and eggs together. Add mayo and cilantro (finely chopped). Then, add in the olive oil.

Add the salt and black pepper to taste.

My mom swears it looks really pretty. As a variation, she says they also throw in some chopped onions in her hometown of El Corpus. My tia Yesenia says that to simplify it, you can just chop up the avocados and the eggs, and then throw in some chopped red onions. She doesn't add anything else, except she sticks the avocado seed in the middle, which interestingly enough, keeps the avocado from turning black.


kce1976 said...

Air Watch RT64Z

Suvii said...

Tracy, great story. I have not read any of your books before, but have now added them to my Amazon list. They sound fabulous and I can't wait to read them! It was wonderful to read a story with a Hondureño twist. I am Salvadorean, but my father was born in Honduras. That's where my paternal grandparents were from, but they eventually settled in El Salvador. Ohhh and by the way. the helicopter's call sign is Air Watch RT64Z

Tracy Montoya said...

Suvii, my Central American sister! I'm so glad you enjoyed the story and hope you like the books. I've been to El Salvador a few times--my great-aunt and grandmother lived near Choluteca, and it wasn't too far to the border....

Maureen said...

Thanks for the story and Merry Christmas. It's Air Watch RT64Z

Suvii said...

The leche poleada recipe sounds delish!! I am probably the least domestic chick on the face of the earth, but even I may have to try to make some. In El Salvador, we use leche poleada to add as a stuffing to a shell of mashed platanos, close it up, deep fry it and sprinkle sugar on top once it's fried. That's our empanada!

Tracy Montoya said...

I might beat you, Suvii. And that platano/poleada/empanada thing sounds amazing. I think I gained ten pounds just reading about it....

Nathalie said...


it is my first visit... I loved the story :0
answer: Air Watch RT64Z

Lily said...

The answer... Air Watch RT64Z

Great blog tour :)

bison61 said...

It's Air Watch RT64Z

Tracy Montoya said...

Merry Christmas, Maureen, Nathalie, Lily and Bison. Thanks for stopping by!

Pamk said...

love guacaumole will have to try that recipe.
and the call sign is Air Watch RT64Z

Sharron McClellan said...

Mmmm...chunky guacamole. It is the best! The poleada sounds similar to a Oaxaca drink except they have chocolate in theirs.

I loved the story, as you know. The answer: Air Watch RT64

Tracy Montoya said...

Pam, let me know how you like it! And Sharron, I didn't think poleada could get better, but adding chocolate just might do it....

About Me

My photo
Tracy Montoya writes romantic suspense for Harlequin Intrigue.

Twitter Updates

    follow me on Twitter