[Sca-cooks] Huitlacoche, was Cafe Glace: Food at the OLYMPICS

David Walddon david at vastrepast.com
Sun Aug 17 10:24:59 PDT 2008

I really have enjoyed huitlacoche the two times I have had it.
BUT I both times I have had fairly bad allergic reactions about three  
hours later.
Cramping, shortness of breath and hives!
This is unfortunate since it is such an interesting and complex taste.
Besides Corn Mushrooms I have also heard it called Corn Truffles and  
Corn Smut.
Any other names or experiences?



Food is life. May the plenty that graces your table truly be a VAST  

David Walddon
david at vastrepast.com

On Aug 15, 2008, at 10:17 AM, Lilinah wrote:

> Dragon wrote:
>>>  The only thing I find to be weird about corn is that huitlacoche is
>>>  treated in the U.S. as a disease instead of the incredibly  
>>> delicious
>>>  delicacy it is.
>>>  (Sorry, I know I am changing the subject, but... I am serious on  
>>> that).
> And Selene responded:
>>  It may be a delicacy, but if it's not what you were intending to  
>> grow,
>>  it's just another weed.  If your contract is for corn to make masa,
>>  you can't feed the children if the huitlacoche gets into the ears.
>>  I need to try it some day, any recommendations for the SoCal area?
>>  Goodness knows, if it's anywhere in the US, it's here someplace.
> There's a restaurant up here in Oakland CA, El Huarache Azteca, in  
> the Fruitvale district, that specializes in cuisine of the region  
> of Mexico City, especially "huaraches", a large oval of masa with a  
> slight rim, filled with "stuff". Some of the dishes include  
> huitlacoche. That's what i ordered the first time i went there.  
> They also serve lamb dishes, something i haven't seen on the menus  
> of other Mexican restaurants.
> I was sooooo excited to finally get to eat huitlacoche! I had been  
> cooking regional Mexican dishes from Diana Kennedy's cookbooks  
> since they first one was published in the 70s, and she had recipes  
> for it, but i'd never seen any outside her photographs.
> I had heard about this restaurant on a local PBS TV show, "Check  
> Please! Bay Area", on which 3 "ordinary" people each recommend  
> their favorite restaurant, and all three go to all three  
> restaurants and then discuss them. It can sometimes get very  
> heated, but it's always civilized. The restaurants are almost  
> anywhere within the Bay Area, which covers quite a large area, and  
> the moderator is a wine specialist.
> The second time i was there, huitlacoche wasn't on the menu. I have  
> to go back - I think the difference was between a weekend (with  
> huitlacoche) and a weekday (without).
> Plus there's a little place there near the Fruitvale BART (rapid  
> transit) station where the owner makes hand-made ice milks from  
> fresh ingredients, often in unusual flavors, such are corn.
> Anyway, I didn't know huitlacoche was also available canned. I'll  
> have to see if i can find some.
> -- 
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