Something to warm you up my friends…
Soup anyone?  Well, how about some nice hot caldo for this wintry weather?
Soup anyone?
What’s caldo?  Well, it’s basically a big, chunky, beef vege soup done up Mexican!  Complete with cumin and cilantro!

childhood story~

Caldo and I – well let me just say that one of my mom’s favorite stories of me growing up was that one time when I was very small, she had made a big pot of caldo for dinner.  (Naturally if you’re having caldo the Mexi-way, well there’s corn tortillas involved!)
So the story goes that we were all sitting there enjoying our soup when my mom glanced over and saw me sipping my soup through a tortilla straw!  My dad would roll our tortillas up in his hand like a straw-
Soup anyone?
so naturally being the creative soul…I decided it to put it to good use.  That was probably the beginning of my “straw obsession!”  They laughed and laughed and I was embarrassed because I thought they were making fun or me, more than laughing at my super – genius use of a corn tortilla.
Pretty clever kid if you ask me!

CALDO de res

1 pound beef shank
1 T oil
2 potatoes, cubed
1 onion, chopped
3 carrots, chopped
1/2 medium head cabbage, chopped
4 small ears corn (frozen or fresh)
4 cloves garlic, minced
6 teaspoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
 fresh lime juice to taste
1. In a large pot over low heat let the oil heat up and add the beef.  Brown for a few minutes, rotating and cooking evenly on each side. Add the potatoes, corn, onion & carrots, along with water to cover.  Place lid and cook for about 45 minutes on medium heat.
2. Remove lid, then slowly add the cabbage, garlic, 5 teaspoons cilantro, salt and cumin.  Stir, and simmer for another 30-40 minutes with lid off. Serve hot. Just before eating, squeeze in fresh lime juice to taste and sprinkle with remaining cilantro.  Enjoy with a side of hot corn tortillas-

I had been craving this, especially since many of my childhood friends and fam on fb kept posting pics of their soup.  I decided to make my own minus the corn (the only thing I didn’t have on hand)–but it was just as great. Funny how tastes and smells can take you back to a distant memory huh?

If you try this—- it will hit the spot AND…it’s delicious~


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