Tuesday, May 17, 2016


Basically, I'll be making five one-minute quirky tutorial videos and sharing the process on my blog with you!

Today's post is How to Make Pinolillo!

If you think the topic's a little strange, let me just put it in context. Recently, my Spanish teacher assigned a Spanish-speaking country project (I'm pretty sure you know where this is headed), and part of the project was that we had to either make or buy food from "our" country.

My country was Nicaragua, and the easiest food to make was pinolillo, which is this cornmeal drink that the residents make. It's kind of like a cheaper version of coffee, but with cocoa powder in it.

The video was SO much fun to make, particularly because this was a different kind of recipe and because I got a new phone recently (a Nexus), which has higher quality than my old one! I used a white posterboard for a flatlay (my kitchen counter isn't actually white), and did the whole procedure on top of it.

The drink itself is actually super easy to make. I used this recipe, and the only ingredient that's slightly out of the ordinary is white cornmeal. I just toasted the cornmeal, dumped it into a blender with milk, water, cocoa powder, sugar, and cinnamon, and blended everything together.

(It looked really good, but it didn't taste very good. I had to add like double the amount of sugar, and then I had to put ice into it to make it taste semi-decent, but I blame these sugar-addicted taste buds for my disliking. If you watch the part of the video when I first taste it, you'll notice that the expression on my face is less than stellar, haha.)

The whole process of shooting and editing the video (not to mention the number of cords and tripods and technology that I had to bring downstairs to the kitchen) took maybe two to three hours, and I did it entirely by myself. (My parents and younger sister were out, and my brothers only commented on the fact that the kitchen smelled like popcorn after I cooked the cornmeal.) I didn't think to make a Behind-the-Scenes video or take extra pictures, but I'll try to make one for my next tutorial! 

I'm actually super proud of how the video turned out. It matches the aesthetic I was going for, the music was fun, and the quality is a lot better than some of the other stuff I've done. And trying the food was awesome as well! I love trying new kinds of food from different countries, and this video gave me the chance to expand my comfort zone and try something new (even if I didn't like it very much).

what's the weirdest food you've ever had? favorite recipe? spill all your cooking secrets below!

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