months ago my coworker Maria brought a bunch of mantecados
- Spanish cookies - back from her visit to her hometown.
They were delicious and shortbready and almondy and
lemony and created an amazing amount of crumbs. I vowed
to try to make them myself. I wasn't happy with the
recipes I found on the web; most left out the lemon
and almonds, and the one I tried was messed up, the
proportions wrong, so I ended up with a swamp on a cookie
sheet. After that I backward-engineered it based on
Scotch shortbread, and Maria gave it a thumbs-up, so
I packed it in my bento and posted the recipe to my
site so everyone can make some. It's really easy - if
you can chop nuts and zest a lemon you're good to go.
So! Here we have free-form maki
- which is sushi with whatever I have handy, in this
case shiitake, cucumber, crab stick, and smoked salmon
plantains, and mantecados.