Saturday we went standup paddling with friends, then we ate at a great restaurant (Maple Grill) in Fashion Island. We had lamb burgers, grass fed beef burgers, free-range stuff, and some tasty polenta. Not to mention truffled fries. Awesome stuff.
Inspired by the polenta, we made some great "polenta" from masa flour. For those of you not initiated in the subtle differences between corn meal and masa, masa has been soaked, which allows the husks to be removed before grinding. Nixtamalizationit's called, and I believe this to be a healthier version of cornmeal, should one choose to eat cornmeal at all.
"We" made it two ways. First as a hot porridge with cheese and butter stirred in. That night we had it cooled (it solidifies) and pan fried with spices. Good stuff, both ways. Recommended!
I'm really pissed about this, and a big part of me believes that people don't want to know because then they'll be forced to make choices. We all have that to some degree, I suppose, which is why we (as a society) buy things labeled "natural" when we can tell they just aren't.
I wish I had more time to rant right now!