A collection of my favourite recipes & remedies from Mexico and around the world.

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How could we resist a bit of Titti and Fanny to satisfy our hunger? I mean who in their right mind would pass up this opportunity?! My husband, who was still just my boyfriend at the time, and I found these dubiously named snacks whilst travelling in Guatemala in 2008. It was on the island of Peten in Flores, the north east of the country. Titti Chips and Fanny sardines.. for the Americans out there, fanny in England means vagina.. so the irony of naming a tin of sardines Fanny was just too much for me, i had to have them!

So after a period of absence from the blog – i have been training to be a Divemaster and then went on a long awaited trip home to England after four and a half years in Mexico – i am back, and will aim to post regularly again. Recipes and food stuff, maybe some travel pics and anything interesting from my life here in sunny Manzanillo, Mexico.

By the way this post is also a test to see how the quick post option works from my tablet.. so who knows what it will turn out like as i cannot preview it.

Hasta pronto amigos

habanero jalapeno onion carrot

Word of the Week – Escabeche & How To Make Pickled Jalapeño & Habanero Chilies

I thought escabeche was the Mexican name for anything pickled as you find jalapeños en escabeche everywhere and they appear to be just pickled in vinegar with slices of carrot and onion chucked in. Now I’m checking it all out I am finding that there is a bit more (but not that much) to this preserving method than just throwing jalapeños, onion and carrot in a jar with vingear.

The word escabeche is derived from a Persian word sikbaj, which sounds like “iskabech” which then transformed to the Catalan word eskabetx (“x” = “ch” in Catalan). The Persian dish of al sikbaj was a meat dish cooked with vinegar and honey or molasses. During the Moorish conquest the Arabs brought it to Spain and the Mediterranean, from there the Spanish took it with them on their conquests. It is common throughout Europe, Latin America and in the Philippines in its various forms.

jalapeños en escabeche

So what is it here in Mexico? Well it is a method of preserving vegetables, usually chilies with carrot and onion in vinegar with herbs. The bit I had been doing wrong, or missing out altogether is that before putting all those things in a clean jar and leaving them to absorb the flavours for a period of time, the Mexican way is to fry them in oil first, then add the vinegar after and boil it. So I was totally incorrect in my efforts to make my jalapeños en escabeche, oh well, ni modo, I will give you my method for pickling chilies – they still taste great in tacos, sandwiches, cold meat or whatever you fancy spicing up.

I will make a batch of ‘proper’ escabeche another day and post the recipe and photos once its done.

Pickled Jalapeños and Habaneros

You Need:

Clean glass jars with lids
Wax paper cut in circles an inch (2.5cm) bigger than the jar-lids

Ingredients:

Jalapeño chillies
Habanero chilies
White Onion
Carrots
White vinegar

Sterilise the glass jars and lids by filling them with boiled water and leaving at least 10 mins.
Slice jalapeños, habaneros and carrots into rounds.
Cut the onion in half and then into thin slices.
Cut the habaneros in half lengthways then into thin slices -take care as the juice is extremly hot and will burn your skin! You may want to wear rubber gloves, but you definaltly want to wash your hands thoroughly after touching the chiles to avoid any burning skin/eyes etc.

Stuff the jars with the veggies – keeping the habs and the jalapeños in separate jars, once full pour in the vinegar to the top. Place a circular piece of wax paper over the opening of the jar and seal with the lid.

habanero jalapeno pickled chilies

Mark the jars with the date you made them and leave around 4 weeks -stored in a cool, dark place. Once opened keep them in the fridge. They last almost forever with all that vinegar, however i live in the tropics so keep almost everything in the fridge!

They are HOT so eat with caution!

Awareness responsibility suffering

With awareness comes great  responsibility, with irresponsibility comes inevitable suffering.

When we become aware we can no longer hold others/society responsible for our lives, with awareness we take on the full responsibility of our thoughts, words and deeds. Even once we have become aware it is possible to fall back into ignorance once again, going against what we know, against what we believe and against our own selves if we are not careful. It is our responsibility to our selves to maintain awareness and not ignore what we know to be true, this irresponsible behaviour will cause inevitable suffering and misery. We owe it to ourselves to be happy, to follow our dreams and lead a full and rich life during our short time on this planet. No one but you is responsible for your life.

What do you think? Are you responsible?

Super healthy 'Jugo Verde'

Super healthy ‘Jugo Verde’

Jugo Verde – Nopal, Pineapple, Orange and Parsley Whole Juice

A very simple blend of nopal, fruit and parsley make a super healthy whole juice to get you going in the morning.

Nopal is said to be good for curing a hangover so this is the perfect morning-after juice. If you add a stick or two of celery they say this is a great juice to help you loose weight.

So we already know about how great the Nopal is in a Salad, here is the link to my recipe for delicious Ensalada de Nopal – a typical Mexican side dish – in case you missed it, now here it is in a Juice. You can always adjust the amounts in the recipe according to your taste, one thing you should know is that the nopal is a bit slimy, so the more you use the more babosa  your juice will be. If you are not too keen on that texture just don’t put too much nopal. Read the rest of this entry »

Dirty Dancing Cops!

I just had to share this video of the Policia Municipal getting down while directing the holiday traffic. My hubby recorded this yesterday evening when we ventured out into the tourist filled streets of Santiago, Manzanillo. It is Semana Santa (Holy Week), the busiest and most important holiday in Latin America, when everybody and their dog comes to the beach no matter what!

This is at the junction just before Miramar Beach, on the corner where the Colima Surf Side Surf Shack is. The shack is run by a friend of ours, Ricardo, a semi-professional surfer and 100% Manzanillense! You can see us at the end of the video cheering😛

Colima Surf Side Surf Shack Manzanillo, Colima. Best place in Manzanillo to learn to surf, rent boards or just hang out with surf dudes.

Colima Surf Side – Surf Shack, Manzanillo, Colima. Best place in Manzanillo to learn to surf, rent boards or just hang out with surf dudes.

 

Thank you Matchamochimoo!

Thank you Matchamochimoo!

Liebster Blog Award – PsyKdeliaSmiths’ First Ever Nomination & Nominees

Well I arrived at work earlier than usual today due to the Easter Holidays, and half asleep due to the neighbours partying all night. Got my morning fix of coffee and opened my email to find that PsyKdeliaSmiths’ Kitchen has been nominated for the Liebster Blog Award by Matchamochimoo, the author of one of the fabulous food blogs I follow. I would like to say a huge thank you to her as this is my first ever nomination and didn’t really think anyone was that interested in my little blog!  Since I have started work I do not have as much free time to blog but knowing that the are others that enjoy reading my blog gives me the incentive to keep going!

Once again Thank you to Matchamochimoo for the nomination🙂

The Award:

What is the award about? Liebster is a German word that means favourite, so after a little investigation I found that this award is presented by bloggers to other bloggers who have 200 or less followers. According to this post by another nominated blogger Sophhy.onimpression.com the award started in Germany in 2010 and there are no real rules, she says:

The real “gist” of the Liebster Award is that there is no real award. There are no judges, no special rules. No website with an official team to congratulate you and hold your hand. It’s mostly what you want it to be. If you receive the award, you can 1) accept it and 2) pass it along. It’s that easy.

The Rules:

  • Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog
  • Link back to the blogger who presented the award to you
  • Copy and paste the blog award on your blog
  • Present the Liebster Blog Award to 5 blogs of 200 followers or less who you feel deserve to be noticed.
  • Let them know they have been chosen by leaving a comment at their blog.

My Nominations:

In no particular order, but they are all blogs I enjoy and think deserve recognition! Keep up the good work🙂

1. matchamochi

2. mosta6eel

3. The Iron Cheftress

4. katielovescooking

5. Butter Beans Blog

Ok.. so that’s it! I better get back to work selling water sports and tours in sunny Manzanillo, Mexico – wish me luck🙂

The hotel where i work in Manzanillo, Colima

The pool and beach outside the hotel where I work in Manzanillo, Colima

Poached Egg Over Baby Spinach, Drizzled with Olive Oil and Lime Juice

Poached Egg Over Baby Spinach, Drizzled with Olive Oil and Lime Juice

¡A huevo! Word of the Week and a Healthy Breakfast

Ok, so this weeks Mexican Word of the Week is more of an expression than a word. If you have ever  spent any time in Mexico it is likely you have heard someone exclaim “¡A huevo!” at some point. In Spanish huevo translates to “egg” but “a huevo” is nothing to do with our favourite breakfast staple, however, i decided to throw in a tasty, healthy breakfast idea along with this weeks’ Mexican word of the week as it’s almost the weekend and it’s going to be busy!
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Loggerhead-Sea-Turtle

Loggerhead Sea Turtle

A Marine Animal or an Alcoholic Beverage – What is a Caguama?

Cheeky chihuahua Tequila and a Corona Mega, or caguama

Cheeky Chihuahua, Tequila and a Corona Mega

And the answer is…

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Cucarachas del Mar - Sea Cockroaches - would you eat them?

Cucarachas del Mar – Sea Cockroaches – would you eat them?

Strange Local Delicacies: Cucarachas del Mar – would you eat them?

There is a myriad of odd and unrecognizable fare in Mexico that i had never seen or heard of before living here, some less appetising than others. I find a lot of the time when trying new food it is better to try it before asking what it is to avoid immediate rejection!

That could be the case with the recipe i am going to share with you today, Ceviche de Cucarachas del Mar.  Ceviche or cebiche is any kind of seafood “cooked” in lime juice and mixed with diced tomato, onion, chili and cilantro – there are many regional variations. Cucarachas del mar are what they sound like, sea cockroaches aka chitons or sea cradles.. would you eat them?

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palapa

What is a Palapa?

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