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?
Seafood “Cooked” in Lime Juice.
Ceviche or cebiche is basically seafood left in lime juice to marinade or “cook” before mixing in a few other key ingredients and serving with crunchy tostadas (fried or baked tortillas), salty crackers or totopos, otherwise known as tortilla chips to us non mexicans. It’s a healthy and wonderfully fresh dish to serve as “botana” the perfect companion to an ice cold beer or white wine. (more…)
Posh food for free..well almost! Spaghetti with Pan Fried Clams:
If you are lucky enough to live by the sea and the tide is right you can make this elegant pasta dish with fresh clams you collected from the beach, otherwise you can always buy them at the fishmongers, supermarket etc. If you can’t find them fresh you can always buy them in a can as a last resort, although, personally i would always go for fresh. (more…)