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?
Winter warmer: Creamy, Cheesy Curried Broccoli Soup. Silky Smooth Velvet in a Bowl
It may be winter everywhere else but here in Manzanillo the temperature is still in the 30’s, which makes the day your fridge decides to stop working a pretty bad day. Luckily the day this happened I didn’t have too much in there. A large head of broccoli, onion, garlic, half an avocado, some left over boiled potato, half a package of Philadelphia cheese and some other random bits. So, I turned the annoyance of a lifeless fridge into a delicious pot of steaming, velvety soup. (more…)
British-Mexican fusion comfort food!
This made a wonderfully colourful and eclectic meal that combines a classic British beef, onions and gravy dish with a traditional Mexican side dish and a psychedelic mash! The flavours were a perfect complement to each other, my hubby said that it was just like food he grew up eating, (apart from the potatoes weren’t usually pink), and funnily enough me too, except for the cactus salad, well my mum never put beetroot in the mash either but it just goes to show that mince beef and potatoes are internationally comforting! (more…)
This is a classic Mexican side dish that is usually eaten in tacos, it often comes with the selection of salsas in many restaurants or taco stands and is really good with beef or pork. It goes well with anything you would serve a salad with or as a side dish at a BBQ or buffet. Nopales, also known as prickly pear, are cheap and healthy and easy to prepare once you know how. (more…)
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…)
Tahini is a paste made from sesame seeds and olive oil and is an essential ingredient in hummus. I have seen recipes on the internet for tahini-free hummus, but the taste of the hummus before I add the Tahini is just not the same, those who know the way real hummus should taste will notice the lack of flavour that only comes from the sesame seeds.
Depending where you live it can be hard to find tahini in the shops or market, here in Manzanillo I think its pretty much impossible to find. Thanks again to my friend Diyana I have a pot of it in my fridge that she made herself and gave me a while ago. Since then I have made hummus a few times and it’s always been delicious, here is the link to my recipe for Authentic Middle Eastern Hummus. (more…)
A sweet, slightly spicy and delightfully tropical drink.
Full of vitamin C and A, loaded with polyphenol antioxidants which are known to help reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer, it can also help lower cholesterol, weight loss, indigestion, heartburn and sunstroke and even stop skin sagging according to recent scientific research and thats just scratching the surface.
When I discovered a tree full of carambolas (star fruit) in the abandoned house next door the other day I was very excited to find such exotic fruits there for the taking. Well, actually the local kids pouring out of the gate with plastic bag-fulls of them alerted to me the fact there was a tree there! (more…)
Make your own yoghurt at home, no need for special ingredients or equipment.
You can make your own yoghurt at home really easily using milk and a little shop bought yoghurt. You can use any commercial yoghurt that has active cultures, I prefer to use plain yoghurt with no sugar, the result is a creamy, smooth home-made natural yoghurt just as good as store-bought and much cheaper. The really great thing is that once you have your first batch you do not need to buy yoghurt again to start the next batch as long as you make it before you run out! (more…)
A fresh, colourful salad, quick and easy to prepare, tasty and full of goodness. Even though its autumn its still hot here in Manzanillo and a mixed salad is always a good way to get some fresh veggies into your diet! (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…)