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?
Classic Mexican Salsa Roja
A typical tomato based salsa that you will find at almost every taco stand, restaurant and home in Mexico. A must if you are doing carne asada, a bbq beef taco is just not the same with out it! (more…)
Marvellous Mexican Meatballs in Caldillo de Tomate (Tomato Sauce)
I was never a huge fan of meatballs to be honest but maybe that’s because I never ate homemade ones before this, it was something my Mum never made and I never thought of making. We would have tinned ones now and then and I remember there was a silly song we used to sing that never failed to amuse my sister and I, we used to sing the song quite often actually, not only when eating meatballs! For those who know and those who don’t, here are the lyrics to the Meatball Song aka On top of old Smokey: (more…)
Caldillo de Tomate, or Tomato Broth, the perfect accompaniment for many dishes.
My husband showed me this simple recipe for a beautiful ‘jugoso’ tomato sauce that I now use for many different dishes. It is called ‘caldillo‘ (broth) not ‘salsa‘ (sauce), the difference is that a caldillo is more like a thin soupy type of salsa, or a light tomato broth rather than the thicker chunkier type of salsa that is used on tacos for example. It is used for dishes such as Chiles Rellenos, they are served ‘bañado‘ (bathed) in it. I love it, its so flavoursome and tasty yet light and not too thick. Great as a base for tomato soup or for any dish that requires a thinner tomato sauce. (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…)
Green Tomato Salsa
In Mexican food the salsa is as important as the main dish itself, no table is complete without it and it can transform an ordinary everyday meal or snack into an extraordinary one! This recipe was given to me by my Mother-in-Law a few years ago. (more…)