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

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

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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Mexican Ceviche Manzanillo Style

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…)

Jarabe de Piloncillo

Piloncillo Syrup, Healthier Sugar!

Piloncillo is one of my greatest kitchen discoveries, well actually it was my friends Maxim and Conrad who introduced me to it, Conrad had made a most wonderful Banana and Date “Ice Cream” and served it with Piloncillo Syrup.. that was it, I was hooked! I made it at home the very next day and since then I have stopped buying any other kind of sugar altogether apart from honey.

So what is piloncillo anyway? It is unrefined cane sugar, meaning this is the healthiest and most natural form of sugar, in fact this stuff is actually good for you! Because it has not been through all the refining processes like other sugar it still contains many trace vitamins and nutrients, the main ones being mineral salts, calcium, iron, phosphorous, magnesium, potassium, and vitamins A, B1, B6, and D, who thought sugar could be so healthy! (more…)

Baby Spinach, Tomato, Red Onion and Avocado Salad

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…)

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