Sunday, August 30, 2009

Local food, Mexican style.

Just because we're living someplace where we don't speak the language and where we can't figure out where the butcher gets our meat doesn't mean we've totally given up on our commitment to local food!

We're committed, oh yes! Committed to eating a pineapple at least every other day, a papaya every three days, and several kilos of tomatoes, cucumbers, cilantro and onions every week. Oh, and the limes. Can't forget those. We go through those little limes like crazy. It's such a treat to have such bounty grown within a hundred (or, at most, a few hundred) miles of where we live.

Last night, though, was a special treat. My dad and his wife, who have been living in this part of Mexico for almost two years, went out fishing yesterday morning. They caught a Dorado (the Mexican name for Mahi-Mahi) and a few Needlefish. The Needlefish went into a great ceviche that we ate for appetizers and for dinner we ate the Dorado, seasoned in salt and pepper and very quickly pan-fried in a little butter. Along side it we had papaya salsa and cardamom basmati rice. Okay, so the rice and cardamom came from India via Colorado (a girl's gotta have her Indian food, despite the carbon footprint) but the rest of the meal was local!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Brownie Bummer

Yeah, that's not what a pan of freshly baked brownies should look like. So, here was the bummer. I pulled this awesome batch of brownies out of the oven and...promptly dropped the pan on the floor. Upside down. Serious bummer. It's especially a bummer here in Mexico where semi-sweet and bittersweet baking chocolate are notoriously difficult to find. And I made these brownies with my coveted virgin coconut oil, which is also difficult to find here (although I've read that coconut oil can be found in some pharmacies).

Here are the awesome brownies piled up on the floor. The sight of it nearly makes me cry.

Luckily I had a bit of batter left and managed to make almost a whole second batch of brownies. Those are still in the oven. Brynn says, "Mom. This time, take it out with TWO hands!" She is a wise girl, I tell you.

If you're thinking of coming to visit, feel free to bring a bag or two of Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Chips. :) It's the best widely-available, reasonably-priced chocolate we've found in the States and it is definitely not available here.