I was in Morelia Monday morning, to pay for a new, larger refrigerator at Costco. After the transaction, I crossed the busy dual lane street to have a late breakfast/early lunch at Barbacoa Javier y Lety's. It's a popular and busy spot. A large bowl of delicious consomé de borrego with reasonable but not copious amounts of meat was $40 pesos. It came with a bowls of limes, salsas and chopped onions, as well as more hot tortillas than I could finish. With a large glass of orange juice, the bill came to $55 pesos, a little over $4 USD.
I'd been several times to the branch J&L's at Tzurumutaro, not far from where we live. I'd always thought it was just "o.k.". The Morelia one is deinitely better.
August 29, 2012: early lunch today, as we await delivery of a new, larger refrigerator. tinyurl.com/8alxwnr
I made Tuna Noodle Casserole, but without canned condensed mushroom soup. Instead, I finely diced onion and celery, slowly cooked it in butter, added flour; cooked the roux. Then some chicken stock and additional water plus Nido whole milk powder. (It's a very good product.)
Various seasonings, then opened, drained and flaked 2 cans of albacore tuna, layered it up with leftover unsauced tortiglioni pasta, topped with shredded sharp cheddar, cooked real bacon bits, and bread crumbs dotted with butter. A very light dusting of Pimentón dulce de la Vera.
While it baked for 30 minutes, I made another variation on oil free coleslaw, incorporating some fresh cucumber pickles.
I'm enjoying it now, with a glass of "Shaya", a medium dry Spanish white wine.
I don't expect the delivery to show up at eleven. it's already 11:14 AM. Así es México.
Don, Sr Lalo's daughters and niece are just the most lovely young ladies! What a happy photo
Today I received my regular email from Borough Market in London and amongst all the news was this recipe. Being a Spanish dish I wondered if you would make this the same way OR have any additions to make it more super yummy. We will be officially in SPRING on 1st Sept and already the weather is reaching the high 20C's - today 33C! This cold soup seems ideal for those scorching days or hot balmy nights coming our way.
Smoky Gazpacho Soup. This closely resembles Salmorejo, a cold, thick, rich, salmon-pink gazpacho from the hills of Cordoba in Spain. Traditionally its garnishes include Iberico ham, but instead, as there are a lot of courgettes around at the moment, I’ve used fried courgette strips spiked with pimenton or smoked paprika.
The garnishes are optional, but they do make a meal of the soup – perfect for a late summer lunch. If serving plain, just sprinkle a little pimenton on top of each bowl to finish.
1 small or ½ large day-old crusty baguette, about 150g
2 tablespoons good red wine vinegar or sherry vinegar from Brindisa
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil + 4 more + 2 more from The Olive Oil Co
600g ripe tomatoes (about 4 large), roughly chopped from The Tomato Stall
1 small cucumber or ½ a large one, peeled and roughly chopped, saving a small amount (2cm/1 inch piece) for garnish
2 cloves of garlic, bitter sprout removed if old, roughly chopped
Large pinch of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 hard-boiled eggs, finely chopped
2cm/1 inch piece cucumber, peeled and finely chopped
1 medium courgette
2 teaspoons pimenton (smoked paprika – sweet or hot, to your taste) + a little extra
Cut the bread into small pieces and place in a bowl. Sprinkle with the vinegar, pour over the water and drizzle over 4 tablespoons of olive oil. Leave to soften while you prepare the rest of the soup.
In a food processor, combine the tomatoes, cucumber and garlic with a large pinch of salt. Whiz on high power for a couple of minutes, until you have a smooth puree.
Add the soaked bread and plenty of pepper and blitz until as smooth as possible, adding the 4 more tablespoons of olive oil gradually through the feed tube. Blend in a little more water if you prefer a thinner consistency.
Taste for seasoning.
Pour the soup into a bowl or large jug, cover and refrigerate for at least two hours to chill and develop flavour. Meanwhile, prepare the garnishes, if using.
To prepare the courgette, trim, cut in half across the middle and then cut again along the seeds into four pieces with half-moon shaped ends. Slice into thin strips. Heat a large frying pan over a medium heat and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
Fry the courgette strips until golden and crisp. Remove from the heat, sprinkle in the pimenton and stir to coat. Drain the strips on kitchen paper.
When ready to serve, taste the chilled soup once more for seasoning and stir. Ladle the soup into bowls and sprinkle the garnishes (if using) on top of each: chopped egg in one section, cucumber in another, and fried courgette strips in another.
Finish with a final light sprinkle of pimenton. Serves 4
Late lunch today. We were going to reheat some churipo, but it was getting late and I discovered two of the avocados I had just bought were ripe and ready to eat. So I made a simple guacamole,which we ate with tortilla chips, red bell pepper segments and large radish halves.
went to a kiosk with some colleagues. had a veggie burger there. unfortunately i forgot to tell them no mustard or mayonese, so i had lots of those. later bought a bread roll to soak up the fat fro mthe burger.
Sorry, haven't been here in a while & was reading back on the previous page. My monitor is all nice and clean where I licked down through the glass to get to the Frenchy tripe dish.
That gazpacho sounds killer!
I had something today at lunch that instantly became a favorite food. It's at a stand in a weekend market run by an lovely couple. He's Italian & she is Korean. He gave me the name of the dish, but ~?~ It's some sort of fusion thing, I'm sure -- glass noodles with mysterious sauteed vegetable bits served cold over salad greens & topped with a mixture of soy sauce(?), Asian hot sauce(?) and a virgin olive oil that must be cold pressed by celestial virgins. Damn, it was good!
bought a soup at the supermarket. i had that soup before and knew i liked it, but today was the first time i didn't buy a bunch of other stuff too, but only a bread roll, so for the first time i realized what that soup cost (they hide the price tags well at the fresh soup counter) - 4 euros! i don't think i like it THAT much...
While doing errand this morning in Pátzcuaro, we grew very hungry. Since we were going by the Carnicería La Sin Rival anyway, we decided to have hamburgers at the Cafetería Chio's next door. ("Cafetería"= a coffee shop or place where light food is served, not a slide your tray type semi self service. It's a cute place owned by the same family as the carnicería. So, the source for the ground beef is next door as well, and a higher quality is maintained.
The cute uniform jackets, with colored buttons are a new feature. The girls jumped with glee while I took their picture.
These are classic, Mexican style burgers, where the condiments and garnishes almost outweigh the all beef patty in importance. It's not fast food, either. All the burgers are cooked to order.
They have a small deep fryer well and fry basket since they opened, about 10 years ago. But they don't do French Fries. Just complicates inventory, or something, I guess.
Doña Cuevas ordered the Hamburguesa Sencilla nearly plain (a single patty, which like all of theme comes with American cheese, bacon, has, lettuce, tomato, special sauce, sweet Mexican catsup, the kind you can see through. But somehow, it works.)
I got the Hamburguesa Doble. At some point during its eating, a fork is a must. It all just slides apart, due to the lubricating qualities of the copious and generous dressings.
It's looking into a mirror, that's why it's sdrawkcab.
I agree with you about ketchup on hamburgers, but in this instance, it's part of the tradition, kind of like drinking artificially flavored soda with your mole. You could always ask not to have them put ketchup on your hamburger. That's what I do at Hamburguesas Richard's in Morelia. The hamburgers there are much closer to U.S. style "sliders" But there, they do put crema on them, unless you ask them not to.
Burger and fries at Richard's. That's horchata, not a glass of milk.
I don't get, "the Popeye's question". I must have missed a turn of a web page.
was thinking of taking along this microwaveable pasta dish with lots of cheese and salami, but then thought it looks too unhealthy, so instead i will have microwaved potatoe with a bit of cheese and maybe some pickled mushrooms today...
September 9, 2012: Fried Perch Reprise. This time, on a toasted bolillo roll, tartar sauce, coleslaw on sandwich and roasted beets dressed with a little Salsa Bruja (seasoned vinegar) or Crema di Balsamico on the side.
Prune Upside Down Cake that I made early this a.m. Maybe more on that, later.
I had planned to meet a friend for lunch and since it didn't work out and I didn't have anything in the house that I could cobble a decent meal with, i stopped by the good turkish cafe and had a lentil soup and a small plate of mixed turkish salads with a cup of fresh mint tea. excellent, healthy and cheap... what more do you want?
Dans les grandes choses, les hommes se montrent comme il leur convient de se montrer; dans les petites, ils se montrent comme ils sont.