Lunch—or is it a snack? Today is a small plate of Italian deli meats by Daniele, some marinated sweet red peppers, a few anchovies, a bit of toasted bolillo, and a glass of Yellowtail Shiraz. (Of that, more later.)
For our Thanksgiving lunch we will be having: Squash Casserole Sweet Potato Casserole Twice baked potatoes Ham Pot Roast with potatoes and carrots Cranberry Banana Bread Green Beans Broccoli Corn Pudding Rolls Pecan Pie Pumpkin Pie
The plan is also to eat leftovers through the weekend.
A slight revision: no fat free cole slaw, but a vaguely Sichuan style cucumber and carrot salad; black radish salad and the aforementioned smoked turkey and a half sandwich. One (1, and only 1) rugelach for dessert. (Wish I'd grabbed more smoked turkey to go home.)
Day before yesterday, in Morelia: lunch at Chenito's, a small, semi open air restaurant at the busy intersection of Calzada Ventura Puente and avenida Lázaro Cárdenas. We had been there several times in the last month. We like it for its convenient location, better than average food and very friendly owner family.
Yesterday's special were tacos de cabeza de res (steamed cow's head tacos.) They weren't bad, but it's the 5 or more distinct salsas which make Chenito's outstanding.
On the previous visit, we'd eaten pretty good hamburgers, prepared Mexican style, accompanied by glasses of a mild, horchata-like drink made of oatmeal.
I had three tacos and Sra. Cuevas two. The bill was not very much.
Yesterday, after shopping at Costco in Morelia, we detoured to the Gastronómico at Plaza La Huerta. Plaza La Huerta is the anchor location for Wal-Mart and Home Depot in Morelia, and other stores and services. El Gastronómico is a food court, with a number of better than average options at different stands. We chose Enilio's Grill again. La Señora had a char broiled hamburger with three smal and very fresh salads. I has an Arrachera plate, also with three salads. I could have had hot sides such as roasted baby potatoes, or French Fries, or (I think) macaroni and cheese. It was a lot of food. There's a great condiment bar as well, of delicious toppings and salsas. Beer is available, as well as aguas frescas and sodas. Emilio's Grill is a sleeper.
(Unfortunately, I was so sleepy that I forgot to take a picture of or food.)
Kerouac, one has to suffer for ones art. Actually I am definitely not vegetarian, I try to have one meat free day per week. And lunch is my main meal. As I get older I get less exercise and just keep putting on weight, and lack enough self discipline to change things. My excuse is that, at 80, I am past my sell by date. ;D ;D
Man is not lost, only temporarily uncertain of his position
December 5, 2012: lunch in our bungalow room (self catering accomo) of toasted walnut bread smeared with a raw garlic clove, Pimientos Piquillos rellenos de chipirones ( a definitely inferior Spanish export. Like mush.); Italian style salumeria, vino Carmenéres de Chile. Sliced, sun warmed tomates criollos.
I skipped lunch today! I'd had a modest breakfast of Jasmine rice and beans, did not take another bite until after 5:00 p.m. Original San Antonio Chili with frijoles charros on the side; a tortilla de maíz. I could hardly eat, for lack of appetite. I don't feel sick.
I just came home (4:30 pm) from shopping & did not eat a bite all day. As soon as I got home, my saintly neighbor came over with a bowl to give me, saying "Try my little invention." YUM -- tiny white beans in mole amarillo.
December 14, 2012: Our village celebrates el Día de La Virgen de Guadalupe on the 14th of December, as the circuit riding priest can't get to but a few churches of the extended parish on Dec. 12, the official day. So later today, after la misa, there will again be cazos de cobre (huge beaten copper cauldrons) filled with chunks of a freshly killed yearling beef, boiling in a broth seasoned with chiles and herbs and spiked with orange juice and vinegar. Sometimes, it's tender and tastes good. Sometimes it's tough and less savory. Así es la comida. I can always count on getting my shirt well stained with the chile sauce.
Six years ago...
There will undoubtedly be sopa de arroz, a sort of pilaf, and once in a rare while, frijoles.
Six years ago...
This year, we've been invited to a smaller, private comida at a neighbor's house. Her daughter is celebrating her first communion. This is the same house where I first tasted Sra. Carmelina's fabulous mole, at the 1st communion comida of the family's son.
Four years ago. Shimmering smooth mole
No doubt there will be gelatinas and pastel de tres leches. (To think that I used to love the latter.)
10:51 AM: I just went to la capilla to have a look. The outdoor kitchen is on the right as always. This year, all the cooks are men. They seem to be keeping a neat kitchen. The little church is decorated in the most beautiful way with fresh flowers. A wonderful new touch us that the floors are covered with fragrant, long leaf Michoacán pine needles.
There is a restrained but achingly beautiful feel about the decorations.
The cooking has started and it promises to be very good, both at the private house (mole de pollo) and at the church (some other mole, but mostly, the local version of birria, as pictured above.)
Last Edit: Dec 14, 2012 16:52:39 GMT by Don Cuevas
Tide Me Over Lunch: packaged roast turkey breast and boiled ham sandwiches on GASP! challah. Bread and butter pickles.
We are having tres amigas Mexicanas to a late comida, or early cena. As it's the last night of Janucá, we are having Ensalada Rosaura, latkes, applesauce, sour cream (crema) and for dessert, brown sugar-butter glazed broiled pineapple.
Drinks are non alcoholic: Agua Fresca de Piña, Mandarinada hecha con agua mineral. Maybe tea and/or Nescafé.
Last Edit: Dec 17, 2012 23:17:37 GMT by Don Cuevas
December 17, 2012: lunch was so late today,owing to house maintenance and repairs,that we didn't eat until after 4 p.m. Leftover sauerbraten, latkes, Ensalada Rosaura and some freshly steamed spinach with garlic and lemon. The sauerbraten gravy is the German version of mole. I had a cup full just for seconds.
The beverage of the day was Cerveza Nochebuena, a Jültide special here in México.
Salad leftovers, plus salmon salad, avocado, corn! Chiffonade of fresh horseradish leaves as a garnish.
Kirkland Pinot Grigio.
Some Danish blue cheese and crackers.
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