Archive for November, 2010

TGIF #42

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Pink potatoes, pineapple pop, tuna cheese, originally uploaded by sbmilagros.

Yes, Mexico is a little… different. Here are some things I picked up on a recent expedition: Magenta potatoes, tuna cheese, pineapple soda and cilantro in the background.

Tuna cheese (queso de tuna) is not cheese, or tuna as you know it. It’s the brown hockey-puck thing in the bowl. It’s actually a sort of traditional candy made from cactus fruit puree (tuna!) I asked it there were any in guava or pineapple, but no dice. It was still pretty good, but kind of an acquired taste.

The pineapple soda… yeah, no. Although I do really like the apple sode- tastes like Martinelli’s & is good for an upset stomach (well, we all knew that was coming, didn’t we?)

I absolutely love the little pink potatoes. They turn more to reddish when cooked. I’m wondering if they’re similar to what my mom calls cranberry potatoes?

Let’s see… here are some links for your amusement:

TGIF #41

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Mi casa es su casa…, originally uploaded by sbmilagros.

The entrepreneurial spirit of Colonia San Rafael (my n’hood) never ceases to amaze me.

There are people who come in from the campos (little settlements in the country) to sell cactus, fruits, jicama, tortillas- you name it.

There are people who set up little shops in their front courtyards, people who sell juice & tamales for breakfast, people who go to Tues Market, buy clothing & then sell it on Wednesdays. It seems like everybody is working, scrambling to make it.

But I was a little surprised (ok a lot) to open my front door Saturday (That’s my door just beyond the little tree) and find a yard sale going on on my front steps. “Don’t worry,” said the lady in charge, “It’s just for today.” And sure enough, by the end of the day, everything was gone, and they had swept up my sidewalk as well.

Here are a few links to get your weekend started:

Why I don’t cook in Mexico

Saturday, November 13th, 2010

Breakfast at Fonda Dona Raquel, originally uploaded by sbmilagros.

So last year, you may remember that I came down with all kinds of good intentions of learning to cook authentic Mexican food. I did take a couple classes- my favorite was the market tour at Sazon.

But it became rapidly apparent that the whole exercise was a lost cause; I could buy better food more cheaply than I could cook it.

Case in point- this was my breakfast at Fonda de Dona Raquel in the San Juan de Dios market this morning. For about $4.50 I got: a chile relleno (the real thing- big blistered, battered & stuffed w/Oaxacan cheese), potatoes, beans, rice, salsa over the whole thing and tortillas plus a mug of tamarind agua fresca.

Now why the heck would I shop, cook, & clean up?

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TGIF #40

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Garden Statue, originally uploaded by sbmilagros.

I love this garden statue I saw on the trip out to La Purisima de Jalpa this week. We were moving quickly so I didn’t get its history. But it’s nearly big enough that you could curl up in her lap. She looks like she wouldn’t mind a bit.

Here’s hoping you can find a quiet sanctuary…

Here are some links to start your wkend right.