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    Your Pantry

    One of the big buying points for this house in 2017, was the 4 foot wide, double-door, walk in pantry at one end of the kitchen. After we bought the house, we rented nearby for a month while we had some renovations done. During that time we stocked up on hard-to-find items we knew we'd need having owned a Mexican home before, mostly hardware-type supplies. Since we came into the house from the garage next to the kitchen, and to stay out of the workers' way, we stashed these supplies in the pantry. Well, here's what the "pantry" still looks like. You won't find a lick of food in it, but if you need to borrow an extension cord just give us a call.
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    Dinner 2020

    Last night was our anniversary so we cooked together. Mi esposo made a spicy Moroccan marinade for a butterflied boneless leg of lamb (actually half a leg, since there are just the 2 of us). Plated with a few leftover potatoes, chimichurri sauce and some pomegranate seeds. He marinated 24 hours and the grill time was surprisingly fast...22 minutes brought the thickest part to 110 and after a 15 minute rest it was perfect. Even the more well-done parts were great! Nice char....and no flare-up! MXN meats are not know for tenderness, but this was the best large cut we've had here in over 10 years!
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    Dinner 2020

    Made a stack of crepes (first time in years). Filled with ham, cheese and peas in a bechamel.
  4. An Ooey-Gooey version of Mary Berry's Banoffee Pie. Bananas courtesy of our garden. I used a chocolate cookie base in place of her digestive biscuit base. Mi esposo se gusta chocolate; bananas, meh.
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    Dinner 2020

    Grilled pork tenderloin with pipían sauce (pumpkin seeds), new potatoes fried in duck fat, grilled zucchini and pickled red onions.
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    Lunch 2020

    Hot smoked salmon. And very smoky with a complex rub, on the sweet side. Personally I can't stand the mouth-feel of cold smoked, ala lox.
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    Dinner 2020

    Take-away. Indias Vestidas. Never heard of it or seen it offered here before. Filling was cheese, corn kernels, jalapenos. Served with a chile morita dipping sauce. Description from Larousse Comida Mexicana, followed by Google Translation: Indias vestidas Diccionario enciclopédico de la Gastronomía Mexicana Preparación a base de un alimento relleno, generalmente flor de calabaza, capeado o empanizado, que se consume como antojito o entremés. Es un platillo de creación reciente que se puede encontrar en diversos restaurantes. En Hidalgo, por ejemplo, puede ser un triángulo de tortilla de maíz doblada, rellena de queso, capeada, frita y bañada en caldillo de jitomate. En los restaurantes del Distrito Federal suelen ser flores de calabaza rellenas de queso y epazote, capeadas o empanizadas y fritas, que se sirven acompañadas de una salsa picante. Conocida también como indios vestidos. Dressed Indians Encyclopedic Dictionary of Mexican Gastronomy Preparation based on a stuffed food, generally pumpkin flower, battered or breaded, which is consumed as a snack or appetizer. It is a recently created dish that can be found in various restaurants. In Hidalgo, for example, it can be a triangle of folded corn tortilla, stuffed with cheese, battered, fried and bathed in tomato sauce. In the restaurants of Mexico City, they are usually pumpkin flowers stuffed with cheese and epazote, battered or breaded and fried, which are served with a spicy sauce. Also known as Dressed Indians.
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    Lunch 2020

    @heidih I hear you! I am usually in the category of, fish+cheese = no thanks. But at a restaurant we were served a pasta dish with smoked salmon and goat cheese...liked it so much I usurped much of the dish into the quesadilla recipe. When I get smoked salmon I buy enough for 2 meals; the q's shown above; and also a cold plate that I serve with a olives, pickled onions, chutney, apple or pear slices, deviled eggs, good bread, mustard, horseradish, etc.
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    Lunch 2020

    A local Canadian expat sells his own smoked salmon. It is quite luscious! This is my go-to use for it. Quesadillas with local goat cheese and caramalized onions, yellow pepper, poblanos. Not shown is the Big Squeeze of straight chipotle and handful of chopped cilantro. I grill them until the cheese gets very smoooshy. Mmmmm.
  10. There is a lot of sweet to it, which balanced the relish well. Made cheeseburgers for lunch today---I normally top mine with grilled jalapeno slices, but used this today and was happy with it.
  11. Found on the discount rack at our local "import" store. Half-price (from 105 pesos to 52.5p). I like it a lot---DH says it's too hot.
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    Dinner 2020

    I lucked out this week, times 2. The Guadalajara Costco now stocks Canadian duck breasts, specifically this brand https://canardsdulacbrome.com/ I also happened upon radicchio locally, an item I haven't seen in many many months. Not shown is the dipping sauce which was a sieved jar of McCormick's Mermelada de Frutos Rojos con Chile Morita (red berries with chilies).
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    Dinner 2020

    This is probably our last free avocado from a neighbor's overhanging tree. Huge (that's a full-size toaster)! My DH made a tuna ceviche which he plated over slices of this avocado. We used one-quarter of the avocado between us. I see a lot of guacamole in our future.
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    Lunch 2020

    Tuna ceviche on tostadas. The red pieces are picled red onion; the white cubes are seeded cucumber. I was most impressed with the tostadas themselves--most here are thick and tasteless. I found some "designer" tostadas, mixed flavors (chipotle, spinach, black bean) and seeds (sesame, flax, linseed). Nice and thin, smaller diameter (easier to eat, IMO).
  15. Quiet due to the bans on groups, bars and celebrations. But still deserving of a good meal. I am oh-so-late to the Instant Pot movement. This was my 2nd meal with it (don't ask about the first one 🙈). Made chamorro. My sauce rocked; it came out so shiny! No recipe, but started with a tiny jar of prepared mole', chicken broth, half a jar of French cherry preserves, small can of chipotle en adobo sauce, 4 garlic cloves, 1 huge red onion, 2 handfuls pitted prunes and a Belgium dark chocolate bar. Maybe other stuff, it was a 'clean out the fridge' sauce. Not a lot of recipes on line for pork shanks in instant pot. Checked veal/beef/lamb shank recipes and decided 60 minutes under pressure. Got lucky, it worked perfectly!
  16. Watched it last night. AMZN Prime Video; 6 bucks plus tax. Filmed when she was 95; shows her driving around Michoacan in her stick-shift truck, going to markets, cooking up a storm and being generally feisty. Good footage at her off-the-grid house in Zitacuaro and some old video and pics from her early days in MX in the late 50s. Enjoyed it immensely!
  17. Found this link to what appears to be production company. Lists sites where available "soon." Maybe tomorrow, the date in WaPo article. Whether I can view/buy here in Mexico, vamos a ver. https://www.dianakennedymovie.com/
  18. I saw this story in the Washington Post. I had the pleasure of meeting her in 2010, including just the 2 of us sharing a quick bite. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/voraciously/wp/2020/06/17/one-of-the-worlds-foremost-authorities-on-mexican-food-is-british-a-new-film-reckons-with-her-legacy/?itid=pr_hybrid_content_2_na-ans_2
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    Frozen Pizza

    In the past we have ordered an extra pizza, just to have in freezer. We sometimes do the stovetop pan reheat (if there's a driving rain outside)...but highly recommend reheating on a gas grill. I preheat it to 425, lower the burners, place thawed slices in it, with cover down for 4-5 minutes. Gets a great flavor from my seasoned grill. And by "seasoned" I mean, rarely cleaned.
  20. Thx for info. We are **thinking** we may fly to US in July and can bring the MXN versions with us. They are about $1 USD per jar. Yes, I'm cheap!
  21. I've been using these for about a year. They aren't super spicy, but decent chile flavor and a bit of a kick. I sieve them to make a smooth dipping sauce (with shrimp) or a glaze (grilled chicken, salmon, pork). Been using lately as a schmear inside of grilled sandwiches....Black Forest ham or smoked turkey with either brie, smoked gouda or goat cheese (sometimes add sliced apple or pear). The jam gives a good balance to the sandwich. I also serve it with crackers on a cheese plate. Are these available in the US? I checked Mexgrocer.com but they only stock McCormick's strawberry. I get mine here in MEX at the Walmart, but I cannot access Walmart USA website from here (it directs me to Walmart MEX). I want to recommend it to a friend who I know would love them; he's not able to get out too much these days and I don't want to send him on a wild goose chase. Trying to find it online in US and order it for him, or direct him to a store where they have them. If anyone's seen them, please let me know. Gracias in advance. These are the current flavors I have in my cupboard: Mango with Habanero Pina (pineapple) with Chile Pasilla Frutos Rojos (mixed berries) with Chile Morita Here is picture of a jar,
  22. May is our hottest month; hitting 90 daily, though very low humidity and lake breeze keeps it mostly tolerable (we have no a/c). Remember Tin Roof Sundaes (vanilla ice cream, Hershey's syrup, topped with salted nuts)? We made a Mexican version using spicy chili-lime salted nuts. Bit of nostalgia from our childhoods coupled with our local flavors. Hot Tin Roof Sundae!
  23. Bananas Foster...well just the sauce to put over vanilla ice cream. First bunch of bananas of season finally ripening in backyard. My gardener told me when the bunch formed that they take 100 days to ripen. He was right, almost to the day!
  24. We are having an early summer. Normally we don't hit 90 until May (then the rains start in June and our summer highs are below 80), but we have hit 90 twice this past 10 days. Our interior is 78-80. No a/c (or heating) here. I think 5 weeks in fridge will be fine for me. I worry about food supply chain, but so far so good. No shortages of anything, not even TP!
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