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Nopales en Mole

nopal photo by riverdell.comAs I was making progress towards eating solid foods I suddenly and inexplicably developed a craving for nopales, known to gringos as prickly pear cactus, and not widely eaten by them. Nopales is not really one of my favorite foods, mine or anyone else’s: It is often eaten during Lent in Mexico as a form of penance. I had a jar of canned nopales in the pantry but I wanted fresh. So I sent my long suffering husband out to get some. He probably thought oh no she’s pregnant again.
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Review of Romescos Monterrey MX

I normally write Restaurant reviews on Food Buzz and then link to them to a teaser here. But this time I will do it the other way, because Food Buzz blew up when I tried to put a Mexican address in their database. Anyway, Food Buzz seems to subscribe to my blog posts so we’ll get it up there one way or another.

On our last night in Monterrey we had dinner with our good friends. Romescos is a charming pan-Mediterranean style restaurant located at Morelos 1076 Ote, Barrio Antiguo, Monterrey, N.L. Mexico, Tel 82189191. (Normally this info would be in the database, and I would have a link to their website if they had one.) The prices are middle range from about $8 to $17 per plate. You can choose to dine indoors or out, and we chose to dine on the terrace on the rooftop. We ate kind of early by Mexican standards, but we were all starving, as no one had eaten “comida,” which is usually served at around 2 in the afternoon. Just a few moments of sun in our eyes and then the sun dipped behind the skyline and all was excellent.

The food was well presented, and the portions were ample without being overwhelming. I was particularly intrigued by the lettuce leaf on our cheese platter that we got for appetizer. It was standing straight up in a blob of cheese. When I touched it it felt dry and flaky and it must have been flash deep fried or something. Tom ordered the shrimp dish, I got wild mushroom lasagne, my daughter got pesto, and our friends had pizza and I forgot what else. The food was all very nicely done, and tasty. We especially liked their beer pitchers. They are called “jirafas” and after we saw it we could see why. Jirafa means giraffe in spanish. They serve the local excellent lagers, Carta Blanca being the most famous in that region.

If you happen to be down that way, I recommend Romescos. It is about 5 or six blocks off Dr. Coss St., (the street that runs right by the Santa Lucia tourist plaza).

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Just in case the great cooks slide show doesn’t work here is my photo album the pictures we took from the evening..

Food Market in Mexico

Hey y’all, didja miss me? I’ve been back to my old stomping grounds (see Dork on Break)  and I came back with some pictures for you of the food market in downtown Monterrey Mexico.  Just so you have an idea of the prices, the Mexican peso was trading at just above 10 per US dollar, so the conversion is really easy.  If something costs M$100 that equals US$10.

mercado monterrey

mercado monterrey

mercado monterrey

Amaranth — the food of the Aztecs


amaranth

Originally uploaded by napiobai

This is the first post I am composing directly in FlickR— Woot! About eight years ago I planted some red amaranth in my garden. The fully mature red amaranth plant is a showy purple red affair with a large (OK I have to say this) phallic shaped seed cluster that is a brilliant red in October. Red amaranths grow like weeds but they are easy to get rid of where you don’t want them. I have never specifically planted any further red amaranth seeds but some always come up and I always let a few of them grow up. The red seed cluster contains little black seeds that are very nutrient dense. If you’re a glutton for punishment you can cut the stalks and dry them and thresh out the seeds when they are dry. They can be used where you would use poppy seeds, except that they taste better. They can also be popped on a hot comal. They are like teeny popcorn.

The young leaves of the amaranth are also highly nutritious. I was removing some red amaranth from my garden and I took a picture of them for you before I devoured them. They have a slightly bitter and otherwise deliciously nutty taste, and really do wonders for the presentation of a green salad.

The Aztec Indians of Mexico practically treated the amaranth as a deity. It is said that Cortes defeated the Aztecs by destroying their
amaranth fields.

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