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How to make Mexican Coffee or ‘Café de Olla’

Who doesn’t like a nice hot cup of coffee? Especially in these cold winter months it’s a good way to wake up in the morning:  ANY TIME is a good time for coffee!!! I was thinking of that during the Christmas Holidays how it would be nice to share another recipe with you: Mexican Coffee.  My mother-in-law prepared this for me when I came to Mexico for the first time in 2001 and I immediately loved it! This coffee is prepared in a special clay pot, hence the name ‘Café de Olla’ or Coffee from the Pot. The recipe calls for ‘piloncillo‘, which is a block of raw cane sugar, but you could use mascabado sugar instead. Enjoy!!!

Ingredients for 4 cups:

  • 4 cups of water
  • 4 heaped tablespoons of coffee
  • 125 gram or 4 ounces piloncillo or mascabado sugar
  • cinnamon stick of 10 cm or  4 inches
  • 5 cloves
  • (optional: peel of  1/4 of an orange)

Preparation:

Heat the water in a saucepan and add the cinnamon and cloves. If you want, you can add the orange peel. Once it boils, add the piloncillo or mascabado sugar and leave it to dissolve. Lower the heat and add the coffee. Leave everything to boil for 5 minutes. Switch off the heat and let it stand for another 5 minutes. Sieve before serving.

 

 

Buen Provecho!!!     Dancing Chef Maaike

 

 

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Guess Hu’s Coming To Dinner?!

Guess Hu’s Coming To Dinner!

On the 19th of January 2011, in the wintery cold of Washington of D.C, the who’s HU of the world gathered around eating from precious china, sipping wines from exquisite crystal goblets and dining on world cuisine.

What?

Okay lets try again.

President Hu Jintao of China was seated at a state dinner,eating from vintage and gold filled porcelain dinnerware at the White House drinking rare red wines and wondering what the heck black trumpet mushrooms are all about let alone how to eat them.

 

Looks like the White house choose a subtle, classic comfort food for tonight’s affair.

Poached Maine Lobster(1st red item),Dry aged Rib Eye(2nd red,good choice) with buttermilk crisp onions,double stuffed potatoes and creamed spinach, yes naturally a comfort food staple for dessert.

Good old fashioned apple (hopefully one more red item)pie with vanilla ice cream.

I googled back to last years visit of President Calderon for the state dinner and found,Sonoran beef smothered in Oaxacan mole or with a roasted pork covered in salsa verde,a jicama vinaigrette salad finally a chocolate cajeta tart.

I would think the Presidents from around the world would like to sample the foods of the visiting country and not eat what they can get at home. But hey, maybe there’s a feeling of making them feel at home.

Fortunately The Obamas have enough red food items on the menu.

no doubt a superb Cabernet in there somewhere.

 

I guess Hu’s going to like that! Everyone’s going to love it, I am sure.

Just getting the invitation,is going to out weigh the food but I would have liked the Obamas to serve more of a vegetable medley or something green, lets face it Hu’s country could use a lot of green thinking.

If President Hu Jintao came to Mexico I am almost sure we would serve him a fresh fish with every kind of salsa to inspire his taste buds. I agree with the White House chefs that making a visiting dignitary feel at home is meaningful but in this case, I am not sure Hu’s going to enjoy it more?

Sounds like “Lets Chow Down” may be more apropos than Bon Appetite!

Leonique

 

 


Coquito – Great Drink!!

Coquito – Great Drink!!

Coquito on the rocks, With a cinammon stick to make it look pretty

Last month while we were talking about Rompope and all the things we mix it with, one of our Dancing Chefs who by the way is from Puerto Rico, told me about a similar drink, that is tradicional from Puerto Rico,  Coquito!!! (Little Coconut), so I took some time to look for the recepie, made it and let me tell you something if you like creamy drinks like Rompope and you also like coconut, THIS IS YOUR DRINK!!! Yummm! Really easy to make since you just have to mix up some ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • 2 15-ounce cans cream of coconut
  • 2 14-ounce cans condensed milk
  • 6 ounces white rum (use less if you like)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon coconut (or vanilla) extract

Preparation:

1. Mix all ingredients in a blender.
2. Refrigerate for about an hour before serving. Serve cold.

Serves: This recipe makes about 36 ounces.

Coquito with frozen strawberries blended together, and some cinammon on top

Coquito with Whipped cream and Nutmeg on top

Goes well with:

Ice Cream
Whipped cream
Fruit, Specially Frozen Strawberries (might want to blend them together and get a slush)

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did, let us know what you think!!!

Salud, Dinero y mucho, mucho AMOR!!!

Stephanie


Azteca Soup Recipe

Azteca Soup

Aztec Soup

We’re always finding new ways to make cooking fun. I recently found that taking pictures of my cooking creations has added a twist to my ordinary kitchen adventures. Over the weekend, it was raining and grey here in Cozumel (oh boohoo you say…I know – one day of rain versus your 3 months of snow just doesn’t seem fair does it!), so I decided I would make a nice warm soup, typical to this area. The chosen soup was AZTEC SOUP, or AZTECA SOUP, a very common soup served in Mexico. Similar to Tortilla Soup, the Aztec Soup uses the same ingredients, with the difference that tortilla is not blended into the soup, but rather, placed in the middle of the soup just before serving. I found myself this recipe about 4 years ago, when I first moved to Mazaltan, and ever since, have adapted it and made it my own.

You will need :

1 White Onion, chopped

3 cloves of garlic, minced

2 Poblano Chiles, chopped

1 Avocado

5 cups of stock (I used Veggie coz hubby is Vegetarian, but you can use Chicken Stock to get a rich full flavoured soup!)

2 tbsp of sour cream

Handful of Cilantro, chopped

2 Flour Tortillas

1 Can of Diced Tomatoes, opened

2 Roma Tomatoes, diced

1 tbsp sugar (to balance out the acidity from the tomatoes)

Salt and Pepper to taste

Oil for frying Tortillas (Vegetable oil is good)

1 tbsp of Olive Oil for frying vegetables

A Large Soup Pot Cutting Board, Sharp Knife, Spoon, Laddle, Tongs.

Instructions :

1.Chop all your ingredients that need chopping and put them in seperate bowls.

2.Heat Olive Oil in the Soup Pot and add onion and garlic. Allow to brown (10 minutes)

3.Add Poblano Chiles. Stir till they softenen

4.Add the diced fresh tomatoes, stir and allow to simmer for 3 minutes.

Then add the canned tomatoes. Add Salt and Pepper to taste. (commonly 1 tsp of each)

5.Fry well and add the stock. Bring to boil and then bring it to a minimum and simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring occassionally.

 

6.Allow soup to sit for 10 minutes.

7.In a frying pan, heat frying oil.

8.Cut your tortilla into strips, a finger in width. Add them to oil and take out with tongs once golden brown. Place fried tortilla strips on a paper napkin to absorb the oil.

9.Open up the avocado, de-seed, and cut into cubes.

10.Laddle the soup into a large bowl, add a dolop of soup cream, pile on the tortilla strips in the centre of the bowl, add the avocado and sprinkle some cilantro on top. Serve hot.

This is truly one of my favourite soups and I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I do…especially in these cold snowy days you have ahead! OLE! Remember to put on some music, something that relaxes you, so that when you are cooking, you are relaxed, smiling and humming away (I cooked this soup with Bach and Beethoven! Made me feel like I was creating a masterpiece!)

Happy Cooking,  Pamela


My Walk Home!

Did my much needed walk home from work today. Walking I saw a vendor selling fresh shrimp. I walked past a building that you can go to the dentist, the heart doctor and the gynocologist and pediatric doctor all in one place. Check out the hours for The French Quarter…..life ends after football season!!!!  The last picture is the best ice cream in town at Michoacan!!! The yummiest coconut ice cream ever! I had never even eaten coconut ice cream before moving to Cozumel.
We are having fun in Cozumel dancing the salsa and making the best salsas ever!!

 

JUDY

Street Vendor

French Quarter Bar and Restaurant

Medical and Dental Services

Best Ice Cream in Town


Lela has a successful year

It’s always an honor to bring you the Lela totals every month.  This month, Lela in Mazatlan chose Doctor’s Without Borders as their charity.  With plenty of Christmas love, our guests collected a loving $474USD and the money was sent directly to DWB.  Salsa and Salsa is always finding new causes and trying to give back to the community.  We try to find something current in the news, where the help will really make a difference.  So far, we have raised an amazing amount of donations from Lela…a whopping $4941USD!!!

2010 was such a fulfilling year for Lela.

She helped Haiti Victims by helping with medical supplies.

Lela donated to the Red Cross which went towards helping the families of the West Virginia Miners.

Chile received a donation to buy construction material to rebuild their school after the devastating earthquake.

Nashville Flood Victims got a helping hand through Hands on Nashville and Lela put smiles over there.

In June, Lela donated to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure campaign, helping millions of woman fight cancer and raise awareness.  2010 marked the 21st running of the series in D.C.  The event raised over $4.5 million and it great to think we were a part of that!

Epilepsy was in the spotlight in July, through a charity named “Danny Did Organization“, an amazing group raising awareness and working on a cure for Epilepsy.

An Animal Sanctuary, Survival International, JDRF and Lupus Research has also been touched by Lela’s love.

 

In Cozumel, Lela is on a mission to help start the process of getting a Blood Bank on the island.  We’ve extended Lela’s cause in Cozumel for January and February to make more of an impact.  For December, little Lela raised an amazing $625USD!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy New Year to you all, and to another promising year for little Lela the Famous Donating Pig.

PAMELA


Our Blog stats surprised us too! 2010 in review. Thanks for the support bloggers!

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 3,600 times in 2010. That’s about 9 full 747s.

 

In 2010, there were 40 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 109 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 30mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was December 12th with 53 views. The most popular post that day was How to make Rompope!!!!.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, salsaandsalsa.com, en.wordpress.com, mail.live.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for queso fundido, susan g komen, quesos fundidos, salsa and salsa mazatlan recipes, and salsa and salsa mazatlan.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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How to make Rompope!!!! December 2010

2

Lela collects $515 for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation July 2010
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Carnival Splendor! The Fun Ship Indeed! March 2010
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4

A Molca-what? April 2010
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5

The Salsa and Salsa Blog has arrived… March 2010
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