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Month: March 2015

Hibiscus Water

Hibiscus Water

One night at dinner a long time ago, we were dining with company at a nice Mexican restaurant. As I was browsing the wine selection, out of nowhere comes, “What’s Jamaica?” Um, sorry, what? Isn’t it an island in the caribbean and what does that […]

Chocolate Swirl Babka

Chocolate Swirl Babka

Bread has always been an intimidating baking experience for me and one that I happily avoided. If I’m being honest here, anything that involved yeast and rising time terrified me. One bad experience and I was scarred for life- almost. Lately, I’ve been more curious […]

Ceviche: Yellowtail and Nopales

Ceviche: Yellowtail and Nopales

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We made a quick trip over the border the other day to check out an art exhibit and then went for some ceviche. Fresh, cold seafood was the perfect lunch to have on a hot day in Tijuana. Aside from making it at home, ceviche was something we ate a lot of in Peru and were really missing all of the exceptional seafood, especially their delicious ceviches. Luckily, we were able to get a taste of both Mexican and Peruvian-style ceviche this past weekend. Clearly, it made an impression on us inspiring our own blend of both styles combining aji chile from Peru and nopales used in some indigenous Mexican dishes. Together, they are a nice pairing with crunch and texture from the noples and just a hint of spice from the aji.

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Ceviche: Yellowtail and Nopales

Yield: Serves 2 as an appetizer

¼ pound fresh yellowtail fish, sliced thin

1 teaspoon aji paste

1 small clove garlic

½ oz white or yellow onion

Juice of 1 ½ meyer lemons

Salt to taste

5 sprigs cilantro (chop the leaves, discard stems)

1 small cactus lobe, cleaned

1 shishito pepper, sliced thin, seeds removed

¼ small red onion, sliced very thin

Prepare the Cactus:

Wash and dry the cactus lobe. With a pairing knife, cut off the prickly needles in one swift motion against the growth. Here’s a good video that shows the process: https://youtu.be/tSWNv2Q3ju4

After cleaning the cactus, slice into ½” cubes, place into a colander and rinse with cold water. Let drain. Place a grill pan on the grill and cook cactus until they soften, making sure to turn and move them around. This can also be done indoors on a comal or a dry skillet. When they are a bit charred and soften, remove from heat and let cool down. This can be done a day in advance. Store in the refrigerator until ready to assemble ceviche.

Combine the aji paste, garlic, yellow onion, lemon juice and salt in container. Puree until smooth with an immersion blender or in a regular blender. Transfer to a clean bowl. Add the fish, cactus, chopped cilantro, and red onion and gently mix to combine. Place on a platter and garnish with shishito peppers and red onion. Enjoy immediately.

Locro

Locro

We are in for a treat. Today’s post comes to you from K in which he shares how loco for locro he was. After some tweaking, we have nailed down a recipe that works for us. It’s hearty, comforting, and delicious. Two times. That was […]

Roasted Chayote Salad with Green Chile Dressing

Roasted Chayote Salad with Green Chile Dressing

Chayote is one of those vegetables that was mostly relegated to soups in our house. I enjoyed their mild flavor and they were a nice addition to a vegetable soup, but that’s as far as it went. Then, one day we were watching PBS and […]

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