Thursday, December 13, 2018

Cold weather soup

I spent my afternoon in my apartment because we are having some cold weather. I made a delicious bean, ham, fresh tomato and lots of other veggie soup. I also put in a bunch of grilled potatoes with a red pepper sauce on top that was from the barbecued chicken stand. Wish I could share it with everyone. 

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Happy Virgin of Guadalupe Day

Today is a national holiday. Fireworks have been shooting off since four a.m.  The brass band has been playing in my neighborhood since six. Chico hates the band and is sitting in my lap, shaking. This is a very noisy time of the year. Happy Virgin of Guadalupe Day everyone.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Morning Thoughts

I have forgotten about my blog for awhile. Thinking about this big rent increase my landlord has landed on me. Either I pay one third more for my apartment or else I have to move. So, I have been looking around at rentals. Very discouraging. Inexpensive rentals are extremely difficult to find these days. 

Plus, my neighbor is getting into the Christmas spirit, which means he plays his music full blast day and night. So loud that I am driven out of my apartment. With all of this going on, the blog has taken a back seat. I will write after things settle down for me. In the meantime, HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO EVERYONE. I hope things are going better for you than in my life at the moment. Chaotic here in my world.


Thursday, December 6, 2018

Greek Yogurt

These cold mornings have kept me in the apartment lately. I have been looking at cooking shows on Netflix and trying out different things. I love yogurt, especially Greek yogurt. I couldn't find a yogurt maker or cheese cloth for straining it or even a thermometer. So I experimented.

I bought a plug-in light socket and an extension cord and rigged up a warm spot inside of a large cooking pan. I did that by putting the light inside the pan and covering it with a towel. I guessed at the temperatures needed for the yogurt. I put the scalded and cooled milk along with half a cup of yogurt into a glass canning jar. Then I tucked the glass jar which had been wrapped in a wash cloth, inside of the pan with the light. Covered it and left it with the light on, inside the pan for eight hours. It worked. I had a jar of yogurt which I strained through a paper coffee filter in the frig overnight. Ended up with Greek yogurt. This first batch has some blueberries in it. Now it is on to the next batch. Living in Mexico where many things can't be found, leads to lots of creativity. 

Here is a photo of a small portion of the first batch that I made, with a few blueberries. No sugar. Delicious.

Maybe a picture will be worth a thousand words. Below is the Yogurt maker. Since I also couldn't find a light bulb less than 25 watts, I had to separate it from the yogurt by using my vegetable steamer and a microwave safe cereal bowl. 

I used a big glass canning jar like the empty one in the photo, but with the lid on. Below is a photo of the yogurt which is straining out the whey. I put it in the frig like that overnight and will come out like my first batch in that first photo. 

I need to figure out something to make with that whey. Maybe a soup? Don't want to waste anything. 

Monday, December 3, 2018

My Fish Veracruz

This morning Chico and I walked to the fish market on the carretera near Colon. I bought a big piece of fresh Mahi Mahi. Next door to the fish market is a nice vegetable market. I bought some small yellow peppers, onions, mushrooms, cilantro, mint, and a piece of nopal cactus. I made the fish Veracruz this afternoon. Here are a couple of photos. I am not a very good cook but I think I have perfected this dish.  Chico liked it too. Just the fish, no veggie sauce.