martes, 30 de diciembre de 2008

A great surprise!

I ordered the book about a month ago , and it was supposed to arrive here the 20th of december, but as always the "reliable" postal service had a problem and when I gave for lost the book, yesterday the amazon package arrived!! I was so excited, since I saw the book I wanted it, and looked in almost every library in Mexico City, but none of them have it so ....here it is! 

Super Natural Cooking by Heidi Swanson!

Even more amazing that what I imagine, great recipes and great photos!
Ill be posting later some recipes:)
If you have any recomendations on vegetarian or vegan cooking books, they are welcomed!

For a snack I ate pita chips baked with Zaatar spices, a mid-eastern blend ...delicious..


For lunch I made ricotta and sundried tomato ravioli with a spicy sauce, waldorf salad (no chicken) and nopales sautéed in olive oil and onion , a true fusion food, Mexico meets Italy :D


And for dinner a salad with cucumber, lettuce, jicama and asparagus, and made a raspberry vinaigrette that quickly died in hands of my brother 



Have a happy new years eve! and a happy 2009!
Peace and lots of love!

domingo, 28 de diciembre de 2008

The attack of the cookies!

I love cookies but I don't make them very often , these are a recipe from my grandma and they never fail...They are not vegan ( cuz here in Mexico there is no substitute for butter sadly) but they are so delicious I couldn't resist making them as a gift for the holidays.

A lot of photos of the finished cookies






And moreee cookies!







These batch turned out to be a little brown in the edges :(


The batter with dry cranberries and dark chocolate




And my new moo-glove , I just loved it!




And for your delight here’s the recipe of the delicious cookies

Oatmeal Cookies (Grandma’s secret recipe!)

-2 ½ cup oats (not instant)
-1 cup of walnuts (you can substitute with almonds, raisins, chocolate , etc)
-1 ½ cup White flour
- 1 tbsp. Baking powder
- ½ tbsp.salt
- ½ tbsp. Cinnamon
- ½ cup of heavy cream ( I used yogurt)
- ½ cup of butter
- 1 cup of brown sugar
- ½ cup of White sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tbsp. of vainilla scent

Preparation

In a large bowl, cream together the butter, yogurt, white sugar and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs until well blended. Add the vainilla and the dry ingredients until the mix is homogeneous. With a spoon mix the walnuts and oatmeal.
Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Cookies should be spaced at least 2 inches apart.
Bake for 12 to 14 minutes in the preheated oven, until the edges are golden. Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks.

*And a tip that my grandma put on the recipe is that you should’nt put two batches of cookies at the same time.

miércoles, 24 de diciembre de 2008

Almost Xmas!

I just wanted to wish you all a merry xmas! and a quick food post



For breakfast , a rye open peanut butter and banana sandwich...mmmm

Not so good photo, but very yummy caramelized tofu that even my brother liked

The finished christmas dinner table =D!!


And for lunch, caramelized tofu with baked sweet potatoe spicy fries, soo good

martes, 16 de diciembre de 2008

good and bad days....

:)

good things:

I am home

I started the teachers yoga course and the retreat was so amazing

I can see my friends a lot more

I am painting and taking more photographies

:(

bad things:

I wont go to Panama
I broke up with my almost 2 year boyfriend, but I am taking it a lot better than I imagine ...

I have a lot of free time

I am not that hungry

lunes, 8 de diciembre de 2008

Some random photos

I´m just so happy to be at home, I have a lot of thinking to do...I'm very confused , but I guess It'll all turn out to be good...


The palm tree

The nochebuenas ...they only blossom in christmas




My tangerine tree



The roses





My "curtain"










sábado, 6 de diciembre de 2008

finalyy back!


Hey Im finally posting again ! Im back in Cuernavaca and with my computer repared I can finally post! . I pass all my subjects and now I will stay here until February, I think is a lot of vacations, but I plan on doing something productive in all that time, I'm going to go to yoga classes 4 times a week on an academy I found yesterday walking in the neighborhood, and it´s amazing, so peaceful and I´ll start next week, Im so excited!

NOPALES

In the food part, I made the other day Nopales Tacos, this is a dish that my boyfriend does very often and I think the only vegetarian food he does :P . Nopal is like a cactus, I know it may sound a little weird but actually is very common in here, they have a gooey texture, like the slim of the oatmeal but they actually taste amazing, and are very nutritive.

First you cut them in squares and steam them for about 10 minutes until they are tender and dark green. Then you cut some Manchego, or Mozzarela cheese in squares and let them melt but being carefully that it doesnt stick.



Then you can add, spices, chilly soy sauce, a Maggi sauce , and even lemon juice.



Finally you heat tortilla and put some in them and enjoy!, of course with some salsa for the flavor.

These is also another recipe I found in VegCooking, it tasted ok but the tofu needs to marinate more time.


Also I was chosen by Theresa from The Tropical Vegan to

something called "Pay it Forward"


Here are the rules:
The rules are simple:I will send the first three people to leave a comment on this post a handmade gift within the next 365 days .I am willing to post anywhere in the world, so don’t let that stop you commenting.
The catch is that you have to have a blog and be willing to do the same thing....
If you’ve got a blog come and join in the crafty fun, I promise Ill make something special! Leave me a comment and make sure to leave me a valid email address/link to your blog so that I can contact you for your address. So, it's pretty simple. The first three people to comment on my blog will get something for free. As long as you're willing, of course, to play along.

Have a great weekend and I promise Ill be posting soon! :D

sábado, 22 de noviembre de 2008

resting weekend...


Yesterday was not so good...too much things to do, and I ended exausted.

I get to Cuernavaca and then I went with my friends to a new bar but I was not in the mood for drinking, and was soooo hungry, but the only thing near was an awful Mcdonalds, so I told them to wait for me, and I walked until a restaurant called 100% Natural, that I like a lot and I ate a tropical fruit juice with pita bread, hummus and other vegetables, and while I was eating two of my friends started asking the typical question....but, where do you get the protein if you dont eat meat?, why are you vegetarian?...but it was cool talking with them without feeling they were judging me, and my boyfriend no longer eats in fast food chains, and that is a beggining:P

Also...I finally got my camera with the USB cable! so I can post some pictures....



My favorite tomato soup with cucumber!


Pizza Time!
Ive always wanted to make my own pizza but I couldnt find a good recipe for the base, and I found that this tastes very good and my brother who is a supreme pizza lover ate one pizza by himself, and today in the morning he asked me when I would do more:D, the mozzarela I used, was an italian organic one I found in Tepoztlan that an italian family produces and tastes amazing!

FRIDAY NIGHT PIZZA (Makes two 12-inch pizzas)
3 tsp. yeast 1½ cups WARM water 3 tbs. olive oil
1 tsp. salt 2½ cups white flour 2 cups whole wheat flour
To make crust, dissolve the yeast into the warm water and add oil and salt to that
mixture. Mix the flours and knead them into the liquid mixture. Let dough rise for
30 to 40 minutes.
1 cup sliced onions 2 peppers, cut up
While the dough is rising, prepare the sliced onions: a slow sauté to caramelize
their sugars makes fresh onions into an amazing vegetable. First sizzle them on
medium heat in a little olive oil, until transparent but not browned. Then turn
down the burner, add a bit of water if necessary to keep them from browning, and
let them cook ten to fifteen minutes more, until they are glossy and sweet.
Peppers can benefit from a similar treatment.
Once the dough has risen, divide it in half and roll out two round 12 inch
pizza crusts on a clean, floured countertop, using your fingers to roll the
perimeter into on outer crust as thick as you like. Using spatulas, slide the crusts
onto well floured pans or baking stones and spread toppings.
16 oz. mozzarella, thinly sliced
2 cups fresh tomatoes in season (or sauce in winter) Other toppings
1 tbs. oregano 1 tsp. rosemary Olive oil
Layer the cheese evenly over the crust, then scatter the toppings of the week on
your pizza, finishing with the spices. If you use tomato sauce (rather than fresh
tomatoes), spread that over crust first, then the cheese, then other toppings.
Bake pizzas at 425° for about 15-20 minutes, until crust is brown and crisp.

The lovely dough!A closeup...Now the cheese...

Then the tomato and olives...I couldn't take a picture of the pizza baked because literally it dissapeared...

Have a nice weekend!=D

martes, 18 de noviembre de 2008

Also seven facts!

I’ve been tagged to participate in this meme by Theresa, and here are seven facts unknown about me =D.


1.- I’ve lived most of my life in a town called Cuernavaca, that is 45 minutes from Mexico City, now I live in Mexico City, also when I was little I lived in Panama (where my mom is from), and when I was 15, for 6 months I lived in Montreal, Canada as an exchange student.

2.- I hate cars and also driving, I’ve been having a lot of troubles learning how to drive because I don’t like to be in front of the wheel , I know I have to practice more, but its just bigger than me.

3.- I have a butterfly tattoo on my hip I designed and I love it…can’t wait to have another one!

4.- I’m planning on getting my pierced nose (again) in the holidays. This would be the 4th time I get one in the nose, I think I’m getting used to it…the first I got it when I was 15 , I lasted about a year and a half with it, then I wanted a hoop, I bought it but I didn’t like how it looked so I took it away and left my nose with nothing. Within a week, my piercing closed, so in January I pierced it again, then in April I found the perfect hoop and I got it until February or March of this year, I took it away and let it close for my prom (my mom begged me to take my pictures without it…) and in summer I did it again on the right side of the nose , and I found a butterfly piece I loved it…but the same thing happened as in the first time, I left my nose without nothing for a night and it closed….soo the fourth is the good one ( I hope…).

5.- My favorite place in all the world is Zicatela, Puerto Escondido…it’s a little town in the state of Oaxaca. It’s the most peaceful, pretty, hippie, relaxing place I’ve been. I’ve been two times, the first one with my best friend…all our friends ditched us and I had all my money saved for this trip and I was decided to go …so I called her and she told me she was in, and I told her well…were leaving tomorrow morning… ( I knew nothing but some instructions of a friend that went) . We came to Mexico and 14 hrs of bus later…we arrived there…the first time I saw it, I knew I was in love…we went to Mazunte, Zipolite, Chacagua…it was perfect. The second time I went this summer with my sweetie :P and we also stayed in the same cabañas…and it was also perfect…maybe in some point of my life I would go to live there.

6.- Although my hair right now is pretty long, at some point a bad haircut came into my life…sooo short! I have super curly hair so I kinda wore an afro...sorry no pics documenting that hair cut….

7.- I used to take African dance classes, they were so amazing, fun and at the same time it tonified your arms and legs, I miss them very much…

jueves, 13 de noviembre de 2008

... a movie

Well these days have been a bit busy and I haven't eaten that well, living alone is sometimes hard because I'm not used to cook 3 times a day...so I've been eating mostly fruits, sandwiches , smoothies, avocado tostadas...and the other day in a class a guy came in selling vegetarian bread, I asked what did he had and he told me they had a kiwi empanada, cinnamon rolls, a chocolate croissant..but I had more of a salty crave, and he told me they had a handmade soyrizo sandwich and I bought it. I was delicious...you can taste all the spices and guajillo chilli, it almost tasted like the real one I haven't eat in years...even my friends thought it was meat...it was soo good! Sorry no pics, I lend my camera to a friend that is making a photography project about street signs so he will give me tomorrow my camera and with luck I will post on the weekend :D
In other things, I saw a movie that is really interesting and many more people should watch it so they can choose more wisely on what they eat


...I like a lot all about nutrition, food, organic, environmental...that makes me wonder if I´ve chosen the right career , I know I can change, but it´s difficult to decide, actually I didn't considered another option that wasn't art...but December holidays are near and I will have more time to consider my options, reflect, and decide what to do...and also discuss it with my mom.
This weekend is a holiday soo im going home and enjoy the lovely climate there, because I still cant get use to Mexico´s City climate...its so strange, (and is mostly due to the contamination levels) in the morning its cold...at noon its soo hot, but not a tropical nice hot, a concrete dry hot..and in the night its cold again...luckily of the climate its not that cold Im gonna go swim on a river weee!

Have a nice weekend!=D

lunes, 10 de noviembre de 2008

Long post and weekend!

This weekend I went to a little town near Cuernavaca, called Tepoztlan, this place is famous for being all fulled of hippies, having a great food market, beautiful mountain views, I just love it...and I havent had go since like 6 months...so yesterday I went to walk and I found some organic and healthy things!!...

This is a view of a mountain in which they are so close it almost seems a natural window is formed...

My bag with an organic loaf of amaranth/ basil bread, and organic amaranth flour...


Organic oatmeal raisin cookies from the same bakery ...And a new organic chocolate place opened , its called "CACAO" and they had the most wonderful hot mayan chocolate, semi sweet and home made...and I just had to take with me , organic cacao powder...
Today finally I went to the supermarket and get food for this next two weeks and I found some great things, Iced Tea, whole wheat pita bread, strawberries, fruits, bananas, pinneaple, avocado, organic lettuce, organic milk, refried beans, and some strange nopal (like a cactus) corn tortillas...


A delicious snack from almonds and coconut (note this is the only thing vegan Ive founf in Mexico)

My strawberry smoothie ! yum


And finally I had to take a picture of these Buddha made from foamy and painted , is just standing in the school and I like it a lot...these are the last weeks of classes and in some subjects the teachers are giving a lot of work, some have decided to give free clases....and I dont know if its good or bad....:S:S