Friday, 15 November 2013

Dia de los Muertos (belated)

Missed this event because we were at a Halloween party and only just remembered we wanted to do it.  This is the Mexican Day of the Dead celebration.

We're using the opportunity to make Mexican foods and maybe a cheeky margarita.  Like we need an excuse.

Music: Spotify playlist.  Quite a lot of mariachi today as well as ghoulish themed tuneage.

Cocktail: I found a page of margaritas on one of my favourite food websites and challenged him.  Laden down with shopping, he looks like he is taking me up on it.  One of the cocktails included ginger and kale juice (yes) so that'll be interesting...

Pomegranate margarita

I think it tastes so healthy and fresh.  Bar the Tequila, I suppose it is.

Mezcalita de Piña

He had to grill pineapples for this cocktail!  And it has chillies and coriander in it!

It is a really interesting taste.  Savoury and hot, but sweet too.  We agree it's a bit like a Mexican bloody mary idea, and would be a great way to start the day on holiday.  Hehe.

Tostadas de Camarón Seco (Shrimp Tostadas)

Had to improvise as we didn't have any achiote (whatever the hell that is), and our dried shrimps have become normal prawns.

Also, for artistry, he made mini tortillas, rather than use big ones.

This was a really interesting taste experience.  At a crude level it's like a scrambled egg that tastes a bit fishy.  But it's got heat and texture from the topping and the crisp fried tortillas.  It was really lovely.

Chipotle wings with guacamole

This is pretty involved.  Deep fat frying the wings and making a chipotle (improvised) sauce with a bain marie (no less).  I don't know why wings aren't really that popular here in the UK, when all the US sitcoms have wings galore.  They're quite a fun and social food.


Although we left out the long marination part, this was a lovely dish.  A slight hint of heat, but the tasty rice and juicy pork went well together and it was truly satisfying.  Good to revisit.

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