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Tortilla Soup

To make a delicious tortilla soup you will need the following ingredients:

– 10 truss tomatoes

– one clove garlic

– half a white onion

– carton of chicken or vegetable broth

– cilantro (and epazote if you can find it)

– dried spices or chiles if you can find them: pasilla and ancho

– salt and pepper

– oregano

-olive oil

– avocado

– corn tortillas

– cheese (manchego or your preference)

-sour cream

In a pan blacken the tomatoes, garlic and onion on all sides and cook through without burning.

Place in food processor with a little chicken broth, cilantro, spices and blend.

Heat a large pot with olive oil then place the mixture from the food processor in. Put the rest of the carton of broth in and cook for about 20 minutes.

Rip or slice up some pieces of corn tortilla and fry in olive oil.

Put the following items in a soup bowl: tortilla chips, avocado slices, sour cream and cheese. Pour soup on top and enjoy!

Tortilla Soup
Tortilla Soup ingredients

Tacos al Pastor

 

Marinade:

  • Achiote paste or marinade 3 ounces
  • 1/3 of a pineapple
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Half a purple onion
  • Cilantro
  • Juice of one lime
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 ounce apple cider vinegar
  • 1 ounce white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon pasilla chile powder
  • 1 tablespoon ancho chile powder

Blend all together in the blender into a liquid.

marinade

Pork:

Buy pork shoulder or pork neck from the butcher and slice into into 1 – 2 centimetres thick ย pieces. In a large bowl layer pieces of pork and marinade on top. You can put in some pieces of bacon to add extra taste (optional). Marinate overnight.

Experimenting with Tacos al Pastor I have done it in two methods:

1st Method stack marinated slices of pork on top of a pineapple into a tower and cover with another piece of pineapple and roast in the oven for a couple of hours. Slice pork and chop up.

tacos-al-pastor-stacked-porkย tacos-al-pastor2

2nd Method lay pineapple slices on a baking tray with marinated slices of pork on top and pineapple slices on top, cover with aluminium foil and bake for 4 hours. Remove pineapple and then shred into pulled pork.

tacos-al-pastor-pulled-pork

Condiments:

Pickled onion:

Combine the following ingredients in a jar and leave to prepare for a few hours or overnight. When it turns bright pink it will be ready to eat.

  • Red onion slices
  • Warm water
  • Sugar
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • oregano
  • salt

Chop:

  • Fresh pineapple slices or if you prefer use the pineapple that cooked with the pork.
  • Fresh purple onion and cilantro
  • Fresh limes

Salsa:

In a pan without oil cook:

  • Tomatoes (roma, truss, vine, etc whatever your preference)
  • 1 or 2 cloves garlic
  • chilies (jalapeno, habanero, hot bullet, cerrano etc)

Once everything has been blackened put the ingredients into a blender or food processor along with half a red onion, cilantro, sea salt, juice of one lime and blend until you have reached the desired consistency.

salsa

Avocado habanero cream:

Blend in a food processor:

  • Container of sour cream
  • Avocado
  • Sea salt
  • Juice of one lime
  • Ounce of white vinegar
  • Cilantro
  • Half a purple onion
  • Serrano, jalapeno or habanero chile
  • Habanero hot sauce

habanero-cream

 

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Ceviche

Here is my favourite recipe for Ceviche:

Fish preparation:

  • Squeeze lime or lemon juice or a combination of both into a container.
  • Cut fish into small pieces and put in container, juice should cover the fish.
  • Leave in fridge for about two hours for the juice acid to cook the fish.

Salsa preparation:

  • Chop the following items into small cubes: tomato (or use cherry tomatoes), red onion, pineapple, papaya or mango.
  • Mince finely garlic, jalapeรฑo and cilantro.
  • Add salt to taste.
  • You can vary the items in the salsa but these are my preference, you don’t need to add fruit but it adds a refreshing sweet taste.

Once fish is cooked through in the lime/lemon juice mixture drain juice and add the fish to the salsa. You may add some more newly squeeze lime juice to the mix.

Final product should look something like this:

Ceviche
Ceviche

Enjoy with tortilla chips, tostadas or crackers and your favourite hot sauce ๐Ÿ™‚

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