Yesterday was the first day of the mexican cooking class. I was a little disappointed as I had hoped it would be more hands on rather than just watch and eat... but still, it was very interesting and I learned a few things.
First thing he made was 3 types of salsa
- bandera (red, white and green)
- salsa verde crude (tomatillos and jalepenos)
- ranchero (cooked onions, tomatoes, jalepenos and garlic)
Salsa ranchero - this sauce can be used in almost anything - fajitas, omelets, soups etc.
He used the bandera to make the fish chevice and guacamole. The fish was mackerell, chopped and soaked (cooked) in lime juice for 4-5 hours. He mixed the fish with with the salsa bandera, some fresh squeezed orange juice, a squirt of ketchup and topped with green olives.
Chevice and salsa bandera
Avocado halves filled with chevice
Tostadas with chevice
After eating small portions of everything (a plate served the 6 of us) we got to play with some dough and made maize tortillas, filled them with cheese before frying them. I passed on eating those..
Needless to say it was a fun afternoon and I didn't need much dinner. I had a small green salad as I was still fairly full from the afternoon.
The good news this morning was that my weight stayed the same. I hadn't tested fish or maize tortillas yet and I was worried it would mean a gain. Not sure if these foods actually passed the test as I ate very lightly the rest of the day.
Let's see what this afternoon's class will bring.