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Mexican cooking class - day 1

Monday, February 18, 2013

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.


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KELTIC-CARA 2/26/2013 3:51PM

    emoticon Avocados look delicious, so does everything else. I love trying foods from different cultures. Taking a class would be great, enjoy.


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GOULDSGRANITE 2/20/2013 2:00PM

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MELTEAGUE 2/20/2013 9:41AM

    AND no weight gain, BONUS!!!

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ZBMORGAN 2/19/2013 12:09PM

    Yum! Interesting that REAL Mexican cooking is much lighter than the American cheese and sodium heavy stuff you find here. And you were smart - you can sometimes counteract extra food by eating it early in the day, then eating very lightly in the evening.
Just make sure you don't go to class hungry!

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IRP1114 2/19/2013 11:52AM

    Glad you are trying out the class. Hope you find more useful interesting recipes to play with and make your own ; )!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 2/19/2013 1:10AM

    Good for you on taking this class. I was not good at Mexican food and that's bad being Mexican. I went to class called my Grandma house, lol! I learned lots from just watching her. Have fun in class.

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WALLAHALLA 2/18/2013 10:21PM

    looks yummy...i love salsa and homemade tortillas

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PEPPYPATTI 2/18/2013 6:20PM

    Thank you for sharing your class with us! I think guacamole is my favorite food in the whole world!
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MEXGAL1 2/18/2013 2:33PM

    sounds like a lot of fun. We have some real interesting classes here as well and I have taken a couple but as you say, not as hands on as I would like.
Looks yummy though.
glad the scale did not disappoint you.
Have a great rest of the day.

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GOLFLADY11 2/18/2013 12:37PM

    Wow! Thanks for sharing this cooking experience. We love Mexican food and I love to make my own salsa. We vacationed in Mexico for many years and really miss the flavourful emoticon cuisine. Hope you'll share more of your classes!!

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RODGRODMEDFLOD 2/18/2013 12:01PM

    Mmm, looks delicious! Salsas are great condiments.


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