Strawberry lemonade

Homemade strawberry lemonade

En Español

This is my easy and quick homemade strawberry lemonade recipe, it is made in the blender using lemons (skin and all), strawberries and honey. You can easily replace lemons with limes for strawberry limeade. One of things that my kids love about summer is lemonade. As soon as the weather starts to get warm enough to wear t-shirts and shorts, I start getting requests for lemonade, especially in the afternoons after school or summer camp. I have quick and efficient way to making lemonade or limeade: instead of squeezing a bunch of lemons or limes, I just blend a couple of them with water and sugar, strain and done, freshly made lemonade or limeade in minutes. Late spring and summer also mean strawberries, which my boys are also crazy about, so we made some homemade strawberry lemonade using my blender method. (more…)

Posted on June 8, 2012

Green plantain patties stuffed with cheese {Tortillas de verde}

Green plantain patties with cheese

En Español

This is my recipe for Ecuadorian tortillas de platano verde, which are green plantain patties or savory cakes stuffed with cheese (or other fillings). Have I mentioned before how much I love the mix of green plantains and cheese? Probably thousands of times, but I don’t get tired of repeating it. These green plantain patties are made with a green plantain dough, that is basically the same dough as I use to make green plantain empanadas. I just add an additional cooked plantain, since the dough for the patties can have a higher ratio of cooked plantain to raw plantain. I included a list of tips for making the dough on the original empanada recipe, you can read them in more detail there, but the high level summary is that I simplify the recipe by using a food processor. I also find that at least here in the US, where the plantains aren’t always as super green as they are in Ecuador, it helps to add an egg to the dough. Again, that isn’t at all the traditional way, but rather just another one of my carishina (a Quechua term for someone who has no hope in the kitchen or anything domestic) cooking techniques or hacks. This variation of the dough is very simple, some other versions will also add some refrito or sofrito to the dough mix (similar to how you would make llapingachos) or ground peanuts (similar to a bolon). (more…)

Refreshing salads: Mixed salad with avocado dressing and salmon/avocado Caesar salad

Mixed salad with hearts of palm, orange, avocado, cucumber, radish, jicama and red onion Spicy cilantro avocado salad dressing

Mixed salad with avocado cilantro dressing

I made a couple of tasty and refreshing salads for this month’s guest post over at Van’s Natural Foods. I prepared a mixed salad using sliced hearts of palm (palmitos), jicama, avocado, radish, cucumber, red onions, oranges, and served it with a spicy avocado cilantro dressing, Van’s gluten free multigrain chips, and queso fresco. I also made a smoked salmon and avocado caesar salad with a yogurt dressing and topped with garlic waffle croutons (made using their gluten free waffles). (more…)

Posted on July 23, 2014

Patriotic red, white and blue popsicles

Patriotic red white and blue popsicles

These patriotic red, white and blue popsicles are made with layers of strawberry raspberry for the red layer, a vanilla (or cinnamon) creamy milk white layer, and blueberry blackberry for the blue layer. We’ve been on a popsicle craze around here, my freezer barely has room left for anything and is completely full with popsicles and ice pops (zipsicles or bolos as we call them in Ecuador). I started making popsicles at the end of May, and the first ones were yellow, blue and red gelatin layered popsicles to support Ecuador in the World Cup. My kids immediately asked for red, white, and blue ones to support the USA team. We also made ones with the Mexico flag colors and some layered with mora (Andean blackberry) and cinnamon milk. Needless to say we are ready for summer, and ready to cheer for our teams. (more…)

Posted on July 1, 2014

Mexican flag paletas or kiwi, lime, and strawberry popsicles

Mexican flag paletas or popsicles

En Español

This recipe for Mexican flag paletas or popsicles is made with fruity layers of kiwi, lime, and strawberry. These fruity layered popsicles are easy to make and perfect for these hot summer days. They are also a great treat to enjoy while watching the World Cup soccer matches, especially if you are supporting Mexico. The flavors of each layer can also be customized and adjusted based on your personal preferences and the fruits/ingredients you have available. (more…)

Posted on June 27, 2014

Avocado and salmon tartare with mango habanero sauce

Salmon tartare stuffed avocados

This delicious recipe for avocado and salmon tartare with mango habanero sauce was inspired by a fun visit to Tabasco that I took earlier this year. In March, I was invited to be part of the Tabasco Tastemakers and visit Tabasco on Avery Island in Louisiana. I’ve always been a fan of Tabasco hot sauces and it sounded like a great opportunity, so of course I said yes. It turned out to be a wonderful experience and exceeded my expectations. (more…)

Posted on June 26, 2014