Just returned from Rio Lagartos, one of the most interesting fishing villages in all of the Yucatan. Not only do the fishermen regularly net octopus, lobster, and many varieties of fresh fish, they are also known as the largest exporter of Sea Cucumbers in the area. Containers line up for this precious cargo to be shipped to Japan every year.
Fresh and delicious seafood is common to the area but no one has yet put my Octopus Potato Salad on the menu. So I am free to share my recipe with you.
Boil whole potatoes with the jackets on. When cooked, douse them in cold water and then peel and slice.
In a separate pot, boil whole baby octopi until tender, usually about 45 minutes depending upon the octopus. Cool and then clean and cut into pieces.
Marinade the octopus pieces and potato slices in a mixture of freshly squeezed lime, Cold pressed virgen olive oil, parsley, salt and pepper.
Arrange the potato slices on a bed of chopped lettuce and put the octopus on top. You can eat this warm or chilled. I prefer warm but chilled has its benefits too. Try them both!
Summer! Time for burgers. On my quest for delicious healthy gluten free, dairy free food, I came up with this one yesterday, Quinoa Amaranth Veggie Burger. And I also learned an important life lesson.
DO NOT EAT THE FOOD BEFORE YOU CHECK THE PICTURE QUALITY!! hahaha
Quinoa Amaranth Veggie Burger
My camera tumbled to the ground yesterday and while everything looked okay in the moment, I now know the automatic focus has been jammed…. hmmmmph… but I didn’t realize this until AFTER I consumed this most delicious veggie burger. So, please accept the apology for the less than stupendous photo. I will compensate with a recipe for a super delicious gluten free – dairy free veggie burger and when I get the lens taken care of I will get some more photos. The recipe yielded 10 burgers, 9 of which are in the freezer now!
Mushrooms sliced and sauteed in a little vegetable bullion with fresh rosemary
Red Quinoa (cooked)
Amaranth (my new cooking buddy)
Swiss Chard, chopped
Organic Chicken Eggs
A little Cassava (Yuca) Flour
Sea Salt and Pepper to Taste
Combine all ingredients including the juice from the sauteed rosemary mushrooms. Form into patties. If the mass is too moist add a little extra Cassava Flour. Cook in a skillet with a little olive oil until browned. Enjoy.
1/2 cup of uncooked quinoa which formed the base of this recipe yielded 10 veggie burgers.
This combo of edible seeds, gluten free grains, veggies and herbs provides complete proteins with essential amino acids as well as fiber, magnesium (queen of helping to assimilate calcium), calcium, iron, omega 3s, vitamin A and the memory strengthening qualities of rosemary to boot.
I always knew the day would come. That is, the day I would have to pay attention to my diet again. Having owned restaurants for several years, I didn’t pay much attention to diets. I was more interested in quality control and so sampled every day from the more than 100 items on our vast menus. I pat myself on the back to say the quality was good because of this personal practice. However, my waistline grew… seemingly on its own without my awareness.
You know, you wake up one morning and say…. how did I get like this? Looking back on the road of tasty treats, I realize the detours I took. So now…. the doctor says, it must be gluten free…. dairy free. Seems as if the proteins in gluten and the casein from cow’s milk and dairy products slip through my intestinal wall directly into the bloodstream. And then my strong immune system begins to attack my own body!! It is happening to more and more people every day. Sooooo…..
It has become a time to learn a new way of eating and cooking…. without gluten…. without dairy…..
Each week, I receive a basket filled with fresh organic veggies. And am learning new ways to cook and eat. Seems like we have been receiving a lot of those little yellow summer squashes lately, so I made a fantastic gluten free, dairy free vegetarian lasagna yesterday. And for those of you who have been urging me to share my recipes, here goes.
First of all I want to tell you about amaranth. Here in Mexico, you usually see amaranth, a traditional staple of the ancient Aztec diet, made into honey laden cookie bars. But I also saw it in a huge bag near the oatmeal. So I thought, let me try it. It says gluten free.
First thing I did was to bread and brown the squash with the amaranth and free range duck eggs in a little olive oil.
Here is the rest of the recipe:
Saute the tomatoes that are going soft with and onion and some garlic. When they all become very soft, add water and a little sea salt. Let the mixture simmer for the flavors to meld. Also add some basil and oregano to bring out the flavors of the tomatoes. Let sit and then blend all in a blender and put aside.
Build the lasagna like this…
1. Tomato Sauce
2, Breaded Squash. You can use zucchini as well.
3. Extra slices of fresh squash (Can you tell I had a lot of squash available?)
4. Slices of red onions to cover the squash.
5. Chunks of feta cheese. (Seems as if goat cheese is okay. Doesn’t have casein)
6. Layer of amaranth
7. Layer of squash
8. Tomato sauce
9. Get creative with the veggies you have available. Mushrooms, tomato slices, spinach, lettuce, peppers, etc.
10. Add some fresh basil and oregano
11. I used some feta mixed with green onions and I think it added the exact right flavor touch.
12. Another layer of amaranth. If you want, you can also add another layer of tomato sauce.
13. Dot the top with half slices of baby tomatoes
Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 – 40 minutes at 350 F or 180 C
Take off the cover and bake for another 30 minutes.
Served with some Kalamata Olives to put this flavor mix over the top.