Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Food for Thought

My NYC friend Estelle said, half jokingly, that she doesn’t like people who do not like onions or garlic.  Why?  Because it demonstrates they don’t like to eat.  Spoken like a true bon vivant!

Come to think of it, how can you cook frajitas, tamales, huevo rancheros, any salsa, anything Mexican, without garlic or onions (yahoo photos above)?  For that matter, how can you cook any of our favorite cuisines from around the world--France, Italy, Middle Eastern, Turkish--sans these two basics?
     If you like to eat, if you relish a grand gourmet meal, if you're a true epicurean, you have to like onions and garlic. And a good glass of wine to savour with the meal. 

     For Mexican food, not the fast food kind you get in the US, you need onions, garlic, veggies and fruit, all full of flavor, fresh, and cooked with a love of the ingredients: tomatoes, avocados, mangos and papaya, various red, green and yellow peppers, lots of cilantro with a dash of off-the-trees lemon or lime.  

     Thankfully, San Miguel has lots of great restaurants that provide the best Mexican cuisine, and also great meals from around the world. It's a foodie's paradise.  This might convince some of my friends and loved ones to try San Miguel one day!

      So for starters, get out the onions and garlic and try this great quacamole recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/guacamole-recipe/index.html.
I'd add a handful of chopped cilantro, a few drops of olive oil, and a dash of lime instead of lemon.

Bon appetite!  Buen provecho! 
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