No idea what else to call this dish. It is 100 percent inspired by the tempeh y salsa recipe in La Vida Verde by Jocelyn Ramirez which I would never even have glanced at it had it not been for the amazing chicharrones en salsa at El Mirasol that Jim used to devour breakfast lunch or dinner back when we ate red meat. My dish started out with a batch of Rancho Gordo Buckeye beans made “the Rancho Gordo way.
I think took about 8 ounces of Lions Mane and did a fine dice and sautéed it until it became crisp but not burnt
I took half the finished drained buckeye beans and mashed them and then gave them the refried beans treatment with olive oil not lard and a splash of Mexican oregano.
I took two poblanos (1 for each of us) and seeded them by just a slit along the top. These were put in the toast setting on the airfryer on the medium setting. Once warm and pliable I stuffed them with leftover white rice that I flavored with Rancho Gordo Felicidad Chipotle Sauce. I set these in a warm oven to get themselves warm and let the flavors mingle.
Meanwhile I decided this was a good time to try the Adonis Spritz recipe found in Bon Appetit recently which I made in Ken whiskey glasses made as a collab with Mattel and Dragonglass
The plating went together like this:
Warm beans on the bottom of the pasta bowl, the chili stuffed with rice on top. I had put just a dab of cheese on both to melt while in the warm oven. I sprinkled the Lions Mane pieces (my chicharrones) on top, then drizzled a fire roasted salsa, then drizzled some Chema with sliced avocado on the side. Garnished with some tomato and cilantro
I defrosted some tilapia loin yesterday on accident so its getting used today. What to make, what to make…
First inspiration was refried black beans—i was home today so that was perfect. Alas, i have none, but i have a bounty of lentils. True to form those google searched resulted in a mexican inspired lentil salad.
We had mexican corn and zucchini
And a spice rubbed tilapia loin
And of course…margarita—-with our home grown grapefuit juice
We have cooked at home for 83 days straight since Los Angeles started the safer at home order and cancelled my birthday plans thanks to Covid 19. We have had a lot of lunch time delivery at work, but dinner has been all me–we have nowhere else to go!
Fridays are supposed to be margarita night and in a pre covid world it was always mexican and ive tried to somewhat maintain that at home. This week i had a cauliflower sitting here so I rubbed it with cumin, chili powder, and olive oil and served it with a home made crema.
I had half a cabbage that needed used so we have a slaw with salsa, cumin, vinegar and oil.
And i needed one more thing so i have a corn and chipotle salad
For probaby our final time, we went to Border Grill Santa Monica. No more day drinking scratch margaritas after a stroll down the farmers market since rhis location is closing after 26 years.
Greeted by the tortilla station:
Having had dinner and apps and drinks before, we made the brunch plunge:
We sampled mimosa and margarita and the great salsa and chips that greet you:
pictured is the cadillac, the blood orange, and a mimosa
And our dishes were:
Jalapeno Home Fries
Chorizo and Egg Tacos
Yucatan Eggs Benedict Sliders
Peruvian Shrimp and Grits
Waffle with Pork Belly
Steak and Eggs
We admired the design of the space
And we ate and had good company:
On the plus side…i have a cookbook from Mary Sue and Susan that has several of the recipes from the restaurant…and we can still haul ourselves to the downtown or vegas locations….
Love these margaritas though! Right at the bar in santa monica…the following are from our stop there two weeks ago