Lions Mane y Salsa

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

With the drinks and the rose from the yard…

This one will get made again!

And day 97, t-3 to 100, is our usual margarita friday.

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.

Lentil salad with a red jalapeño hiding out in there for bite

We had mexican corn and zucchini

And a spice rubbed tilapia loin

And of course…margarita—-with our home grown grapefuit juice

On to day 83

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

Topped off with a margarita!

And that was day 83.

Border Grill Santa Monica

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

Carnitas Tacos

Chorizo and Egg Tacos

Yucatan Eggs Benedict Sliders

Peruvian Shrimp and Grits

Waffle with Pork Belly

Oaxacan Pancakes

Chicken Panucho

Steak and Eggs

Churro Tots

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

Peruvian Ceviche

Green Corn Tamale


Thats the end. 🙂
#bordergrillsmmemories

El Mirasol–Palm Springs

I think Jim ate here everyday this trip…what can we say?  We love good margaritas and good mexican…and this stuff is pretty darned good!

Make sure tou ask for the spicy salsa in addition to the regular…some nights its so hot we mix the two

Jim loves the strawberry margarita here and i tend to always get the maestro dobel, grande size…and usually drink two especially when the temps are running 110 ish


For a change we started with mini chorizo tacos!  Mmm

One of my favorites–camarones Dona Diabla made with their house dona diabla sauce that they make and sell by the bottle…this is not for those who have a fear of spice

And jims standby—the chicharonnes!  Which are also great!

Literally he at here for dinner wednesday with me, lunch on thirsday and friday while i was at work, and today for lunch with me…we do like it a lot!

Camachos–it ended up being a margarita friday afterall

After the wiarding world of harry potter, it was rime for friday mexican …

Camachos at citywalk is where i had my first shot of don julio real after a failed attempt to try the 1942.

Jim had veggie fajitas   
Lauras veggie taco (taco minus meat) and cheese enchilada

 
The sweet heat margarita

   
Jims round two was the heart of jalisco 

 
This is my Scratch margarita

   

Calabacitas sopes

    
 

Thats how we wound down friday….