When I first went in 2005, Maddy told me that I'd never starve on our trip to Mexico. She was more than right. With fresh fruits and vegetables everywhere, and some of the most delicious food anywhere, Mexico is foodie heaven. On this latest trip, to San Miguel de Allende last month, I missed having fresh (rinded) fruit dusted with chili, salt and lime from the street vendors, but this was more than made up for by our cook/maid, Tina. Tina has been with R, the daughter of my friend/host T, for many years - no doubt in large part for her culinary talents as much as for her sweet disposition. For our friend M's birthday, Tina made her very special dessert, avocado mousse, which was to die for. (I didn't get the exact proportions, but I believe it's made of avocados, vanilla ice cream, powdered sugar, and a bit of lime. She also made candied Marcona almonds for the top.)
Tina also prepared wonderful mid-day meals for us, including salmon and avocado salads, cilantro soup, and fresh guacamole. She cooked up enchiladas verdes and curried chicken with delicately spiced rice.
I'm afraid I don't have a photo of the chiles rellenos she made for us, which may have been my favorite of all. She left them for us while we were off for the day to the hot springs park, and we had a couple of friends of T's come to joins us just after we got home. So the five perfect chiles rellenos plus rice fed us all with little muss or fuss. The poblano chiles were filled with ground beef, chopped almonds and raisins, and they were baked in a tomato sauce. I found a somewhat similar looking recipe online that I must try when I have some time.
Tina also left us cut strawberries and fresh mangos for us to have with yogurt for breakfast before she arrived each day. We had fresh roasted organic coffee from Chiapas, too, from a little coffee shop in the center called La Ventana - for its window from which people often buy their coffee to go to sit and sip in the nearby plaza, the Jardin.
What I've posted here is just what we had at home, en casa, never mind the food we had when we went out to restaurants. I'll save that for another post!