Chilaquiles with poached eggs

October 10, 2006 // 1 Comment

Sunday mornings I normally feel pretty out of it after doing the farmers market in San Francisco on Saturdays. A fellow vendor described it as “market hangover” and I know exactly what she means. Once I spent the whole day in bed watching bad TV and the longer I did the less I could move. And the worse I felt. Good food is a motivator to get out of bed. This morning I made (Click for more)

Dealing with prickly pears

October 10, 2006 // 0 Comments

My cactus has gone nuts this year and I have dozens and dozens of prickly pears and a constant stream of paddles. I’m thinking of selling the pears at market but how do you clean them? After a little web research, it seems that a culinary torch works best. I had pretty good luck with a burner from my range. One of the sites suggested water afterwards and the stinging in my hands makes me (Click for more)

Vacacita beans

October 10, 2006 // 3 Comments

I bought about a pound of beans called Vacacita in Mexico City this spring. I planted them very late here in Napa (July 1) but they came up by the 8th. The plants are as healthy as can be and there are some white blossoms but so far no beans. I don’t think they’re going to produce. I have some back up seed for next year when hopefully I can start earlier. The few flowers will be (Click for more)

Leftover chile sauce

October 10, 2006 // 0 Comments

I had lots of chile sauce leftover and I’m getting obsessive with the technique of poaching eggs in chile sauce, I did it again for breakfast. I thinned out the chile sauce with chicken stock but I’m beginning to suspect water would have been fine. I added some previously cooked nopales (cactus paddles) and when the brew was simmering, I gently cracked two eggs into the pan. (Click for more)

Bean flowers

October 10, 2006 // 0 Comments

People don’t tend to know how beautiful bean flowers are. Let’s put an end to that right now! These were the last to germinate but the first to bloom. They are a Tarahumara Tekomari runner bean (which is kind of funny as they are known for being such good runners themselves.) These are Black runner beans. So far I haven’t seen much of a yield and now that the rain is starting I (Click for more)
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