Papas a la Jardinera (Jardinera Potatoes)


I am so happy to share this recipe with you today and although it is an easy recipe, it is special to me because the main ingredient of the recipe, potatoes, were grown in my garden and today we dug them out, so the recipe tastied even better.

These potatoes are called potatoes garden style, because after been cook in a little bit of oil, you can add the vegetables you like, I like mine with tomatoes, onions, green pepper and coriander (cilantro), other people might like to add other vegetables, so it all depends ok what you like.

So here is the quick recipe for these lovely potatoes.

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1/2 kilo of potatoes small diced 
  • 1/2 white onion chopped
  • 10 cherry tomatoes chopped
  • 2 tbsp chopped coriander (cilantro)
  • Salt to taste
  • Pinch ground black pepper
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil

To serve with

  • Feta cheese
  • Slices of avocado

Method

  1. Chop all the vegetables and set them aside.
  2. Heat a large frying pan and once the oil is hot throw the potatoes carefully.
  3. Fry the potatoes for 15 min, stiring them from time to time so they cook evenly all around. 
  4. To know if the potatoes are cooked, try one and if it is soft that means they are cooked.
  5. Once the potatoes are cooked, add the onion, tomatoes, green pepper, coriander, salt & pepper. Cook for further 10 min, making sure to mix the veggies from time to time. Then turn off the heat and serve.
  6. Serve them with some cheese and avocado slices. Enjoy

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Provecho!

5 Recetas de Tacos (5 Taco Recipes)

Tacos de Moronga (Black Pudding Tacos)

Makes 10 taquitos

Ingredients
For the moronga

  • 50 gr black pudding from a good source
  • 1 tomato chopped
  • 1/2 green pepper chopped
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 1 tbs chopped coriander
  • 1 clove garlic chopped
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Pinch of salt

For the tortillas

  • 20 small corn tortillas
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp ancho chilli powder

To serve

  • 1 pickled red onion
  • 1 red chilli
  • Fresh coriander
  • Lime wedges

Method

  1. Prepare the pickled onion, chopped the coriander and red chilli and cut the lime wedges.
  2. Heat 3 tbsp oil on a frying pan. Add the onion and garlic. Once they are a bit cooked, add the tomato and green pepper.
  3. Chopped the black pudding very well and once the veggies are cooked add the black pudding to the pan. Add a pinch of salt and stir. The moronga will cook very fast, cook it for 5 min at medium heat. Turn the heat off and add the fresh coriander. Leave aside.
  4. Then in another frying pan heat 3 tbsp of oil at medium heat and add a tbsp of ground ancho chilli, then quickly start heating the tortillas trying to cover them with the oil, don’t let them fry, the goal is to warm them and smoother them in the oil. Have a big platter ready and place the little tortillas on it.
  5. Each taco will have two tortillas, just like they do in the taquerias in Mexico!
  6. Then to assemble the taquitos, get two tortillas, add some moronga, pickled red onion, fresh coriander and chopped red chili, squeeze some lime and enjoy!

Continue reading “5 Recetas de Tacos (5 Taco Recipes)”

Cooking Comadres Mexican BBQ Menu

Nobody does bbqs like Mexicans do!! we love having a fiesta whenever we can and when we do, we do it big with lots of food and drink. In my family a typical “Carne Asada” (the way we call bbq in Baja California) includes guacamole, steak tacos, beans, salsa bander, spicy salsas, tortillas, quesadillas and, of course, beers and when everybody is in full swing, the tequila comes out!! the music get louder and we all have lots of fun. Continue reading “Cooking Comadres Mexican BBQ Menu”

Cooking Comadres Easter Feast

Easter in Mexico is a very important holiday to gather with your love ones. Families gather to celebrate and spend time cooking, eating and having fun. Everybody helps with the cooking and that is one of the things that as an expat you miss the most, but I always try to celebrate with my little family here in London, just the way I would do it in Mexico with my mum, brother and sisters, so when Susy told me if I wanted to cook with her an Easter Feast, I thought it was a brilliant idea! Continue reading “Cooking Comadres Easter Feast”

Enchiladas Rojas (Red Enchiladas)


Enchiladas Rojas are so popular in Mexico that you will find them in any Mexican restaurant, this is the type of dish that you could use to describe Mexican food: comforting, vibrant in colour, healthy, delicious, simple and use of chillies. In my family we always use dried Anaheim chillies to make the red sauce, but traditionally is made with guajillo chillies and these are the ones I used for these enchiladas. They can be filled with chicken, cheese or refried beans, I made mine with chicken, I find them more filling. Continue reading “Enchiladas Rojas (Red Enchiladas)”

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Tamales de Pollo en Salsa Verde (Chicken in Green Salsa Tamales)

 ¡Hola! I have been away from posting recipes for a while, but today is a special day in Mexico, it is Día de la Candelaría, which is a catholic celebration and if you read my post about King’s Day when we do in Mexico Rosca de Reyes (King’s ring cake), you will know that today my daughter had the duty to make tamales as she was the one to find the little doll in the cake, so I though it would be a good idea to get her involved in cooking tamales and to teach her about our lovely traditions about mexican food.  Continue reading “Tamales de Pollo en Salsa Verde (Chicken in Green Salsa Tamales)”

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Mole de Olla (Beef Mole de Olla)

  

Mole de Olla is nothing else than a scrumptious beef mexican chilli broth, it is a very different from the thick mole poblano sauce you all probably know or have heard, this dish is very healthy because it has lots of vegetables and packed with beautiful flavour given by the epazote and chillies.

The mole de Olla can be made with beef or pork and different types of chillies, depending how hot you like your food, in this ocassion I only used guajillo and ancho chillies because I didn’t want it to be too spicy as this is going to be eaten by my children as well, but if you can habdle heat then add 3 arbol chillies.

One of the ingredients that characterised this dish is fresh epazote, a mexican herb, its flavour is quite difficult to describe, but it gives a uniqueness to this recipe, I don’t have fresh one, so I am using dry epazote, another ingredient that is used is the xoconostle, which is a type of prickly pear, similar to the tuna, but if you can’t find some here, don’t worry.

This recipe is so good, healthy and very easy to make that you will see yourself making it very often.

Serves 4

Prep 15 min

Cook 2 hr 30 min approx

Ingredients

  • 2 large beef osso bucco cut in chunks
  • Dried epazote to taste
  • 2 tomatoes cut in half
  • 1/2 onion
  • 4 cloves garlic peeled
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • 3 pepper corns
  • 3 dried guajillo chillies, cleaned, deseeded.
  • 1 ancho chilli, cleaned, deseeded
  • 2 arbol chillies if you want more heat (optional)

Vegetables

  • 2 large carrots peeled and cut in chunks
  • 2 large courgettes cut in chunks
  • 3 large potatoes peeled and cut in chunks
  • 1 Chayote cut in chunks (vegetable fruit) optional
  • 2 corn on cob cut in pieces
  • 75 gr green beans cut

Method

  1. Put the meat, tomatoes, onion, garlic, epazote in a large casserole dish covering everything with enough water and put in to cook first at high heat and once it is boiling, low the heat down and let simmer until the meat is almost falling apart, this takes aroung 1 hr 45 min.
  2. Once the onion, tomato and garlic have given the flavour, remove them from the broth and keep it aside to use with the chillies to make the sauce.
  3. To make the chilli sauce put the chillies to boil with water for 10 min. Then blend them together with the tomato, onion and one garlic, all these vegetables from the broth, then sieve it and add it to the meat.
  4. Just 30 min before the meat is done, start adding the vegetables in this order: carrots, after 10 min add thr potatoes, then corn, after the chayote, courgettes and green beans.
  5. When everything is cooked, serve it in a bowl with some lime wedges.

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Provecho!