I have not cooked a full meal in the new house since I moved in last December. And Saturday was no exception.
It did not start out that way. I was determined to have a dinner at home before the week was out.
I have been trying to get back on the calorie-reduction wagon. Two months of American restaurant food has taken its toll on my old body.
So, off I went to the vegetable market to buy something healthy.
That trip was a success. I bagged myself four cucumbers, four tomatoes, and two white onions.-- for what I have now dubbed Mexican cucumber salad. The only thing Mexican is the color -- the three colors of the Mexican bandera.
Of course, they are also the color of the Italian flag and spumoni ice cream. But this is Mexico, and I have long ago learned to pander to local interests.
A bit of chopping along with a sprinkle of oregano, basil, and tarragon, along with a healthy splash of balsamic -- and voilà (to thoroughly mix today's metaphors): my dinner.
As I was walking home, I imagined just how lonely that salad bowl was going to appear. It needed some form of dead animal to accompany it.
That thought was undoubtedly directly related to my nose because I was passing my favorite Pollo Kalliman stand -- the home of pollo asado.
Every ten days or so, I visit the stand to pick up a grilled chicken, two orders of rice, some cole slaw (that I give away), salsa, and tortillas.
Today must have been that tenth day because I walked away with my fowl prize.
Here is my chicken drill. The rice goes into a large bowl. I strip the meat from the carcass in strips and add it to the rice. I then eat a small portion on the first day -- along with my cucumber salad.
The second day things get much better.
I stir fry some vegetables (onion, zucchini, carrots, sweet peppers, a jalapeño) and add that mixture to the bowl. The combination usually makes at least three or four more meals.
All told, I avoid the fat of local restaurants for two additional days.
And at a reasonable price. The total? $29 (Mx) for the salad; $90 (Mx) for the chicken and fixin'; and about an additional $30 (Mx) for the stir fry vegetables. For a grand total of approximately $11.64 (US).
Not bad for food in your family and centavos in your pocket.