Belize, Day 3: Eatings!

We started the day in a relaxing way, downing a platter of tropical fruits. This may have been less relaxing for Logan and Beth, who prepped the whole thing. Clockwise from upper left: passionfruit, soursop, and custard apple. Ami got out of the pool for three whole minutes to eat some pineapple. The baby’s favorite…

Enchiladas!

I’m pretty sure this was my first time making enchiladas. Unfortunately, I let this momentous happening pass without getting a good picture, because I had just about enough energy to make the things but not enough to do anything else. Logan heated up the leftover refried beans and made cilantro rice. He had also already…

Taco Night

You’re probably wondering how Gringo Taco worked out. Deliciously, thanks! The leftover braised chicken was terrific reheated. Logan used leftover rice to make a mustard rice, which is a really simple dish—you just take some mustard, heat it in a skillet, and then add your leftover rice. Stir to coat and warm the rice through….

Braising, by ME!

I am seriously pumped about how last night’s dinner turned out. Not only did I try a new (to me) method, braising, I also juggled two recipes at the same time. AND this was made entirely from things we had in our refrigerator! That last is a big step for me, as I’m pretty bad…

Ham!

I did it again, y’all! Broiled ham steaks with mustard and chutney glaze; broccoli puree with brown butter; and barley (which Logan turned into an ersatz risotto using milk and a little yogurt). Seriously, Jacques Pepin’s Fast Food My Way is wonderful. Full of 20-30 minute recipes that turn out actual FOOD that tastes good!…

Pride (and lack thereof)

Thing I’m proud of: I made actual dinner last night! Yes, I used some leftovers Logan had made (the polenta and that delicious mushroom sauce). Yes, I am aware that it looks more than a little like a TV dinner. Yes, I know this is an evil Western-style meal so we’ll probably both get, like,…

I want to learn to see food like Jacques Pépin.

More often than not, I prefer simple, straightforward food that can be prepared quickly. My wife, Gloria, and I often go out together to do errands or shopping, which usually takes longer than we planned. So we come home hungry. The first thing I do is put a pot of water on to boil. Only…