Monday, September 21, 2009

Late Night Musings...

I went to bed early tonight, but failed to fall asleep, so I thought I'd say hi. I was laying here and heard water, so I got up and tried to find it. If you've seen the earlier post with the video of my house, you saw that there aren't many options for dripping water. All the plumbing seems to have some slight leak, and I wasn't looking forward to finding my floor wet in the morning.
It wasn't near the kitchen...
it wasn't near the bathroom...
so I checked my bedroom window and heard the neighbors' shower! Oh the joys of close houses! :-)
Yesterday I went to Cuauhtémoc to visit friends and go ice skating. It was nice to be back on a rink! Cuauhtémoc is largely a Mennonite community. The Mennonites came down from Canada around the 1920s to farm the land in Mexico. Being from Pennsylvania, it's nice to feel a bit "at home" over there. This picture is from the trip:
Yes, a baby deer. Think "Bambi"...he's from the mountain area of Mexico, and lost his mama, so one of the missionaries brought him into town. He's currently growing up at the house where our friends were staying. I called him Bambi, but was quickly corrected--it's "Barbie". (Think Bar-B-Q...)

Hope you all have a great week! :-)

Monday, September 14, 2009

With the Youth

This week is the week of Independence Day here in Mexico, and the youth had a party Saturday night.

Here are some of the youth playing "Doctor". One team holds hands and twists themselves up as much as possible. One person from the other team is the Doctor and comes over to untwist them all.
This game was...messy...The goal was to use your face to find a small item inside the flour.
Judit and I

Chiles Rellenos

Friday I learned how to make a Mexican dish that I love: chile relleno. Here's how Claudia and I made it:

First, "toast" poblano chiles over a flame until the skin is blackened. Oil the skin so it doesn't stick to the pan. Toasting the chiles helps the skin peel off easier.

Second, peel the skin off.

Cut the chiles in half, and insert cheese. We used a cheese native to Chihuahua that seems to be similar to a cheddar/mozzerella mix. If you have toothpicks, this would be a great time to use them to hold the two sides back together.

Whip egg whites until fluffy, and dip the chile first into the egg white, then into a bowl of flour.

Fry in hot oil until browned, warm up tortillas, and enjoy! We sure did!

Mi Casita

Here's a brief video of my house in Mexico:

Hope you enjoyed the tour! :-)

Friday, September 04, 2009

"I've never seen a chicken in a grocery store!"

"I've never seen a chicken in a grocery store!" I said in amazement. My friend quickly followed it up with "Well, not alive!" I'm not sure why yet, but there were probably about 25-30 chicks in a cage above the eggs. You'll notice all the red, white, and green in the photo also--Independence Day is quickly approaching, so I'll be learning about how Mexicans celebrate September 15th.