By the Sea

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Manzanillo, Mexico

Some of my most vivid summer memories are those by the sea, whether it was in Terracina near Rome where our family had a villa by the beach very similar to the one shown above, or Elba Island, or Manzanillo, Mexico. And of course, the salt-laden breezes, the sun, and refreshing waves making their reach up the sandy beach, all encourage, stimulate and otherwise tantalize the appetite! Breakfast? Lunch overlooking this wondrous spectacle?

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Chilaquiles
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Molletes

In our beach side resort in Mexico we would indulge in some simple, but delicious meals. Chilaquiles are great, but a little heavy. Here’s a light version: Take a few corn tortillas. Cut them in half, then in quarters. Fry them lightly in a tablespoon of canola oil. Drain on a paper towel. Chop half an onion, one tomato, a clove  of garlic, add a sprinkle of oregano, and cook briefly in the same saucepan. Salt as needed. With a fork smash the mixture until smooth and cooked down. Add the fried tortillas to the mixture and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese, add sour cream…put refried beans on the side!

If you don’t have time or energy, you can put together a fabulous breakfast or light lunch by making “molletes,” an open-faced sandwich. Lightly toast a bolillo or roll, or even a good slice of rustic french bread. Slather a smear of refried beans, add some white cheese (monterey jack, white cheddar, or fresh cotija). Place face down on a hot pan until the cheese begins to melt or soften. Overturn it quickly and sprinkle with  pico de gallo (chopped onions, finely diced tomatoes, jalapenos and lime juice – close to Italian fare!!), top with sliced avocado (optional) – a dash of hot sauce if you like, and  -voilà! a healthy meal in minutes.

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Morning walk…the tide’s out

2 thoughts on “By the Sea

  1. Hi Vicky,
    Your photos are making my mouth water and drawing me to the sea. What perfect Summer feelings.
    Connie and Sheldon

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