Monday, October 29, 2007

I Don't Stand a Chance Around Here

Saturday was a rather nice day. Both weatherwise and cooking wise. It was L's turn to cook and he is probably the better of the three of us at it. He started out the afternoon by making a pitcher of these:

homemade sangria

He had decided he was going to barbecue the steaks we had hanging around in the freezer. We don't have briquets here like in the USA. We have to use chunks of real coal. Here you can see the starter thingee I made using an old coffee can. Works great. I am really pleased with this picture. Look at the flame I caught!

It didn't take very long and the coals were ready.

If you're a meat eater, you'll love this next picture. If not, look away. These are New York Strip steaks.

These are the same steaks done to perfection!

He served them with roasted vegetables and his special homemade Potato Salad. I think the special part comes from the fact that he adds curry powder. I really like it.

Cooking isn't really a competition around here, but if it were I know who I would vote for!


Anonymous said...

i could almost taste that steak-it looks so juicy!

i add curry to lots of things! it gives just about any food some real pizzazz!

having some beautiful weather and making the best of it by going hiking today.


Billie said...

I'm so glad I'm not a vegetarian. I LOVE a good steak now and then.

Anonymous said...

How about a recipe for the sangria?

Anonymous said...

Umm umm Good.
The steaks look really good.
I think there are some photos missing, maybe.

Anonymous said...

Dinner looks delicious, Why is it that you can't get brickettes there? Do they not use them in Mexico or just not on the island?

Anonymous said...

Hi there,
I left a comment earlier, but I'm not sure if you received it. I was saying how delicious your dinner looked and how ingenious the coffee can idea is.
I was also wondering how long you leave the charcoal in the can for while it gets hot enough. When we were there in the summer my husband spent two days looking for 'carbon' It was easy to find, but his Spanish accent is apparently undecipherable to the Mexicans. Anyhow, after two hours of BBQing with the charcoal and lighting his foot on fire with lighter fluid, we had burned on the outside and raw on the inside steak and lobster. We are going to Isla in November, staying at a different house, and the last time we stayed at this place, the gas BBQ ran out of propane. We were assured we would have a new full tank the next day...two weeks later, still no propane. I'm not sure if they have a new tank yet, so we may have to resort to the charcoal again. Any help to keep my husband not on fire would be good.
I guess my idea of the Sol bottles in the wall is pretty extreme. When I saw places with it there I was a bit freaked out to say the least, so I can obviously see what you are saying about your guests getting hurt. What about a security system? Even if the police don't respond it will scare the shit out of the theives. Feeling that the island is fairly safe, your stories kind of freak me out and I feel sad for all the crap you have been going through.
I also wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your blog. We left the island a week before the code red with Dean coming and I was wondering how Isla faired. I found your pictures of Jose and Daniel cleaning up seaweed in front of Buhos. I've been reading your blogs every day ever since. Thanks for the entertainment and updates on the island. I really enjoy your blog!!!Don't like Sundays though....(except when you break your no blog on Sundays rule)Looking forward to tommorow...Sandra

wayne said...

Anon: I'm pretty sure that all the pictures are there. What one(s) do you think are missing? And you're asking me for a receipe? Ha, ha, ha! That's a good one! I'm not sure if they use "carbon" all over Mexico, but I suspect they do. Maybe my expat readers can answer that.

Sandra: Thanks for the compliments on my blog. Makes all the hard work I put into it worthwhile! Please don't worry about your safety while on the island. These burglaries are isolated events and I have never heard of a tourist being targeted. It just seems that we have some not so nice neighbors who know our routines. (or knew our OLD routines!) And I have never, ever, never heard of a personal assault on a tourist. Did you know that in Cancun and on Isla, a crime against a tourist carries a penalty of three times the normal? People know that and are respectful to tourists for that reason...and because we are all millionaires with money trees in our backyards in the country we come from!

Anonymous said...

Hi Wayne,
Thanks for the reassurance...i didn't know that about the penalty being three times the normal...I've always felt pretty safe there, just thought that it was my good dispostion and my mother's prayers keeping me out of trouble...ahhh, now I know for sure that that money tree comes in handy for something:) Sandra

Jonna said...

Wayne, have you seen those wall toppers that look like a trident aimed up with the outside tines curving a little to the sides? They are stuck straight down in the tops of the walls. Then, grow bougainvillea over them, crawling through bougainvillea is almost like crawling over broken bottles the thorns are so sharp, but it is pretty.

I think that sometimes we NOB types come here and see bars on the windows and glass on top of the walls and are aghast. Truthfully, it generally says nothing about the security of the area but it is a cultural preference to really secure your home whether there is a threat or not. I like the look of it now, particularly the nicely done wrought iron. Yes, it has to be painted about every 2 years, maybe every year on the beach.