Monday, February 27, 2012

Dinner for the Week

Here is my grocery haul from shopping yesterday. Followed by some ideas for dinner this week.

1 Kilo     Lentils for                          $2
.25 kilo   Oatmeal for                       $.50
3            Green & red bell peppers   $1.20 (.40 cents each)
1 Kilo     Roma tomatoes                 $.80
1 Kilo     Carrots                             $.50
1 bunch   Spinach                            $.50
1 Kilo     Brocolli                             $1

1 Kilo    Banana                               $1
2 Kilo    Watermelon                        $1.20
.5 Kilo    Plantain                              $.50
1 Kilo    Strawberries                       $1
1 med    Cantalope                           $1.50
                                                        total: $11.70*
                                                         plus $10 for meat & cheese

For dinner this week:
Lentil Soup with sweet plantains, bell pepper & spinach
Tortas de Brocolli (croquettes of brocolli with panela cheese in the middle)
Meatballs with zucchini hidden inside
Alhambre de pollo (pretty close to chicken fajitas for the most part)

*I like to buy the meat & cheese fresh, so I didn't pick up any shopping yesterday but
1 Kilo of ground sirloin beef is $7.
1 Kilo of chicken breast is $4.5
1 Kilo of panela cheese is $7
1 Kilo of eggs is $2 (needed in the croquettes)
I only need a half kilo though to make the meals.

This isn't to say we live on $20 a week for food, though that would be nice. There is still breakfast and lunch: cereal, milk, bread, pasta etc.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Our Bilingual Baby

Wow... Noori is translating things. Two things that have happened in the past couple of days.

Me to Iajia: Bajeme el jabon antibacterial para limpiar la trumpeta, no? Por favor.
Noori to me: Cleaning the trumpet, mommy?

Noori's two year old neighbor is crying outside our door (doors are right next to each other) Another child tells his mother: Emmanuel se cayo!
Noori, who is paying full attention while eating a snack at the table, turns to me and says: Mommy, Manuel fall down!

So he has been translating Spanish to English to me. I haven't noticed if he has translated any English to Spanish. Though he has less opportunity to do that.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Names, names, what's in a name?

The estimated due date is still months away, but here is a list of names that we have considered or are considering. There are names that we both like, that only one of us likes, and names that have been considered but not anymore, and even names that I like to joke about liking, like Lupe Lepe.

This poll is anonymous and it is a like/dislike poll. There is about 20 names on the list or so. Thanks for checking it out and voting!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Noori's Year in Review 2011

As per the request of family that hasn't seen Noori in a while: here are some of my favorite pics from throughout the year. I'm working on setting up a Picassa album so that I can post more pictures there.

January 2011
Sledding for the first time. 

February 2011
Cherry filled tomales for Dia de la Candelaria. Feb. 2nd is one of the snowiest on record. Winter 2011 was the second snowiest in over 100 years for Kansas City!

March 2011
St. Paddy's Day

April 2011
Before and during pics of a hair cut. Definately not the first hair cut ever, he needs a cut every month!

Summer 2011
Summer with family and friends!

Fall 2011
Ice cream after a bike ride with tia
Harvesting persimmons with grandma
Daddy/son photo of the year!

Winter 2011/2012
Decorating his letter to the Three Kings

 Picking out pinatas for the first of the year

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Hello Shamsiah!

This is the first time we got to see her. It is a head shot with her sucking on her fingers. 

This is the video where the doctor reveals the gender!

Transcript (more or less):

Noori wants to be picked up. Then he wants us to give him the camera.
Noori: Pasa! Pasa! (Pass the camera)
Iajia: No, not right now, we are recording a video of your little sister.
Doctor: That's right. You already know! It's a little sister!
Iajia: We didn't know.... we only thought so, for the way the pregnancy has been going.
Doctor: Well. it is a little sister!
Me: speaking English...
Doctor: This here is her bladder. And these here are the femur bones. And this here is the female genitalia. Without a doubt!

Sopa Aguada (Noodles in Fresh Tomato Broth)

In the U.S. the staple food for little kids is mac & cheese  likewise, I would say that the Mexican equivalent would be this sopa aguada. It is so easy to make and you can use any noodle.

1. Blend 5 roma tomatoes, half an onion, one clove of garlic and a cube of chicken soup seasoning with about a cup of water.
2. Lightly sautee your noodles of choice in some oil in a big pot (that can hold 2-3 liters)
3. Using a sieve, add the salsa to the pot of noodles. You might need to stir and push the tomatoe juice through the sieve with a spoon.
5. Add about 6 cups of water.
6. Bring to a boil and you're done.

To make it more nutrious, add vegetables such as peas and diced carrots.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Rica Agua de Coco

In the grocery store all of my life I have seen that exotic, hairy coconut. Sometimes I would go over and pick one up and shake it. Sometimes even knock. And always wonder about the holes in the top... like they really were specifically put there for the insertion of a straw and a little paper umbrella. I never bought one though. I didn't know what I would do with it once I got it home.
Finally, here in Mexico, I bought my first, very own coconut. I even had a plan for it. I bought it at the tiangis, a street market, where the seller was kind enough to explain to me how to make a delicious coconut drink. It is the simplest drink ever, but so very good that Iajia and I find ourselves rationing it out. This drink is like a really good song... you want more and more of it and never want to tire of it.

Here's what you do:
1. Buy your fresh coconut. Don't be shy, pick them up and shake'em. Pick one with a good amount of water sloshing about inside.
2. When you get it home, you'll have to hack of the hairy brown shell. They did this for me at the tiangis, but it didn't look too hard if you have the right knife (eh, they were using a machete), a butcher knife might work... any knife good for whacking. It isn't hard to get the shell off- more like peeling a potato, but the skin is too thick to actually use a peeler.
3. After the shell is off, poke a hole in the coconut. Turn the coconut upside down in your blender so the water comes out. Then cut up the coconut and add it to the coconut water in the blender. Blend to pulverization.
4. Once pulverized, take a sieve and push the coconut cream through the sieve and into an empty pitcher. Squeeze the pulverized coconut meat to get the juice/milk out.
5. My coconut gave me about a liter of the coconut milk. You can double this amount with water. So add 1 part water to your 1 part coconut. You could probably add even a wee bit more, but not too much, so that your drink stays creamy.
6. From here, you just need to add sweetener. I used sweetened condensed milk and that's what I recommend. Add to taste. I may have used less than half a can to reach desired sweetness. Just stir and you are done! If you don't do dairy- just add sugar or agave nectar. If you want it more milky try canned goat's milk, or just don't add that much water.