Posts Tagged ‘ecotienda’

Hot, hot, hot

May 11, 2008

Things are getting very warm here. It is nothing like an Arizona summer, nor is it wet and sticky like a Missouri summer, but all the same we are feeling the heat. Everyone says this is the hottest time of the year. As soon as the rains come, in June, the temperature drops back down to the 80s.

I’ve been making lots of salads, which are mostly composed of lettuce, carrot, cucumber, finely diced onion, avocado, and mango. The dressing is 2 tablespoons olive oil to 1 tablespoon lime juice with a smashed and finely diced garlic clove, salt and pepper. (I think I got this dressing recipe from Françoise.)

Everything is variable.

Today, for instance, I added a tomato and some parsley. The dressing had some chopped capers and white wine vinegar instead of lime juice.

We also tried some lentil burgers I found at the Ecotienda and they were remarkably good. And, there was NO terrible stomachache afterwards. I sautéed the lentil burgers in olive oil and we ate them along side the salad. If I am to continue with this trend, I may try to make my own lentil burger.

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Tomatoes

April 20, 2008

This morning, I planted the last two tomato seedlings.  Which makes three tomatoes total.  A handful of radishes have come up and will hopefully survive the not so great dirt that they have been planted in.  The spinach is not happy and I am going to need to try it again with better dirt.  The temperature has warmed up considerably and we are regularly hitting the low 90s now.  My rosemary cutting has shot up a couple inches in the last few weeks.

In other news, we’ve been given the opportunity to buy our apartment.  We are so excited that both of us have been mentally rearranging various parts of our apartment.  Adolfo spent the first night after we got the price not sleeping because; as he said, he spent the whole night remodeling the kitchen.  I have been having daydreams about a grey-water system.  I think the tomatoes would be really appreciative.

We still have to see if we can actually scrape together the money to buy the place, before we can really implement these changes.

I didn’t make it to the Earth Day celebrations, but I did go back to the Ecotienda and found some biodegradable dish soap, some organic milk (descremada, which is close to light and not as fatty as whole), and some organic bagged salad greens from Ajijic.

The guy behind the cash register said that they usually have eggs and also seeds for planting, but didn’t have any at the moment.  Which just means that I will have to go back.