Thursday, December 29, 2011

Shrimp Tacos

Currently, I am residing in Todos Santos, Mexico, with Imma who I went to Alaska with in August. Our friend Gracie is staying with us as well. The road here from Cabo San Lucas is under construction, so there is no road, just dust and rocks, and it goes on forever. When I finally arrived in Todos Santos, it was too dark to see the magic of the town. To recover from the drive, today was spent with a long walk on the beach, a midday nap, cooking and reading.  

Today's sunset

The beach here is intimidating. The pacific ocean collapses on the shore with such fury it is impossible to  leave the waves once you've entered. No one enters the water here, but you don't need to swim to enjoy its beauty. I walk along the beach during the tail end of the sunrise and the ocean is littered with life. So far I have seen a whale, birds of all types, and lots of sting rays. The sting rays swim in large groups close to the shore and as the waves crash you can see them tumble. When the waves have reached their maximum height, it looks as if you are looking at the sting rays through a class window in an aquarium. After the waves crash the tips of their wings break the surface of the water created many small ripples. This morning they were jumping out of the water exposing their white belly. 

Late in the afternoon, we decided to try out the barbecue with our left over shrimp. Imma was in charge of lighting the fire. It took a while, but after a trip to the local market to buy more lighter fluid we had a rapid fire. The shrimp cooked extremely fast.

To go along with the shrimp we made salsa and a salad. We also had avocados, cheese and beans on the side. We made the tacos with corn tortillas we bought at the local market. I also cut up some papaya and salted them. The tacos were very easy and used whatever we had on hand. Specifically, the ingredients I used were as followed:
  • 1 tomatoe
  • 1/2 onion 
  • refried beans
  • gouda cheese
  • 1 avocado
  • shrimp
  • cilantro
  • garlic and olive oil added to the salsa

There isn't really a recipe to follow when making tacos like these, but thats the fun part. Just pair ingredients you want to eat and see what happens. 

As we ate our meal, we watched the sunset. Towards the end of the meal, the night sky started to take over. The dessert sky is definitely something to be reckoned with. After we finished eating, we talked and watched the stars.

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