Tomato Season!

I've been going back and forth about writing a blog about tomatoes. It is a perfect, summery food! It's also an (Indigenous) American original. But getting legit tomato recipes from the Americas that are cool and refreshing seems redundant. Salsa y mas salsa! Ha! But then I remembered another summery and tomato-y treat: ceviche! I love making mushroom ceviche almost as much as I love eating it! It's so easy and great for a summer get together so enjoy while the sun is still shining bright.

 

I am going to share my favorite recipe for oyster mushroom ceviche! I was going to share a salsa recipe, as well, but this ceviche is so amazing that I just want you to make it and tell me  how good you think it is.  I made it today and I think I'll make it again tomorrow! It's that good. 

 

The Perfect Summer Ceviche: 

This recipe makes 5-6 servings so make sure you have at least one bag of really good tortilla chips on hand!  Just double the recipe for big barbecues and fiestas.

Ingredients: 

1/8-1/4 lb of oyster mushrooms, roughly diced (I like to sauté mine, until soft, in either a little bit of water or 2 tablespoons of canola/avocado oil)

1 large or 2 medium tomatoes  

1/2 medium red onion  

1 medium cucumber  

1 avocado  

3/4 cup heart of palm, diced (optional)

1 jalapeño or Serrano pepper

1 fistful of cilantro 

1 big, juicy orange  

1-2 lemons  

1-2 limes

Preparation: 

Quarter all of your citrus and squeeze it into a large bowl.  Be sure to remove any seeds from the bowl with a spoon. Wash/sauté mushrooms and add them to citrus juice. Dice onion, peppers, heart of palm, cilantro and of course, the tomatoes. Add them to the citrus mix, stir and set aside for 1-2 hours . Dice avocado and cucumber. Add these to the marinated mix and serve! 

Happy summer, amigos! 

 

Beat the heat with this tomato-y treat! 

Beat the heat with this tomato-y treat! 

Welcome to the Journey!

I grew up living close to the earth. As a child I ran barefoot on horse trails through the Sonoran desert. I drank in the smell of the creosote after the rain. My cousins and I made forts among the mesquite and Palo verde trees. I swam in the creek after the thunderstorms. I foraged for broken native pottery. We ate the stickery prickly pear fruits. 

I was lucky in this respect! In some other ways I was not so fortunate. I was raised without true knowledge of my native roots. This is true of both sides of my family. I was an ironic brown child , living in the southwest, surrounded by white people. Here I was, living at the crossroads of Mexico and the US, and I had no real inkling of the native blood I had that linked me indefinitely to both countries. The history of my peoples was hidden from me and remains hidden, for the most part, even still today. 

I was also raised eating animals. Sounds normal enough... but when your family gets sick, someone is hospitalized or someone else dies early of disease you start searching for answers. The link I found seemed to be poor diet that was founded in animal consumption. I watched Forks Over Knives and discovered the China study, which is the most comprehensive study on lifestyle and disease ever done. This study seemed to show that my assessment was right: an apple a day (not a steak) was the key to keeping the doctor away. 

This led to a new era in my life where I turned to plants to sustain my vitality! I was uncertain that I could be vegan. I thought it would be monotonous. Nothing could be further from the truth! I have been able to find amazing, like-minded people who constantly amaze me with imaginative dishes sure to satisfy the biggest critics. I have surprised myself with my culinary creativity, as wel! I want to share that creativity with you! 

I want you to know my personal food journey and then go (re)discover your own. I want you to be inspired to health and staying the course! I am excited to shed light on a growing community of healthy activists that act like an extended family and support group. Much of what I have to share will be tied to my background in southwestern cooking and also in my ongoing search into my native roots. Thanks for reading! Please enjoy!