...sharing food...

i am currently sharing food pictures from Belize and travels in Latin America.... i hope you enjoy!
i have started this blog with a number of ideas in mind. i love to cook, bake, and otherwise play with food, so i thought sharing what i do might be fun. i am also going to use this as a means of recording the various dishes that i do come up with. i try to use all organic and as much local food as possible, and i am vegetarian, although a fish dish or two may pop up on here at some point along the way. i'll try to describe what i do to make the food, but if you want a recipe, email me at cocinadooglasATgmailDOTcom. i will also offer up some restaurant reviews from time to time, and share food that i eat on my travels. otherwise, enjoy, and make some food!!!

oh yeah... i like beer too!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

More Food from Punta Gorda, Belize

Here are some more shots of my food experiences in Belize. If you're enjoying the pictures and the evolving descriptions, keep checking back, as I'll be uploading more as the days go by...

This is Giovanni Foster, owner and chef at Earth Runnin's in PG.
Here he's taking a machete to the Goliath Grouper head that
was the centerpiece of my last post. My friend Jillian is in
the background.

Shark Steaks, Fryjacks, and fresh-made salsa at Earth Runnin's in PG.
Man, this was good!!

A Purple House Creation! I live in a purple house in PG, and try to cook sometimes.
Here's a simple vegetable fried rice, fried sweet plantains, and fresh cucumbers.
Prepared by my friend Sequoia and I.

Like so many other drinks and foods in Belize ~
Caribbean Flavours Cucumber Juice: Brings out the Man in You!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Fish Head Stew in Belize!

The head of a Goliath Grouper, or Jew Fish:
the centerpiece of Earth Runnin's Fish Head Stew

Living in the far south of Belize in the small town of Punta Gorda, it can be a challenge to find unique and well-prepared food. I've been hanging out at Earth Runnin's with chef and owner, Giovanni Foster, where I'm getting a first hand look at some great food creations based on local foods and traditional food-ways. He served shark and fry jacks for lunch yesterday, which I'll post some pictures of soon, but this post is reserved for the fish head stew we made a couple of days ago.

First, the fish head gets machete-chopped into large pieces -
notice the good amount of meat that comes with the head...

After the fish head is chopped up and cleaned in a hot water bath, the
pieces get marinated in lime juice, cilantro, kulantro, garlic, onion,
curry, turmeric and black pepper.

Cooking the Stew: A house made coconut milk base (from fresh-picked coconut),
simmered with large-cut bread fruit, cocoyam, and okra, the stew thickens
and the flavors mingle...

The fish head is separated out after the stew is done cooking.
One then dishes out the stew, and chooses their piece of fish -
with hopes of getting one of the prized cuts with an eyeball!

The finished product: a delicious bowl of fish head stew!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Belizean Food Adventures

Be sure to check back for continued updates and new pictures of the varied food experiences that I encounter in the Toledo District of Belize and beyond!

Dragon Fruit & Banana Smoothie
from Earth Runnin's Cafe and Bukut Bar, Punta Gorda, Belize
Thanks Giov!

Belikin Stout - the National Beer of Belize & 6.8% abv

Whole Red Snapper and Stewed-Beans & Rice
From Joycelyn's Food Shack, Punta Gorda, Belize
(I had already taken a bite before I snapped this picture!)