Monday, July 28, 2008


Aww, a few days off from the blog and I am feeling refreshed. I have been frustrated lately as it seems the only things I want to blog about are "taboo", with the potential to cause conflict and get me into trouble, so I stepped away from the computer and joined "real life" for a few days and am feeling a whole lot better about things. Thanks to those of you who sent emails of concern, all is well, I have not disappeared and it is nice to be missed!

Saturday afternoon sure helped my mood. We were invited to a party given by friends of Hubby's family. We see them once or twice a year and always have a good time with them. We were pretty much the only people at this party who were not doctors, it was interesting to hear debate and discussion of the problems with health care in Mexico from a doctor's perspective. It was kind of odd being the only foreigner there, I think at first it made everyone a bit uncomfortable, especially when we really got into the discussion of politics in Mexico. Everyone relaxed as I was able to contribute to the conversation with my support for all things Mexican and my disdain for the over development of Quintana Roo by foreign investors. We chatted about Tulum, corruption, the militarization of Cancun, the problems of living in a town devoted to tourism, more corruption, assassinations, kidnappings, bank robberies, if it's a problem affecting Cancunenses, we discussed it. And it was GOOD. I feel like I got a lot out of my system and I can move forward this week with a clear head. I felt very proud of myself for being able to talk intelligently about these topics, in Spanish for more than six hours! I think the ever present beer in front of me helped my confidence in that regard, the host wouldn't even let me drink the warm bits at the bottom before a fresh Sol was in front of me, nothing like liquid courage! I did keep whispering in Hubby's ear "I'm not making an ass of myself, am I?" and he kept telling me that I was not, I hope he wasn't lying to keep himself entertained by the crazy Canuck ramblings!

In addition to stimulating conversation and beer, I had my first taste of chile en nogada. Chiles en nogada are a very traditional Mexican food, often served on special occasions as they do take a lot of work to make. I was very excited to get to taste this famous concoction and I was not disappointed. Basically it's a poblano pepper filled with ground beef and fruits (peach, raisins, almonds etc), covered in a walnut sauce and topped with pomegranate. It's sweet and savoury with the possibility of a little spice (the ones we had were not spicy at all). Here's a recipe I found in English, there are a few variations out there, one day when I am feeling brave I will give it a shot myself. I am proud to say I am no longer a chile en nogada virgin and my first time was goooooood.

My First Chile en Nogada

So, I am back, I'm alive and I am refreshed. Ready for another week of work, blogging and enjoying all that life has to offer. Hopefully without the desire to bang my head on the keyboard that has been plaguing me lately. It's not a lack of things to blog about, it's the opposite, too many things to say and not enough freedom to say them! Pero, hay va, todo esta bien, vamos adelante!


Anonymous said...

Glad all is OK....was missing your blog!!
KW from Michigan

Scott Bulger Photography said...

Welcome back Kelly. Your insights and information were missed.

JoAnne in CT said...

Whew! I was beginning to get worried about you! Glad everything's ok and you are back feeling refreshed!

Alex said...

y mejor que se va a poner todo! it is so good you feel better, it shows in you writting :)

Theresa in Mèrida said...

That looks really good, Son learned to make them when he took Mexican cooking but do you think he ever made them for me? nooooo, I bet Max would make them for you if you asked!
I'm glad you feel better.

Kathy said...

Quintana Roo...SIEMPRE hacia adelante!

(you listen to the radio, no?)


Good to see you back and the chiles look amazing! I bet Teresa in Merida could put them to shame.

Kathy said...

I never emailed you my phone - we found Bead Beach has not been completely obliterated by resorts. Shoot me an email at jamnkats at gmail dot com and I'll send you my phone number.

Anonymous said...

Welcome back Kelly. I am looking forward to some insightful reading this week what with your break and all.

Jonna said...

Chiles en Nogada is pure bliss on your tongue, it's mana and ambrosia and any other thing that is so good it can't possibly exist... and yes, I like it a lot. It's more common in Sept because pomegranites are ripe (I just started seeing them in the market today) and because it represents the colors of the Mexican flag so it is traditional Independencia day food. I will never make it myself, you have to PEEL walnuts!! I need to find a good place to have it though, now I'm craving it.

Oh, and glad to see you back and I'm impressed with your acumen in discussing politics.

Anonymous said...

Dude, that picture makes me want to rip off my own head and eat it. Insanity.

I can't tell you how spoiled I have become from your daily posting. I missed you.

Somebody said...

I want some Chile en Nogada ... it looks soooo yummy and I've never heard of it either.I'm afraid to attempt it but may do it.

I know exactly what you mean about so much to say and not enough freedom to say them ... it sucks.

Keep your chin up!


Beth said...

Man, that picture has my mouth watering! Looks amazing!

Sounds like you had a good time at the get together. And, the conversation sounds the same as those we sometimes have here. Different country, similar problems. You just can't escape it!

Welcome back!

Paul said...

Welcome back. The chile en nogada at Frida's in Merida is to die for. It's a little different, but I think even better than the traditional version. It's price is $10 or $11.

Nicole said...

Welcome back, you were missed.

CancunCanuck said...

KW- Yes, all is well, sorry to leave you hanging but I am never gone for long!

Scott- Thanks friend, I'm back and moving ahead!

Joanne- Aww, thanks, I am amazed and flattered that I was missed. I am feeling good today!

Ale- Gracias mama, todo esta bien ahora!

Theresa- Bad bad son, you must share the deliciousness with your mommy! I think Max would love to "help" make this, he's starting to get some "responsibilities" in the kitchen. He made his daddy's sandwich yesterday, though maybe chiles en nogada are a little advanced for this month, teehee.

Harvestmoon- I listen to the radio, but generally only the 80's station, lol! I'm pretty sure Theresa would whip up a fabulous batch of chiles! I'll send you an email when I am done catching up on comments, thanks!

Jonna- Oh yes, total bliss! Pomegranates are starting to come into season, these were really quite yummy! It's a tonne of work to make this divine concoction, the woman who cooked on Saturday made enough for 20 people too!! Oh, and I think I could discuss politics til the cows come home (in English at least, in Spanish the cows might not get in the gate before I run out of words). :)

Heather-, rip off your head and eat it? I've been giggling since I read that. I know, I know, I need to post everyday, no need for you to go into withdrawal, lol! Nice to be missed, thanks!

Lisa- Hola (**waves**)~! Oh my gosh, if you haven't tried it you MUST. I can't believe it took me this many years to get to it, now I want it again and again, lol! Yep, lack of freedom sucks, but such is life! My chin is firmly up, thanks for stopping in! :)

Beth- I had a very good time at the gathering, very healthy to let loose with my thoughts in a safe place. Similar problems? Mmmm, maybe, but definitely to the extreme here. Talking about corruption in Canada and in Mexico are two very different conversations. AFter living here, I don't even believe there is real corruption up there, it's just a totally different thang.

Paul- We'll have to get back to Merida to try Frida's, I'm up for lots more chile en nogada experiences! That's a darned good price too (I'm assuming USD not pesos, lol)

CancunCanuck said...

CultureQueen- We posted at the same time, thanks mami!!

Islagringo said...

I love going to these kinds of partys! Except our conversations are never as "deep" as what you seem to have.

It appears you are now facing the same problem as the rest of us who know we are being monitored but don't want to give up our blogs. How do you write a meaningful, fun blog without digressing to mere fluff only pieces? I'm not entirely sure that I have found that balance yet. It certainly does make you choose your topics and word carefully though.

Heather said...

Now that looks yummy! We all need a break every now and then, heck I have more than a few, lol!

Anonymous said...

Ohh man does that ever look good! Where o where can I find a good place to try one in Cancun???


Anonymous said...

Oh yes and I too missed seeing your blog the last few days. Glad to see you back and refreshed. Take care and see you in about six months!!

Susan Lechuga said...

You scared me but I am so glad all is well with you. That chile looks so good and now I am craving some chile rellenos. Thanks.

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