Monday, 24 May 2010

Green Chile Crab Linguine: a pasta dish with New Mexican flair

Faced with a relatively empty fridge the other night, I threw the following together, giving it a New Mexican twist. It proved to be a great 'storecupboard' standby and made a welcome change to the recent run of meat-laden meals that we seem to be eating.

Chile crab pasta - serves 2

6oz linguine
1 jalapeno, roasted and diced
1 tin of white crabmeat
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp tequila
2 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp coriander/cilantro (optional), finely chopped

Cook the pasta for 10-12 minutes in a pan of salted, boiling water. In the meantime, heat the oil in a small frying pan and add the diced jalapeno. After 2 minutes, add the crab and tequila and stir until heated through.

Drain the pasta and add the crab mixture to the pan. Toss well, adding the lime juice and optional coriander. Serve drizzled with extra virgin olive oil.

Thursday, 6 May 2010

Jalisco's Cafe, Silver City

As previously lamented, there aren't many places to choose from when you want to dine in Silver on a Monday night. This week, we decided to try out Jalisco's, one of the more obvious dining destinations downtown.

The place was pleasantly busy, a mix of locals and out-of-towners, seated throughout the 3 adjoining dining rooms. It's another homely operation, with pastel walls and rather utilitarian furniture, the menu offering all the usual suspects you would expect to find around these parts (burritos, enchiladas, tacos and tostadas). We ordered a plate of New Mexican flat/stacked enchiladas in green chile and the crab tostadas. The food arrived a little later (a reassuring wait that everything was being freshly prepared), and it was all very good, particularly the tostadas, generously topped with crabmeat, guacamole, diced pepper and mango. We both agreed that the meal at Kountry Kitchen had the edge over Jalisco's, but you'll have to go at lunchtime!

Jalisco's Cafe
103 S Bullard St,
Silver City, NM 88061

Sunday, 2 May 2010

Breathe out at The Breathe Inn

One of the best things about going for a long hike is being able to indulge in a completely guilt-free calorific meal when you finish. With 3.3 million acres of national forest on our doorstep, there's no shortage of places to explore and today, we rewarded ourselves with lunch at The Breathe Inn. This motel/restaurant/RV park at the junction of NM35 and NM15 is our closest place to grab a bite to eat. The dining room is an odd space; housed in the top half of sixties chalet-style building and sparsely populated with a few tables and chairs. The menu is standard American fare (don't expect anything particularly exotic) but it was tasty, filling and reasonably priced. The crab cake sandwich was particularly good; a crumbly pattie of lightly pan-fried crabmeat, with small specks of onion and green pepper. I'd also recommend the homemade potato salad; not too heavy on the mayonnaise, with lots of diced egg, green pepper and mustard seeds. All in all, definitely worth the drive.

Intersection of NM Highways 15 and 35
(575) 536-3206