This weekend I went to an art show in Manhattan, it was an afro-latin exhibition, I met some artists and was talking to them of my love of painting;
or lack of any routine or discipline, rather I played up the fact I was too busy with my blog about food and that
I was a chef, some said that could be considered an art and I concurred feeling a bit sad that I didn’t pick up my brush for some years now!
As for cooking, I guess I was inspired this weekend by the colors that reminded me of a certain flavor of abundant with color and textures.
Deciding on who invented or where the dish originated varies, I haven’t been to Peru yet so I will keep my opinion of who has better style out of this post.When I was in Mexico in the late 80’s I had a great shrimp ceviche on a beach where it was made by fisherman selling it to tourists, fantastic and yet so different from what I make today and what I have had in Ecuador.This is a pictoral hommage of the dish as I have made it many times at home and even in Ecuador.
Platano: (Tostones) with ceviche there are a number of condiments that maybe added to accompany this dish, plantains are peeled,
cut, fried and then smashed in a tostonera or even with the back of a large knife, I have smashed them with my hand too!They are then fried a second time similarily to french fries and then salted!
Ceviche de camaron
low flame till they start to turn a little pink, at that point the shrimp are doused with a little fresh orange juice to stop the cooking and the shrimp liquid becomes milky white.They are then combined with red onions that were rinsed in cold water, lightly salted and then covered with lime juice, a pickling agent that finishes cooking the shrimp.
The colors and flavors
Gilding the lilly!