Home-cooking during the pandemic (part 1)

This sample is a testimony of homemade meals

By Cocina Cinco Fuegos

Days of pandemic, days of quarantine, days when no one enters home - no one leaves. The word quarantine until before COVID-19, referred me to the one that was kept after delivery, or because of measles, undoubtedly this word now has other connotations. 

 At the beginning of the confinement in which no one enters-no one leaves, and since the cleaning lady would not enter the house, my husband and I organized our day to day: cleaning the house, washing clothes and cooking.

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Spaghetti with cottage cheese and marinated and chopped chicken, garnished with sliced olive. Cotton tablecloth, placement with matching embroidered napkin with herringbone border and bias binding.

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Avocado halves stuffed with tuna, grapes, cottage cheese, cream and mustard. Grilled eggplants. Sliced white bread. Printed cotton tablecloth and cotton napkin.

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Baked tuna canapés, prepared with cream, mayonnaise, paprika and lemon juice, and garnished with sliced olives, bell pepper strips and melon balls. Oaxaca pedal loom placemat, cotton napkin.

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Roasted jerky from Yecapixtla. Tapado de nopales: nopales cooked in salted water, chopped tomato, cow cheese, chopped onion and oregano, all steamed. Yellow corn tortillas. 

Printed cotton tablecloth, matching placemat and napkin with embroidery and appliqués.

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White rice with onion, garlic and epazote, sliced and fried plantain. Sliced white bread. Oaxacan pedal loom placemat, cotton napkin.

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Salad with broccoli, potato, bell pepper and peas, garnished with balsamic vinegar. Toasted white bread. Printed cotton tablecloth, placemat and cotton napkin.

For my husband and me, now fifty-three years married, being confined at home has not been difficult, since we are looked after by our two daughters, son-in-law and the oldest granddaughter. They supply us with everything: market, supermarket and the necessary pharmacy. At the beginning of the confinement in which no one enters-no one leaves, and since the cleaning lady would not enter the house, my husband and I organized our day to day: cleaning the house, washing clothes and cooking. As for distractions, agreeing on what my husband and I would see has been simple, since, in terms of films, documentaries or series, we have similar tastes.

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Salad of apricot lettuce, purple lettuce, mango, olive and walnut wedges, dressed with olive oil and apple cider vinegar and sprinkled with grated Parmesan cheese. Croutons sauteed in butter.

Oaxaca waist loom individual tablecloth, cotton napkin.

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Jijona almond nougat, from Alicante, Spain. Nougat, the sweet star of the Christmas holidays. I have saved several pieces to enjoy over the course of the year. Oaxaca backstrap loom placemat, cotton napkin.

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Printed cotton tablecloth. Matching cotton placemat and napkin trimmed with ribbon and frayed edge. Linen tortillero with bias and machine embroidered rooster.

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Salmon seasoned with onion and pepper and cooked on the grill with slices of gourd tomato. Endive lettuce salad with d´anjou pear, carrot, cashew and garnished with olive oil, honey and pepper. Toasted white bread.

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I choose each piece of tableware depending on what I cook, like this rectangular dish and the bowl for the dressing. Cotton tablecloth and matching napkin.

Thanks to the supply that our beloved family sends us, we have a well-stocked pantry and refrigerator: vegetables, fruits, meats, sausages, cereals, pasta, dairy products, sweets and drinks. Organizing a daily menu that contains soup, salad, main course and dessert, which is nutritious and that we like, is a delight. I enjoy organizing the dining room utensils: crockery, glasses, glasses, cutlery, tablecloths, placemats and napkins, so "setting the table" is very simple, I just choose what I like.

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Green chilaquiles. Fried and sliced ​​tortillas cooked in a sauce with green tomatoes, Tampico chili, garlic and onion, with crumbled chorizo, cream and onion. Refried black beans. Toasted white bread.

Printed cotton tablecloth, waist loom individual tablecloth from Cuetzalan, Puebla, embroidered napkin from Aguascalientes.

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Fried chicken on a bed of lettuce and mashed potatoes, garnished with slices of bell pepper. Chicken thigh without skin, boiled with onion, garlic and coriander and then fried. Mashed potato prepared with butter, milk, egg yolk and pepper.

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Fried chicken, mashed potatoes, potato skins and sliced ​​tomato ball. One way to take advantage of the potato skins is to fry them raw with green serrano chilli, chopped onion and season with salt and pepper. Printed cotton tablecloth with applications and cotton napkin.

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Pork meat enchilada and roasted. Previously boiled nopales, cooked with tomato and chopped onion with oregano, on top of cow cheese. Blue corn tortillas in an embroidered blanket tortilla holder from Cuetzalan. Printed cotton tablecloth and cotton napkin.

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Chicharrón in green chili. Pork chicharrón in green tomato sauce with Tampico chili, coriander, garlic and onion. Red rice with carrots and peas. Refried black beans. Sliced ​​avocado. Red corn tortillas.

Cotton tablecloth, embroidered cotton individual tablecloth and juiced napkin, with bias and herringbone on the edges.

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Mango cup mouse. Sliced ​​mango, condensed milk and lemon juice, all beaten in a blender, served cold. Cups in Mexican silver tray. Embroidered cotton folder with hooked edge.

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I choose each plate for the dinner service according to what I cook, like this rectangular plate and the bowl for the dressing. Cotton tablecloth and matching napkin.

Reflecting on the positive aspects of this pandemic, I can say that I have greatly enjoyed cooking, setting up the table and having a meal with my husband. When I finish cooking, I arrange the dishes on the table and photograph them, the tableware I have previously chosen. Sometimes I have forgotten to photograph the dishes, other times we already had a lot of appetite and we preferred to do without them. And without further ado, let's move on to the table, that the delicious food is ready to be savored. We hope you enjoy the exhibitions presented, as much as we have enjoyed cooking and enjoying the prepared dishes.

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