Bumba 3rd Artesan Bazaar

Saturday Feb. 24th from 10:00 – 2:30 pm

Take a stroll on the Tomebamba River this Saturday and stop at The Bumba Bazaar and Fair.

14 vendors selling:

Fish
Bakery Goods
Aged Cheese
Goat Cheese
Smoked Parmesan
Franco Organico Coffee and Peanuts
King Smokehouse Bacon
Little Pie Factory
Jewelry
Leather Goods
Blueberries
Spices

Bumba Restaurant is located on 3 de Noviembre next to the old Sofy’s location

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Shrimp Alfredo

This morning I stopped off at the Monday Organic Market just in front of the Puertas del Sol Bridge where Melatte Coffee is.  I purchased a bunch of Spinach and my wife did the magic.

 

 

There is no better comfort food than a creamy and decadent cheese sauce with rich bits of salty cheese. It’s true, alfredo sauce just cannot be topped…but it certainly can be improved upon, simplified, and healthied up. It just takes a few minor adjustments and some quick cooking tips to make this one pot shrimp Alfredo!

One Pot Shrimp Alfredo

My absolute favorite part of this one pan recipe is that it goes from raw shrimp to a creamy sauce so quickly! Because you are cooking everything in a series of quick steps, getting dinner on the table and in your belly is less of a marathon and more of a sprint. Plus, you can put this sweet and salty sauce on top of any low-carb vegetable and it’s amazing. Pictured below is the sauce and shrimp over a bed of fiber packed greens but you could do anything from cauliflower rice to zoodles.

The second most appealing alteration of this recipe is that it uses a mixture of milk and cream cheese as the sauce to take out the agonizing “cooking down” portion of making alfredo. Just a little butter, cream cheese, milk, and Parmesan makes this sauce come together in a snap. Dried herbs are also perfect for a quick meal with minimal prep work and they are easy to keep on hand!

Yields 4 servings of One Pot Shrimp Alfredo

THE PREPARATION

  • 1 tablespoon butter, salted
  • 1 pound shrimp, raw*
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, cubed
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 5 whole sun dried tomatoes, cut into strips
  • ¼ cup baby kale

*Cleaned plus tails and shell removed.

THE EXECUTION

1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat.

One Pot Shrimp Alfredo
2. Add the shrimp to the skillet and reduce heat to medium low.

One Pot Shrimp Alfredo
3. Turn the shimp after about 30 seconds and cook the other side until they are only slightly pink. This is important because the sauce will continue to cook the shrimp once it is added. If you over cook the shrimp it will become tough and rubbery!

One Pot Shrimp Alfredo
4. Add cream cheese cubes to the shrimp pan.

One Pot Shrimp Alfredo
5. Pour milk into pan and increase your heat to medium. Stir frequently until the cream cheese has melted into the milk and no lumps are present.

One Pot Shrimp Alfredo
6. Sprinkle the garlic, basil, and salt into the pan and stir well.

One Pot Shrimp Alfredo

7. Dump in the Parmesan cheese and stir to combine. Let simmer until the sauce begins to thicken.

One Pot Shrimp Alfredo
8. Complete the dish by folding in sun dried tomatoes and baby kale or spinach.

One Pot Shrimp Alfredo
9. Remove from heat and serve hot!

One Pot Shrimp Alfredo

 

Traveling Salmon

I will be selling my fish at the following locations:

Friday Jan19th 10:00 – 12;00 pm Alegría Organics – Edificio Terrassas
Tres de Noviembreat the corner of Los Cipreses
next door of peluqueria “Jamy”

Friday Jan 19th 2:00 – 3:30 pm Hummus Restaurant – the restaurant is located a small parque (Parque Santa Anita), at the interesection of Rafael Torres Y Santiago Carrasco (2 blocks east of the 911 building).

Saturday Jan 20th 10:00 – 3:00 pm Gran Feria Tutto Matto

All the usual suspects will be available for purchase

* Salmon
* Rainbow Trout
* Bay Scallops
* Organic Shrimp
* Paiche
* Smoked Salmon and Smoked Trout

I have  specials on Lamb

  • Ground Lamb
  • Lamb Chops
  • Lamb Sausage

I have specials on Duck

  • Whole Duck
  • Duck Breast

 

End Of The Year Musings – 2017

Here I am sitting in front of my computer on the 3rd rainy afternoon in a row. No complaints about the rain since the river was at an all time low just a week ago.

The following are six major themes in tech and in my life in 2017

  • Voice – Our household now has an Amazon Echo and 3 Dots. The primary use is for music. Other uses include timers and research. For example last night while watching a movie it  was as simple as saying, “Alexa, what is the capitol of North Dakato (BTW, it’s Bismarck)
  • Photo Editing-  I now shoot 100% of my photos on my Nexus 6 and only use 3 editing tools (Google photos, Prisma, Snapseed) Prisma now has HD printing and creates framable art.

  • Food Delivery – Cuenca now has several food apps. The one that is primarily used is Megabite. Its a pleasure when you are tired to go to the app and have your favorite cuisine delivered by motorcycle in 15 minutes.
  • Smartphones – The major flagship phones (i.e. Samsung, Apple) are now $1000 fully loaded. I decided to hold on to my Nexus 6 for another year because it has a great camera and a superb screen.
  • Streaming TV in Cuenca – We still have our older versions of Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV. We mostly watch Netflix and seem to be watching more series on Netflix.
  • The Cloud – My computer is the only Apple Device I have left. I use Google, Amazon and Flickr to back up my photos and other media.
  • Fish Monger- As I am writing this post I can hear my wife on a Skype call with a friend saying the following” Lenny is no longer my 5 letter help word in tech”. All he cares about is selling his fish”. Not totally accurate but pretty darn close.  The fish business has taken off in 2017 and I look forward to supplying Cuenca with the best Salmon in Ecuador.

Happy New Year to all my friends and subscribers who read this blog.

Paiche Dinner At La Cilindrada

Keep Dec 13th open for dinner on your calendar.

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Join us for a special evening where we will be featuring a special dinner buffet with products from our popular Friday Gourmet Food Market.

Chef Michael and Chef Joel have created a wonderful menu centered around our weekly Gourmet Mercado vendors and their fresh local products which include… organic vegetables, fresh fish, smoked cheese, fresh homemade yogurt, homemade baked breads and more.

Don’t miss this culinary experience and help support our local vendors and the gourmet products they sell every week in Cuenca!

The menu for the eveing includes…
Garden Fresh Salad (Gran Roca Farms) and Yogurt Dressing (Acmir Yogurt)
Spanish Tortilla (Megachips)
Paiche with Grilled Vegetables (Productos Terranova & Gran Roca Farms)

Chicken Rajitas with Yogurt, Onions & Peppers (Gran Roca Farms & Acmir Yogurt)
Smoked Cheese Ratatouille (Gran Roca Farms & Mgnus Smoky Cheese)
Fresh Baked Breads (La Tartine)
Price is only $15 per person!  We are taking reservations for seatings between 6pm and 8m.  Please email maryhellman@juno.com with your name, number of guests, and what time.  Thanks for your continued support and hope to see you next Wednesday!

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I will at the restaurant with heavily discounted paiche fillet for take home sales.

Win A Prize!

Come and see me at the Grand Feria tomorrow only and say that you saw this on  Cuenca Tech Life and I will give you a Fish Prize. No purchase necessary.

 

GRAND FERIA Christmas charity event “SMILES OF HOPE”

Join us for two days of Christmas Fair in the Seminario San Luis Courtyard right next to the new cathedral at parque Calderon.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY DECEMBER 08 & 09 of December from 10am to 5pm
with your participation you are supporting the following organizations:
Hogar esperanza, Hogar Emaus, CETAP Lucy, Hogar Los Angeles, Casa Maria Amor
for more info click here: http://www.hogaresperanza.org/en/events/