Saturday, October 15, 2011

Hillhead Bookclub

I finally got myself down to Hillhead Bookclub on Thursday after hearing so much about it. Had a late lunch with Hera and Ciorstan and my camera. It was really good. I opted for an actual lunch (cheeseburger) while they got desserts (why am I not that smart?). Food was delicious, and the water had strawberries in it, what's not to love?

Hera making sure she got the strawberry before either of us could get it!

Me, clearly very interested in what Ciorstan was saying...

Ciorstan's delicious waffle (TOTALLY GETTING THAT NEXT TIME!)

Hera's Eton Mess, also delicious!

Me an my unruly hair

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Perfect Hot Chocolate

I've been a bit under the weather lately + the colder temperatures basically means it's the perfect time for my great-Grandmother's Mexican Hot Chocolate recipe. My mother used to make this for me all the time, and apparently her grandmother used to make it for her when she was a kid. It's pretty simple but absolutely delicious: hot chocolate mix, milk, about 1/4 mug of coffee, cinnamon, topped off with whipped cream (okay, that might be my own adjustment, there). Perfect :)

Sunday, October 9, 2011

More Pictures!

Friday was another beautiful day (although quite cold!) So again, I just had to take pictures. This is one of my goals, actually, to find as many opportunities to take pictures as possible. I ended up spending a few hours wandering through the Kelvingrove park after class, which was lovely!

The tower of the main building of the university. Always a beautiful sight!

The Kelvingrove museum (this picture really doesn't do it justice!)

A little westie running around. Too cute not to take a picture (they are my favorite dogs afterall!)

Sunday, October 2, 2011


I know what you're thinking. You're thinking: what the heck is that and why would anyone eat it? Well these, my friends, are chilaquiles, one of my favorite Mexican dishes of all time. What they lack in aesthetic beauty they more than make up in tasty-ness.

One of the worst things about living in Glasgow is the severe lack of Mexican food. This is forcing me to learn how to make it myself using my Mother's and Grandmother's recipes, and my own memory. So far I've nearly mastered Mexican style rice, both fish and beef tacos, and tostadas. The easy stuff. My refried beans need work, however. I just can't seem get them right. This was my first attempt at chilaquiles, though, and I'm quite pleased with them. Not quite how I remember my mother's tasting, but close.

If anyone in Glasgow is interested, Lupe Pinto's on Great Western Road is the only place in town (that I know of) to get corn tortillas (essential for chilaquiles, as well as tacos, tostadas, and enchiladas). Tesco and Waitrose both sell something that claims to be corn tortillas, but they're not. Lupe Pinto's also has an awesome assortment of other Mexican ingredients, and quite a bit of American stuff as well. It's a bit of a walk from my flat, but completely worth it.