Thursday, September 15, 2016

2016 Western Trip – Days 55-57 – Santa Fe

On Monday we just drove around town a little, making sure we could get to the plaza, and we drove out Canyon Road where many galleries are located – it was a typical narrow road lined with adobe structures.  

After that we drove north to the Santa Fe Opera but it was all closed up so it was back home to relax and have dinner.

On Tuesday, we went to the farmers market, picked up a few things and made sure we knew our way around in preparation for a return on Saturday,  which is supposed to be a zoo.

The farmers market occupies part of a re-developed area that used to be the rail yards which now just have a station and tracks for the New Mexico Rail Runner Express which runs from Santa Fe to Albuquerque.

After that, we fulfilled one of our goals by buying a burlap sack of medium Hatch chiles from a little street market and having them roasted - this is still peak time.  They were $35 for the sack full and I ended up with 15 quart bags with about 15 full sized peppers (or equivalent) in each.  They were offering them for $60 for 10 smaller bags at the farmers market so I think I got a great deal.

After that, I dropped the girls off at the downtown plaza and I walked around it to see some high dollar stores before heading back to Sweetie.

This is the  Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis Of Assisi, completed in 1886, just off the square. 

The shopping trip must have been plenty long enough as Bev said her back was hurting when I picked them up - they didn't buy a single thing.

Pat and I both had recent birthday’s and even though this was mine, since we had yet to do so, we cooked what she wanted – fried shrimp – and Bev made some slaw.  

After reading quite a bit about where our food comes from and realizing how much lower the food safety  standards are in Asia, I’ve decided to buy no more food from that region so we used some very nice, colossal sized, frozen ones from Cox’s Wholesale Seafood, LLC (Tampa, FL) called “Wild Caught Key West Pink Shrimp.”  From their website – These wild caught shrimp are harvested from the crystal clear waters of the Dry Tortugas north to Tarpon Springs, FL."  Our package contained 16 shrimp.

I made a simple batter of:

2/3 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 beaten egg
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder

Stir together the dry ingredients and stir in the egg.  Then add the cider and mix to the desired consistency (I like it to be like a thin pancake batter).  Deep fry at 350 degrees until golden brown.

I didn't get a shot of them but we all thought they were very good and we will look for this brand in the future - not sure where we bought these.

I've been dealing with a coughing problem that gets much worse when I talk so on Wednesday I just stayed home while the girls went to the mall - not sure if I got any better.

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Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.


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  1. I've not been able to purchase shrimp from Asia for over a year. When I partnered with American Wild Shrimp organization, I got a lot of education and am finding shrimp that tastes like shrimp. I like your batter recipe. I'll have to try that.

  2. Larry, Great photos! Love that train in Santa Fe... The farmer's market is a nice set up. If that coughing persists, go to a local clinic and get checked out. Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  3. A belated happy birthday to you both, I bet that shrimp was good.


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