The Weather This Week

The Weather This Week

IS AWFUL! Lots of rain means: lots of traffic, greater chances of power outages, more mosquitoes, chilly weather, and wide-spread illness if people start getting the flu. Also, there are delays in football games, cancelations of concerts, market closures, and not to mention crazy flooding. There are some pretty wild economic effects of bad weather here in the big city. I hate the rain.

Recipe: Disney’s Red Beans and Rice

Recipe: Disney's Red Beans and Rice

So, this is probably the thing I am best at making :). I loooove Southern food and Cajun (what I wouldn’t give for there to be a Ralph Brennan’s in Mexico City!). Thanks to the Princess and the Frog Cookbook, I have an amazing and EASY recipe:

Kitchen Weapons:
Huge sauté pan (I think the one I use is like 15 inches wide)
cutting board
knife

Ingredients:
Olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 large celery stalk, diced
1 small green bell pepper, diced (and seeded)
3 scallions, chopped
2 tbsp chopped parsley
2 15-ounce cans of kidney beans
1 15-ounce can chopped tomatoes
1/2 pound Andouille sausage, cooked and thinly sliced
1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 cups white rice

optional: 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

I add:
A Cajun Seasoning that I got in San Francisco (I sprinkle it across the top of my pan)
A sprinkling in Paprika (the sweet, smokey flavor makes me crazy!) (I sprinkle it across the top of my pan)
Old Bay seasoning (I sprinkle it across the top of my pan)

Instructions:
1. Heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, bell pepper, scallions, and parsley to the pan and sauté for 5-7 minutes.
2. Add the beans, tomatoes, sausage, bacon (if you are using), Worcestershire sauce and seasonings to the vegetables, and stir until evenly mixed.
3. Cover the pan with the lid or foil and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
4. Serve the beans over white rice, or quinoa.

The World Cup, and Mexico’s Chances

The World Cup, and Mexico's Chances

So the world cup qualification stage is MUCH more complicated than I ever knew, and Mexico’s team is SUCKING right now. Apparently we are only still contending for a spot because of a US victory over Panama (3-2 yeah!). Now we have to depend on one last game, we have one last chance! We have to play two games against New Zealand, one game here in Mexico City, and the other in New Zealand, and the team with the highest total goals wins. I can’t find the dates for the two games, but I hope to go to the one here! I have some recommendations for the coach, based on our teams performance:

1. You should let the players practice together before the game. DUH. The team has ZERO chemistry and that is a reason that they don’t win games.
2. Their offense is MEH. Chicharito has been a huge disappointment so far, play Jimenez instead.
3. Stop firing the coaches. A team that lacks consistent leadership and training won’t do well.
4. As much as I hate to say this, pull the players from their other leagues and have them practice with each other. The players are being overworked and not even correctly.
5. To the players: stop being arrogant little jerks. Just because you score one goal doesn’t mean you switch to “managing the game” instead of being on the offense and trying to score goals. You reserve that strategy for the last 30 seconds of the game. Your opponent will play more intensely because they are behind by one. You should at least match their intensity.

I hear that the economic impact of Mexico’s non-participation in the World Cup would be huge. Imagine, Adidas loses $100 million dollars in jersey sales, and the stadium in Brazil won’t be filled. Tons of Mexicans would go to Brazil to see the Cup, which is needed because we can’t depend on Europeans to fill the stadium this time around. We better beat New Zealand.