For me, any vacation that involves sand, ocean and abundant sunshine is like a taste of heaven on earth. And enjoying it amidst a girls' getaway makes it even more special. That was the scene when I traveled to the Riviera Maya a couple of years ago. My friend and I had one supreme agenda: R&R. Hers translated to rest and recreation (horseback riding on the beach, a local tour, roller blading and such); mine stayed true to the more traditional rest and relaxation regimen, heavy with beach, beach and more beach, although I did enjoy a bike ride around the stunning resort grounds, a tour of the main dining kitchen, a casual cooking lesson, a dance lesson here and there, and the nightly (almost karaoke) live band. :)
And of course, there was the food. The resort boasted several restaurants specializing in varied cuisines from French to Thai to Italian to American--and their signature Mexican. As resort food goes, it was pretty good.
|A fun lesson on making guacamole|
On our last evening there, however, we were delighted with an authentic Mexican fiesta, replete with gorgeous dancers and Mariachi for entertainment, and a feast to remember. I enjoyed every minute of the lively celebration and the beautifully displayed foodscape, especially the lavish dessert bar that featured, among other delicacies, churros. Well, you don't have to guess if I indulged.
While I'm not in Mexico today, this recipe for churros, along with my memories, brings Mexico home to me. If you love sweet, cinnamon-y, fried pastry dough (who doesn't?!), then you'll want to make these. And for extra yumminess, pair them with decadent hot chocolate for sipping or melted chocolate for dipping. So. Good.
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1/3 cup water
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 teaspoon grated orange peel
Pinch of salt
Vegetable oil (for deep frying)