Cotacachi Seafood

by | Feb 3, 2009 | Archives

Cotacachi seafood is great.

Yesterday’s message look at Ecuador fishing.

A lot of that seafood gets to Cotacachi and our hotel… in a really fresh state.

Thursday is the Ibarra  fish market. This is the day that the fishermen bring in wonderful fresh seafood to Ibarra market direct from coast which is a few hours drive away.

There are dozens and dozens of vendors with all types of fish. Here they even have the fish painted on the wall!

Being coastal real estate residents for decades, Merri and I brought our chef, Santiago who has always lived in Andean real estate, to train him how to select only the freshest fish for our Quinoa Café.

The fish there were wonderful. Here are fresh shrimp of all types and a coastal fish we call Drum. What’s interesting is that many of the Pacific fish here are the same we had from the Gulf of Mexico. We found baskets and baskets of fish, shrimp, calamari, crab and conchs.

We bought Drum, Reds, Pompano, Calamari and many pounds of shrimp, enough to feed 12 people four meals. The price was under $30.

We helped our chef, Santiago, cook the meals and had shrimp coconut quinoa, quinoa paella, bouillabaisse and pan sautéed red fish and beans.

Today’s meal was great because the fish are so fresh. Here was some of our catch!

After visiting the market we often prepare Thai coconut shrimp on a quinoa-rice combination. This consisted of fresh coconut (purchased at the market as well) copped in chunks and sautéed with carrots, onions and celery. Then lightly pan steamed red fish and tiger shrimp are added. This is mixed in a bed of quinoa and rice. The Thai sauce (that’s my job – I’m the saucy one round here) consists of fresh squeezed limes, a hint of garlic, lots of ginger, a little panella (cane sugar), a touch of curry paste, panned in the coconut water and then blended with pan roasted peanuts.

Our guests love it and often say its the best meal they have ever eaten. Not bad, enjoyed al fresco in the court yard under a brilliant clear sky for seven bucks.

One other nice ingredient is the Salinas salt we use. I bought five pounds in the market for $1.50. This is salt that’s healthy not the refined stuff that Morton’s passes off as something worth consuming. Salinas parish covers a rural area of Ecuador stretching from the pastures of the 13,000 foot Andes down to tropical valleys where people grow sugar, bananas and cocoa. It has graveled roads, a school in almost every hamlet, a network of co-operative businesses and a thriving population of about 10,000 who no longer seek work in the cities. Salt springs near us at Salinas in Imbabura, have long been used by the natives.

Speaking of value, the market is huge. There is this fish section. There are also separate sections for fruit, flowers, poultry, meat, vegetables, dry goods, live chickens and guinea pigs and even a section to eat and drink juices. Here is a wonderful scene that one cannot value! I spotted this in the fruit section, “Baby Nestled in Bananas!”

Until next message may your heath and food be naturally good.


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Sheri Clary will be at our February courses and available for consultations about bio-identical hormones. Our February Cotacachi schedule is:

Join Merri, me and Blaine Watson, plus enjoy a shamanic ceremony in the Cotacachi Shamanic Valley. Feb 9-11 Beyond Logic Keys to More Wealth & Better Health

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Feb. 16-17 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

March 8-9 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

March 10-15 Ecuador Import Export Expedition

March 16-19 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Bob Shane will be at our March courses and will be available to provide health balancing.

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Future 2009 courses

May 29-31  JGAM Global Asset Strategy Seminar

June 12-14 Shamanic Mingo Tour
June 16-17 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
June 18-21 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

July 3-6     Ecuador Import Export Expedition
July 8-9    Imbabura Real Estate Tour
July 10-13 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

July 24-26 IBEZ North Carolina

Sept. 17-21 Ecuador Spanish Course
Sept. 23-24 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Sept. 25-28 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Oct. 9-11     IBEZ North Carolina

Oct. 21-24 Ecuador Import Export Expedition

Nov. 6-8    IBEZ Ecuador
Nov. 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Nov. 11-14 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour