Täydellistä meksikolaisruokaa Rovaniemellä

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Sanapari, joka ei ehkä ensimmäisenä tulisi mieleen, Rovaniemi ja meksikolainen ruoka.
Kirjakuvausmatkamme vei meidät sattumien kautta Rovaniemen uuteen meksikolaiseen Yuca-ravintolaan. Heti ravintolaan astuessa tarkan visualistin silmä lepäsi raikkaan rauhallisessa, mutta silti persoonallisessa ja hauskassa sisustuksessa.
En ole ollut mikään suurin meksikolaisruoan fani, sillä usein se on ravintoloissa raskasta, rasvaista ja jopa hieman tunkkaista. No, näin ei todellakaan ollut tällä kertaa. Tätä ruokaa kannattaa ehdottomasti käydä maistamassa, vaikka vähän pidemmänkin matkan päästä!

Kaikki valmistetaan Yucassa alusta alkaen. Niin maissilastut ja tortillat, mausteinen kanaliemi kuin ananas-kookosmehukin tehdään itse, ja ero tavalliseen on huomattava. Ihanan raikkaista annoksista omat suosikkini olivat sienillä täytetyt tacot (kauden sieniä, creme fraichea, fetaa ja morita-chiliöljyä), maissilastut guacamolella ja pico de gallolla (guacamolea olisi voinut syödä lusikalla suoraan kulhosta) sekä mausteinen tortilla-keitto (mausteinen kanaliemi, maissilastuja, sipulia, creme fraichea, fetaa ja avokadoa). Ihaninta hyvässä ravintolassa syödessä on herkuttelun lisäksi inspiroituminen. Kun jotain haluaa kokeilla kotona, on ruoka sopivan simppeliä sekä superherkullista ja valmistettu arkisista mutta laadukkaista raaka-aineista.

Olisiko siis hulluutta matkustaa uudestaan Rovaniemelle pelkän ruoan takia? Ei, jos ruoka on näin hyvää, edullista, raikasta ja aitoa meksikolaista.

Yuca
Rovakatu 21, Rovaniemi

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Though I love everything sweet, my favourite kind of desserts always have some salty elements too! What about you, how do you like your desserts? Just sweet topped with sweet or something salty to balance the sweetness?
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- Oprah Winfrey
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I saw this quote this morning and it really sums up my thoughts for the past couple of days. I’ve set up some crazy goals and dreams for myself during last 5 years. Those dreams really scared me back then. But I think if my goal is not scary at all, it’s not big enough.
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During this weekend I realised that I’ve achieved many of those goals. And it was time to write down some new ones. I promise you, those dreams are huge! There are no many people who I could tell about those things. Many would probably think that I’ve gone crazy (and not in a good way). And that’s actually a thing that annoys me sometimes. I don’t know if it’s a cultural thing, but I feel like if I said all my big goals aloud, people would think I’m arrogant. And that is not the case. Being cocky and dreaming big are not the same thing. We should all dream together!
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Just after writing these things down and speaking aloud about them, I feel like I’ve taken big steps towards reaching them. Without those black letters on my notebook I wouldn’t even dare to think that my dreams could come true.
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So what I’ve learned lately - write your dreams on paper or say them aloud (at least to yourself), and you’ve taken the first step towards them!
Any other big dreamers out there?🙋🏼‍♀️
  • Just came here to wish you a lovely Saturday evening! (My plan for tomorrow: baking)
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I really like buying nuts in shells if possible. It reminds me of my childhood. We had all kind of nuts on a beautiful wooden tray, waiting for weekend evenings, maybe even guests. I remember how exciting it was to crack a hard shell and find the eatable parts inside. I didn’t like the taste of walnuts as a child, so I just loved to crack them and hand them to my parents. Sometimes I might break more than anyone wanted to eat.
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Nowadays I love also the eating part. My favourites are hazelnuts and peanuts. (Well, who would not love peanuts.) Do you have any favourites?
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I hope you have a relaxing Friday evening!
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Hazelnut pea pasta:
• peas (fresh or frozen)
• 1 tbsp of olive oil
• crushed hazelnuts
• pasta

Sauce:
• 2 handfuls of basil and parsley
• 1-1.5 dl of olive oil
• 2-3 cloves of garlic
• 1 tsp of dijon mustard
• 0.5 tbsp of white wine vinegar
• 0.5 dl of grated parmesan cheese (+ extra on top)

Heat up the 1 tbsp of olive oil in a small sauce pan and add the peas. Don’t fry, just warm them.
Blend the sauce ingredients together.
Cook the pasta in a pan of boiling salted water according to the packet instructions. Mix with the sauce, peas and crushed hazelnuts. Finish with grated parmesan cheese. 🌿
Do you have your own safe dish that you can trust anytime, anywhere no matter how busy you are?

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