Saturday, June 2, 2012

Cooking and Cocktails at Jicaro

There is so much to do here at Jicaro. As the days pass, I find more to do. Not to mention the tours!
First, we had a drink making class. We learned how to make 3 different drinks which was very fun! It was a nice atmosphere to get to know more of the guests on the island. I would say it was a giant success! I think it is awesome that they have these classes or little presentations or whatever you wish to call them between 3 to 5pm. It breaks up the day a little more and it’s kind of that time of day where the sun is going down and it’s too early for supper yet. It was a very enjoyable experience.

Then I participated in a Cooking Lesson. I got to go ‘behind the oven’ (if you will) to make a dish called Capricho. I have never had it but he said it was similar to Ceviche… which I have never had either. On the bright side it was delicious! We started by slicing up tomatoes, onion, green pepper, and jalapeno into very, very, very thin slices. We tossed in salt, pepper, banana vinegar, Dijon mustard, and a little honey. Then you add the fish. Now, I’m not sure if it is the normal Capricho fish, but we used fresh red snapper. You must cut this very thin as well and then toss it with the other ingredients. You do not set it in the fridge; you just plate it up right away. You then lay out the pieces of fish on a plate like a puzzle and top it off with a little olive oil and some capers. Eat with toast.

The verdict? Surprisingly, it was not fishy. It was very good and very easy to make!
After the cooking lesson I stayed a little to chat and watched our beloved chef make a smoked tuna sandwich, which he let me try as well. It was one of the best I had. Although, I did tell him, he should try it with pineapple next time. Who’s the chef now?

Located on a private island on Lake Nicaragua near Granada, Jicaro Lodge is a boutique hotel offering a variety of tours and activities.

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