The only thing this post has to unify it is the fact that the pictures were all taken the same day at roughly the same time after Jim had picked me up from the singing group.
Bougainvillea and a yellow flower whose name I don't know tumble over the wall of a house.
The flowers close up.
Below are views of a house in the fraccionamiento (subdivision) called Las Matas (I think) in Coatepec. It looks as if it might have been designed by Ricardo Legorreta Vilchis who is famous for his use of geometric forms. His distinctive buildings can be seen all over Mexico and in the southwestern United States and in Nicaragua and El Salvador and Qatar among other places. The San Antonio, TX public library, also known as the Big Enchilada is his.
The front door:
Looking at the other side of the house from across the street.
More bougainvillea, this time sculpted.
We went to the Coatepec market and bought maracuya (passion fruit) below. In the photo, some of Jim's chiles surround it.
I made an agua from them. I used a receta that suggested one maracuya for each glass of water, then blend. That recipe was so sour that i had to unglue my cheeks from each other and put my eyes back in. I diluted it down to one maracuya to about three glasses of water plus a couple of spoonfuls of sugar and then blend it, seeds and all. after it sat for awhile, I strained it. Quite good and very much resembling agua de guayaba in flavor.
The brilliant red peppers are habaneros from Jim's plants. All the plants suffered from a plant- and leaf curling malady but still were hot and flavorful.
Resting on top of a turned-off burner on our stove is a hongo de chonote, or muchroom from the chonote tree, according to Guillermo.
I am not a mushroom connoisseur. I can't honestly tell you I know the difference in flavor from one muxhroom to another. I can tell you thatt his is a bit more dense in texture than a regular mushroom. And maybe because of that the flavor is a bit stronger than the button mushrooms of supermarket fame.
We stopped at Chedraui on the way home. They already have their temporary tent-building set up in the parking lot for Christmas.