See three great Ecuador cooking recipes below.
First, learn how to find even more Ecuador cooking recipes that blend pre-Incan nutrition notions with modern cooking techniques.
Actually more than a cooking school… “gastronomical education and delight” might be a better phrase because this Ecuador cooking school is hosted at the luxurious La Mirage Garden Hotel & Spa by La Mirage proprietors Jorge Espinosa and Michel Duer.
La Mirage’s restaurant was one of the first places where Merri and I ate on our first trip to Ecuador. The wonderfully exquisite cooking there is one reason we fell in love with this country.
We lived one winter at La Mirage and though Merri and I are trustees of a charitable foundation that owns a hotel in Cotacachi, I have to say “La Mirage is the best… not only in the village but in all of Ecuador and rates tops in the world with us”.
There are twenty three luxury rooms at La Mirage and a world class spa with lush private gardens.
Whether you are dipping into a jacuzzi or enjoying a cozy eucalyptus fire in one of the many beautifully decorated rooms, you will find fresh roses everywhere. No detail is overlooked. Guests range from Hollywood stars and US Senators to royalty. The Queen of Spain chose La Mirage during her stay in Ecuador.
However, this message looks at new culinary delights in the La Mirage kitchen that you can now know and enjoy.
We take most course delegates to visit La Mirage spa at least once during a course and enjoy the great Ecuador cooking there. The food is incredible.
The chefs are world class, and presentation is at the top of their list. Appetizers are served in individual wooden music boxes, soup is poured hot into your bowl when served and each plate is a work of art. Here I am with delegates at La Mirage.
Here is the risotto starter up close.
The homemade, organic rose ice-cream dessert is out of this world. Each tiny ball of rose ice-cream hides in the center of a blossom of sugared rose petals.
Everything at La Mirage is exquisite so it was with keen interest and expectation that Merri and I ambled from our hotel to La Mirage to enjoy lunch with the proprietors and hear more about the cooking school.
La Mirage has installed a new teaching kitchen in the Garden Room, where…
we met with Jorge Espinosa and Michel Duer, the La Mirage proprietors with their…
executive chef and sous chef.
Relais & Chateaux simply means… the best. This is what we saw… the best, an exquisite meal built in front of us… just as those who join these Cotacachi cooking classes will learn and enjoy.
The menu included these three courses (the recipes for this Ecuador cooking is below).
GAZPACHO WITH A SHERBET OF CORIANDER
TIMBAL OF QUINUA TOPPED WITH GINGER OR PARMESAN CHEESE
ASIAN STYLE FRICASSE OF DUCK
Here is the start of the Gazpacho.
Then the chef added…
sherbert and Jorge poured in the gazpacho.
The quinua began with
tomatoes drizzled with two sauces.
Preparation for the quinua.
The chef adds grated freshly grated ginger on top.
Now we had to do our work…
After the soup and the quinua started, our main course was this duck fricasse.
What can I say? Delicious… words fail the event… a perfect meal.
You can learn more about the La Mirage cooking school here.
Here are these three Ecuador cooking recipes. Better still learn much more and attend the La Mirage Cooking School.
These recipes are provided by Jorge Espinosa.
Jorge is a proprietor of the La Mirage Garden Hotel & Spa. He was trained as a Chef at the famous Hotel Training School in Bad Reichenhall, Bavaria, Germany. before honing his culinary skills cooking at several notable hotels before opening La Mirage in 1986.
At the La Mirage Cooking school Jorge teaches a unique cooking style that blends ancient pre Incan cuisine with his decades of experience gained while working globally with some of the best chefs in the world.
GAZPACHO WITH A SHERBET OF CORIANDER
Step #1: Peel fresh tomatoes and place into a blender, adding tomato paste, chicken consommé, garlic, pearl onions, basil, olive oil, Worchester sauce,
salt & pepper. Blend and strain into a bowl and place in the fridge.
Step #2: For the sherbet mix coriander, water, sugar in a blender. Place the ingredients into a bowl and place in a freezer to harden.
Step #3: When ready to serve, cut a fresh tomato into small pieces, arrange them on a soup plate into a circle and place the sherbet in the center and pour the cold gazpacho around and garnish with basil.
TIMBAL OF QUINUA TOPPED WITH GINGER OR PARMESAN CHEESE
Step #1: The following ingredients should be sautéed: small cut pieces of chicken, red and green peppers, pearl onion, garlic, fresh dill, fine cut mushrooms, parmesan cheese, olive oil, Worchester Sauce, salt and pepper.
Step #2: Mix the above with the pre-cooked quinua and fill, if possible, into a mold set in the middle of a plate. Two kind of sauces (a rich thousand island
dressing and a Balsamic Vinegar) surround the mold which then is being slowly removed in order not to spoil the decoration. Top it of with either
long slices of Parmesan cheese or optional with caramelized strips of ginger.
ASIAN STYLE FRICASSE OF DUCK
Step#1: Cut a breast of Duck into small pieces, fry rapidly in oil, adding salt and pepper, sweet soya sauce. Add a ginger – soy infusion with
stir-fried vegetables and place on top of sesame rice-noodles.
We hope you’ll join us to share the delights of investing, business and living in Ecuador and the world.
Here is what a delegate at our last tour shared.
Dear Merri, Thank you so much for taking the time to write to me with all this information. Your husband cranks out such prolific pieces every day, sometimes two a day! The tone is always so positive, and the content so interesting and informative. Best regards to you and Gary,
There are three dates for the school and two price options.
The dates for the cooking classes are:
How about Aug. 28-29-30
Nov. 30 Dec. 1-2
The fee for the three days of class and two nights at La Mirage is $854 (including tax) per person for two in a room. A single supplement is $125 a night plus 22% tax.
If you stay instead at our Inn Land of the Sun (formerly Meson de las Flores… just a few blocks from La Mirage, the price drops to $579 per person. There is no single supplement.
For enrollment details contact La Mirage owners Michel Durer Jorge Espinosa at firstname.lastname@example.org
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I was reminded of this once when I made a horrible mistake. Almost!
The supposed error? Letting my mind wander six decades back to an hour I spent with a girl.
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The girl was pretty and blond. Terry was her name. My imagination spanned decades returning to my Oregon roots seeing her as if she were there.
We were 11 or 12 and had known each other since we started Rockwood grade school. Just buddies, our non-romantic friendship lasted 12 years, from first grade till high school’s end. Then she went off to Pepperdine College in California. I started traveling the world. Never saw her again. I hope her life has gone well. But until that reflection I’d never thought much of Terry in so many years.
What could have been the tragic error was letting that memory touch my heart. Two kids, walking on a crisp, Pacific Northwest autumnal afternoon.
We walked down a sun filled, pine needle covered, dirt path. Huge, fat, green Douglas firs lined the road. Traffic was no problem, not many cars. Crossing Stark Street we turned left, hiking three blocks to 182nd. There we passed an old clapboard candy store. I can still hear the wooden sidewalk of that store slap beneath my feet, felt the soggy planks sag and smelled astringent pitch from the fir trees. Then we turned right, up 182nd for about a mile. There was Terry’s house.
I carried on, walking through a big field, waist high grass turned straw brown by an early frost. There were dozens of paths made by who knows what. Animals perhaps or countless generations of other kids walking home alone from school. I chose one following it to another wood of tall, rough-barked fir. Crossing one more field, I climbed a rock wall, struggled through a barbed wire fence (my Mom hated that fence ripping my jeans). I was home!
Sweet simplicity, that dream. Two kids holding hands, walking on a dirt trail under a crisp, but blue, sunny sky. Pure innocence.
My tragic error was looking back. I returned to Rockwood, Oregon with Merri and my kids to show them this part of their roots. Following the route, Terry and I had walked were the candy store, grange hall, old wooden buildings and their home spun honesty and charm.
Instead we found six lanes of fast, frantic traffic and road rage. McDonalds, KFC, strip shopping centers. The car radio blared warnings of local gangs and drive-by-shootings. Beauty, innocence, sweet simplicity, replaced by drive ins and drive bys. Gangs and drive-by shootings replacing a tender walk in the sun. Good bye memories, good bye.
How can our kids walk in places like this? How can we return to those old feeling of security and comfort?
How can any of us possibly keep pace in this world that’s moving so fast? Then something inside snapped. “There has to be an answer for honest, hard working folks to enjoy the wonderful opportunities of today and regain what we’ve lost over the past forty years”, I swore to myself.
How can we keep up, without having such a fast paced life we turn into machines? Where do we find time for God, family, charity, and our friends? How can we rediscover those sun filled, pine needle covered, dirt paths we want to walk?
“There has to be places that are still innocent and pure”, I thought. “There has to be a way of life that does not pound us with stress”.
This thinking led me to begin reviewing the thousands of economic and business experiences I have shared with readers over the decades. This started a search for a simpler way of life and a better place to earn and protect our wealth.
By digging, asking and observing, traveling and talking to investors and investment managers all over the world I found that there are true paths to real security in the here and now. That knowledge helped me develop courses on how to have natural health, everlasting wealth and purposeful investments.
This knowledge helped Merri and me invest in stocks and real estate all over the world. It helped us find and develop Merrily Farms into a sanctuary here on Little Horse Creek.
That almost error led us to create an entire portfolio of information on how to keep pace, get ahead, enjoy our modern society but, to enjoy life wherever you choose without having to move too fast.
I want to share this information with a special few in our summer course in the Blue Ridge Mountains where the air is dry, crisp, with a bright sparkling sun. Our North Carolina woods is a place where we can once again walk down sun filled, pine needle covered, dirt paths beneath huge, fat, green fir and hemlock.
We start the course with this question that can help us get our lives back.
“What would you think in the last 30 seconds of your life if you were the richest man in the world but were unhappy?”
This quote is from the opening slide of our Value Investing Seminar, “How to Secure Your Future With a Value Breakout Plan”. This a vital question because few investors think about the value of comfort and happiness. Yet the truth is, those who are comfortable and happy with their investments are likely to make good investment decisions. If not, no matter how much money an investors has, changes are, they’ll lose.
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In 2016 Merri’s, David’s and my mission is to share our 50 years of experience in international business, investing and living to make ourselves happier, healthier and wealthier.
To reach a wider audience we have shifted our seminars online. However we are conducting one in person seminar this year, “How to Secure Your Future With a Value Breakout Plan” (August 12-13-14 2016). Attendance is strictly limited to the few International Club members.
Here is a partial syllabus of this seminar.
- Three common sense ideas: Avoid lines. Go where you are a name not a number. Decide who you are and what matters to you.
- Why three economic trends that have make smart investors rich every 30 years are ready for cashing in now.
- How to look for short term problems that create long term value.
- Update on the best ten markets for safety and profit.
- How to diversify in value with Country ETFs.
- The value of time in investing and life.
- The economics in cyber wars. How to look back at the economics of war to see ahead.
- Great new innovations that will ignite a 16 year bull market from 2016 to 2032.
- The next great fuel.
- Timing long cycles, economic cycles and seasonality.
- Investing in Demographics.
- Trading Down, the biggest global trend ahead.
- Hidden Inflation .
- How to protect against pension loss.
- The Silver Dip 20116. When and how to invest in gold and silver . How to double your position with loans.
- How to spot currency distortions and borrow low to deposit high.
- How, Why When & Where to bank abroad.
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Here is a group of International Club members meeting at our North Carolina farm.
Club membership is for an entire year and the seminar is just one high point.
In 2016 and 2017 we are conducting online seminars about value investing, natural health and how to write to sell.
International Club members receive all the online seminars free plus can attend the August 2016 Value Investing retreat which is exclusive to club members.
In addition club membership includes:
- Personal investing Course (Pi), normally $297, FREE
- Self Fulfilled How to be a Self Publisher, normally $299, FREE
- Eventful Business, normally $349, FREE
- International Business Made EZ, normally $299, FREE
- Report “Three Economic Conditions for 50% or More Profit,” normally $29.95, FREE
- Report “Silver Dip 2015” normally $27, FREE
- Three online Value Investing Seminars, normally $477, FREE
- One online Natural Health Seminar, normally $119, FREE
- One online Writers Camp, normally $299, FREE
- Exclusive Value Investing Retreat in North Carolina, normally $799, FREE
- Three night’s accommodations at Merrily Farms, normally $315, FREE
This is every offer in our catalog. To purchase everything would cost $3,509.95. Club membership for 2016 is $1,199 so you save up to $2,310.95.
Merri and I have been organizing courses, seminars and newsletters about international and Super Thinking lifestyles for over 30 years. The importance of this sharing… by like minded souls… was reinforced when a delegate from a course sent an email that said:
My Dearest Merri and Gary, Thank you for your most gracious hospitality last weekend. I am just thrilled at being a part of your group. You and Gary were exactly as I imagined you to be, warm friendly, kind, considerate, genuine, helpful, fun, sincere, what else can I say……I felt so comfortable in your presence and learned so much in your course. I was sad to leave the farm that Sunday afternoon. You made us all feel so welcome and cared about. You were so kind to make arrangements for a ride with the other delegates from the Charlotte Airport. They were so nice to me and so helpful, by the time the weekend was over I felt like they were my long lost brothers. Monday morning we all had breakfast at the airport together and I was so sad to see them go, I was sad the weekend was over, perhaps sad is not the right word for how I was feeling perhaps Gratitude is a better way to describe it. Grateful for having the opportunity to share the weekend with such wonderful, like minded Human Beings, in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. Thank you Merri and Gary. Thanks to you I now have new hope and a new direction to move forward in my life. I know by attending your classes and conferences that through education and due diligence I will make the right choices.
The International Club fee has been $1,799 but due to the savings of conducting our courses online, we have been able to reduce the fee to $1,199. This is less than the normal fee we have charged in past years from one seminar (without accommodations).
If you cannot attend the High Mountain Retreat, you are still entitled to a three night stay on a space available basis at the farm any time during the season we are open (June into October) or at our grove in the winter months.
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I invite you to be a member of the International Club which allows you and a guest of your choice to join us for all our seminars including our exclusive August 2016 High Mountain retreat.
Let’s prosper in these times of change. Won’t you join us in this exciting club and share Merri’s and my lifestyle for the next year? Join us at our farm and online. We look forward to being with you.
Club members receive everything we offer in 2016, plus the exclusive High Mountain Retreat in August that includes the seminar and accommodations.
We want couples! As a member of the program, you are entitled to add another personas email address to every single course or tour, plus bring a partner to the m,members only retreat. The cost for that extra person will be ZERO! You can enroll bring whomever you wish. Choose your spouse, a friend, son or daughter, partner, accountant, adviser to accompany you.