Published on Friday, August 13, 2021

By Melissa Pette

Let me wish a very happy Mother's Day to all the beautiful "mamitas expats," especially to my mom, my beloved Ms. Mery Anne, who will soon be back at home in Costa Rica.

If you still do not have a clue of what to fix for mom on her day, here are two so-yummy and easy recipes (lunch or dinner) that will be a success! I promise.

So, let's go to the kitchen!

Tropical salmon

The ingredients you will need are:

2 salmon fillets, 100 grams each (or as close to the measurement as possible)

1 spoon of chili powder

1 spoon of garlic powder

1 spoon of salt

1/2 cup of olive oil

1 cup peeled small squares jicama (or sweet orange)

1 cup peeled small squares mango

1/2 cup peeled seeded cucumber

2 tablespoons finely chopped onion

1 chopped into squares red tomato

1/2 cup lemon acid juice

1 chopped spoon of coriander

1 avocado

Salt and pepper

Jicama is a globe-shaped root vegetable with papery, golden-brown skin and a starchy white interior. You can find it in vegetarian stores, Automercado or Walmart. If you can't find jicama, don't worry, you can substitute it with sweet orange.

First, let's make the sauce. Mix the chopped jicama (or sweet orange), mango, chopped tomato, red onion, and cucumber in a bowl. Add the lemon juice, coriander, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Mix and let stand for 5 minutes.

Then add the avocado into squares and mix. The avocado must be added at the end, so it does not change its color.

Keep in the fridge while you prepare the salmon.

Season the salmon fillets with a pinch of garlic powder, salt and chili powder.

Add olive oil into a large frying pan. If you want to grill, you should grease it before cooking.

Salmon is always cooked over medium heat. Remember medium heat is when you can place your hand 15 centimeters over the heat of the grill and leave it for about 5 seconds without burning yourself.

When the salmon turns golden on one side, for about 4 minutes, cook on the other side so that the color is the same on both sides. The total cooking time depends on the size of the salmon.

Add the sauce over the fish. You can add a small cup of your favorite vegetables or white rice. Salmon's best friend is a very cold glass of sparkling wine. Cheers!

Strawberry Mousse

Here comes the sweet! It is a pretty simple dessert that is great for mom's party. The ingredients are:

3 cups of strawberries

1 cup of sugar

1/2 cup of water

1 packet of unflavored gelatin

1 cup of heavy whipping cream

1/4 cup of sugar
Some cookies

Chocolate, chopped or shaved

First is the syrup. In a blender, add chopped strawberries, sugar and water and grind it to smooth puree. Strain it using a fine strainer to remove the seeds.

In a pan, add the strained pureed strawberries and mix well. Boil it for 3 to 5 minutes. Switch off the heat.

In a bowl, add the unflavored gelatin in cool water and add it to the boiled syrup. Mix it until it dissolves completely. Add directly to the strawberry syrup. If you add the gelatin directly, mix it immediately until it dissolves completely. Keep it aside and allow it to cool completely

In a large bowl, add a cup of cold heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar and mix well. Beat it using an electric mixer, until it forms a soft peak.

To that, gradually add the prepared strawberry syrup and fold it gently. Keep it in the fridge until use.

To assemble, first crush some cookies and keep them aside. You can also use some cake of your choice or brownies. In a glass, spread a layer of crushed cookies or cake pieces, then a layer of prepared whipped cream. Then a layer of strawberry syrup and some chopped chocolate.

Garnish it with strawberries. You can try with raspberries or blueberries too.
Refrigerate for about 2 to 3 hours and then serve. This goody is amazing!

If your mom likes to toast, like mine, don't forget one (or two) bottles of white wine.

You are all invited to share your recipes with a horizontal photo of the dish by emailing More delightful recipes can be found on the AM Costa Rica Food page.

Pura Vida!

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