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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sexxy Mexxy: Yoga Retreat Turns Muy Caliente with 'Chili Oil'

Right now picture yourself in a dense green jungle on a steep hillside in a little open air casita with beautiful hiking trails taking you to a quiet beach or colorful mexican village.  No electricity just oil lamps and candles, no cars just your feet or horseback, no phones or internet just your friends, and no need to be anywhere except for where ever you choose to, be it whale watching, zip lining, getting massaged, laying in the sun, or hitting a local tequila bar.   Your only promise to yourself is to arise with the sun and meditate, do yoga in a pallapa over-looking the ocean, and to eat...and eat an open air pavilion for two gourmet vegetarian 3 course meals daily.  Yes please...sign me up right?  This is how i spent the last 7 days of my life.  In complete heaven on earth....Hara Mara Resort in Sayulita Mexico (click here to check out pix).

Many of you reading will know i work at Core Power Yoga.  Yearly they hold a retreat at this amazing resort which is built on spiritual land.  Any trip i've ever gone on pales in comparison to this amazing journey i took with 4 other dear friends, and another 30 new friends that have touched my heart and inspired and opened their minds and hearts to me as well.  What i've brought back for you is not just this little daydream, but 7 amazing recipes that MUST be added to your special box.

Now i took my camera (of course) to document the entire experience (as well as the cooking class i took from Hara Mara's chef, Chef Hugo), but as luck would have it the camera gave out on me after 1/2 a day.  So while i'm waiting for the pix i took on Dee's camera from the cooking class, I'll share the few pix i did manage to take, and the chili oil recipe i learned since i already made it at home and took a few pictures of it.

Sit back and enjoy....your recipe is at the end of this blog.  Roll em!!!!

walking into town

fruit truck


bread lady



heidi and dee in our casita

me, heidi, and dee....chilly at night
our casita
our bathroom with outdoor shower


chef hugo's chili oil

Chili Oil:

1/2 cup of nuts any type (he used 1/2 almonds and 1/2 walnuts)
dried red chilis (take the top off)- he used about 8 med-long ones, i had shorter ones and had to use about 3 times that amount to get the heat...he must have used a hotter type of chili pepper
1/4 of a large white onion chopped coarse
2 large cloves of garlic
2 cups extra virgin olive oil

preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Throw all in an oven safe dish or pan and cook until onions are translucent (about 15 min).  Remove from oven and cool a bit.
Pour everything into a high powered blender and add a pinch of salt and black pepper.  Blend.  Add more salt or pepper to your liking.
Store this on a counter top or cabinet.  Do not store in the fridge.

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