Kanikama Rainbow Salad

9 Jun KaniSalad


Let me introduce you to Kanikama, also known as imitation crab,crab sticks,a.k.a surimi. Surimi is made of a mix of processed fish(mainly Pollock),eggs, some type of starch and crab flavor, pressed into sticks.

I agree, it sounds nasty. But it tastes sooooo good!. By itself, with a few drops of lime, or with Shoyu (soy sauce). Kanikama is low in mercury and environment- friendly when it comes from a sustainable fishery.

My favorite way to eat it is in a very colorful salad. I tweaked my family’s heirloom recipe and substituted their Smoked Turkey Breast for Kanikama, and omitted the grated Queijo Prato ( similar to Monterey Jack Cheese).

Here it goes:


  • 3 hand fulls of any green lettuce (such as romaine or bibb) , chopped or tear by hand
  • 1 hand full of spring mix greens
  • 1 hand full of arugula or watercress
  • 2 hand fulls of shredded purple beets, shredded
  • 2 hand fulls of shredded carrots, shredded
  • 10 sticks of Kanikama, shredded by hand
  • 1 ripe mango, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • Shoestring Potato Sticks, to taste
Batata Palha, or Matchstick Potato, I prefer Yoki because it is extra thin. I buy it at Brazilian stores.But you can also find the Picnic brand at most grocery stores.

Batata Palha, or Shoestring Potato Sticks, I prefer Yoki because it is extra thin. I buy it at Brazilian stores.But you can also find the Pik Nik brand at most grocery stores.

In a clear, glass bowl (It looks prettier, so you can see the different layers)place the lettuce at the bottom. Follow with the spring mix and the arugula and/or watercress. Make a layer of shredded beets, and on top of it a layer of shredded carrots. Place the shredded Kanikama (or smoked turkey) and the mango’s cubes on top of the carrots, and finish with the shoestring potato sticks.



  • 1/4 c creme fraiche, or plain yogurt
  • 1/2 c mayonnaise
  • 1/4 c Ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard
  • 1 tsp red hot sauce, such as Red Rooster or Tabasco
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients together, and keep refrigerated marinating until it is time to use it. I find it better to dress the salad on the plate, so one can choose how much dressing goes into their salad.

I suggest that you try this recipe as is, and do not skip any ingredients, even if you are not a big fan of beets or mangoes. The combination of the sweetness of the beets, carrots, mango and kani, with the salty crunchiness of the potatoes….is out of this world. Try it, and let me know what you think!














Frida Kahlo: Her Photos

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When Frida died, her husband Diego Rivera kept her personal belongings locked in trunks and secret. He had ordered them to stay locked for 15 years. Diego passed away four years later, and at his request,the trunks were kept locked by their friend and manager of their houses (turned into Museums) Dolores Olmedo. When Dolores passed in 2004, Frida’s trunks were unlocked. Among dresses, skirts, corsets, shoes, and artwork, there were photographs never seen before.


Now the public can see photos that belonged to Frida’s personal archives. There are over 200 photos of her family, friends, lovers, pets,travels, and hard times painting in her bed and at the hospital.Photos taken for her, of her, and by her. The exhibition Frida Kahlo, Her Photos is at the MOLAA (Museum of Latin American Art), in Long Beach , California until June 8th.


The exhibition was divided into six different sections:

  • Photos of Frida’s parents, many taken by her father xxx who was an historic photographer; and Frida with friends, pets, and specially her monkey Fulang Chang.
  • La Casa Azul (The Blue House): Photos taken at La Casa Azul, in Coyoacan, Mexico. This is where she was born, spent her childhood,her final years and passed away. Now the Casa Azul is a Museum dedicated to Frida, her art and life.
  • Amores (Her loves): Numerous photos of Frida’s friends and lovers. It is no secret that she had many lovers, men and women. In this section there are also photos of her travels to different countries. There are a few photos of indigenous people. I specially liked one from an anonymous author, called Indigenas Enumerados (Numbered Indigenous People).
  • The Broken Body: This part of the exhibition shows photos of Frida taken by her lover Nicholas Murray. Frida is painting in her bed with a traction device attached to the bed and pulling her chin to straighten her spine. There are also photos of her in the hospital in NY. There are several mutilated pictures, where she cut herself and others from it, making noticeable not who was in the picture, but who is absent.
  • Diego’s Gaze: Photos showing Diego’s view of the world. His relationship with politics can be seen in photos of the dictator Porfirio Dias,the Revolutionary Movement and Diego and Trotsky in Berlin. Technology intrigued him, and it was present in his life as shown in the photos of Diego’s trip to the Ford plant in Detroit. There is also a photo of Diego’s eye captured by Frida.
  • Photography: This last section gathers photos from Frida’s personal collection that where purchased or given to her as gifts by friends and famous photographers, such as Tina Modotti and Edward Weston. Some of these pictures influenced her work, like Martin Muncaksis’ black cat.

At the end of the exhibition there is an exploring station on a computer where the visitor can see Frida’s art work in a slide show. There are also two interactive stations where the visitor can either paint Frida’s cast, or write her a Get Well Soon card and hang them on the wall for visitor to see.

If you are in Los Angeles make sure you stop by the MOLAA, the exhibition is only available until June 8th.













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