Tuesday, July 27, 2010


Nopales is something that lots of people eat here in Mexico. They are nutritious and have lots of medical benefits. My grandma cooks them in various ways...

My grandpa and my grandma love to eat them. I love them too. My grandma gives them to me in my veggie soup at noon.
And my mom... ? Well, my mom is another story. She does not like them. There is no way you can make her to eat them... Nope! No way! Yuck!

Then, the other day, my grandma went to the supermarket and there she found them dehydrated with chili. At home she told my mom to taste a little piece. And my mom loved it! And now it is my mom's favorite snack.

They don't look so yummy...

I decided to investigate them...

I tasted it...

And I did not like it!
I prefer the ones my grandma gives to me!

Have a good night


3 doxies said...

Oh my god, am I furst?
Oh shoot now I lost my trai of thought cuz i was so excited bout being furst.


Mayzie said...

Those look most suspiciously like the things that bite my paws with their pointy things. Don't they hurt when you eat 'em? What do they taste like?

wiggles & wags,

Deborah said...

Hi Lorenza, guess what, I never heard of them! I would probably like them because I like almost everything except liver! LOL
Have a nice night!

Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

Maybe the dried ones were too hot?? We have one of those cactus outside our condo in Phoenix but did not know they were edible! They have little sticker things all over them though...is grandma's hand full of owies??
Hope not.
BabyRD and Hootie

Mango the Maltese kiddo said...

You have better taste Lorenza.
Grandma's homemade dishes are simply the best.

Bocci said...

Interesting! I love learning about new foods (and love to eat them too!).
I agree with you, Lorenza, I'd prefer the real things...with cheese or eggs-looks delicious!

Your buddy,

Frankie Furter said...

Lorenza my mom has eaten those in Yuma, Arizona. A lady gave her some in a salad and some that she had grilled. Mom says they are delicious. Maybe your mom will put some in YOUR dehydrator.

Lola said...

The sound very interesting. We googled and couldn't find any restaurants that have them here, although there seems to be one in Chicago that specializes in them. We hope that they have them here soon so we can try them.

lotsa licks, Lola

houndstooth said...

Well, of course everybody has their own tastes! Mom thinks they look interesting. I'm always willing to try something new, at least once!


Benny and Lily said...

Oh Lorenza that look yummmE.Don't eat to many of those things...BOL
Benny & Lily

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Hmmmm, Lorenza - we and our Mom think we would have to close our eyes really tight before we could try those. But maybe they really are pretty good - thanks for letting us see your foods. We would never have thought that cacti were good to eat.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Maggie Mae said...


You is a braver pup than I is. My mom said she would try thems but I don't thinks I would ;)

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

Samantha said...

Well.... so glad your mom like the snacky kind! But glad you like... wait! You get soup at noon? OMD! You are so lucky! Please tell your mama to tell my mama that I need nourishment at lunch heheh!
Hugs xoxoxo
Sammie and the gang

Kari in WeHo said...

we have not tried them, I am not sure we will...

Don't forget, we've moved to dogisgodinreverse.com

Minna Krebs said...

My mom eats these but sez they can be a little slimy. Maybes your Grandma knows how to cooks them better than what we get around here.
I thinks the dried snacky kind sound really yummy though!


The Animal Doctor said...

OMD, Lorenza, this is the first time we've ever heard that a cactus is some kind of delicacy. I hope they are as mouth watering as they look in the photos...Unlike you, I'd be to skittish to try. hehehe

Thanks for visiting our blog and commenting on our post, even if its what you call a sponsored post. :P

~ your friend, Trudis

Wyatt said...


Sounds strange, but I bet they are delicious when your Grandma cooks them.
That was a funny Yucky face you made!!


little princess Luna~ said...

hola lorenza~!
a mi mami tampoco le gustan lost nopales. isn't that funny?? :)
yo nunca los eh probado. hummmm--i need to ask mum to let me try some soon~!


Thor said...

Eu nunca provei aquela comida! Mas os pratos que sua avó prepara parecem deliciosos! Aprecie! =)

Teddy said...

Ooh, your Grandma is such a good cook! You're so lucky Lorenza. I wouldn't like those chili things either...those hot things are no good for doggie bellies.

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Loyalty to the sweet lady who makes your beautiful outfits is a good trait, Lorenza. Bet she's walking on air to know you prefer her nopales to store bought.

Rebecca and Daisy Mae said...

I have never tried cactus before. I wonder what it tastes like. Here we have the ones with the poker things on it... I don't think I should eat those.
Daisy Mae

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Hmmmm -

They look furry interesting!

Thanks fur sharing them in all those ways!


Life With Dogs said...

Hmm...never heard of those. I'll have to look for them locally but I doubt they are available.

Niamh said...

We are not sure if we would like cactus but if you think it is good Lorenza we would give it a try.

Your friends,
Niamh & Ambrose

Miss Reina and Lil Torres said...

Is it Cactus? like the plant we grow in homes???

Well Lorenza, i would have to say you and your grandparents have got better taste cause it is FRESH!

Stella said...

I would try them because my Mom says its only polite when you are offered a new food to give it a try.

If I didn't like it, thats it! No more!


♥I am Holly♥ said...

Lorenza, we haven't heard of them but mom would probably really love to try them!!! We will check into them here!! Lots of love, Holly and mom

Au and Target said...

We'd like to try this but we'll have to wait until we go to Mexico!

Sam said...

I like learning about different kinds of foods from all around the world, but you're right, I don't think I would like those things dehydrated and chilied.. good for you for giving it a try, though!

Teddy Bear said...

The nopales look delicious!

Teddy Bear


Lorenza, my mom wants to know is it Cactus? If it is, she didn't know it can be eaten, we hav lots of them over in Malaysia.

Simba and Jazzi said...

We think NSFF Daddy would enjoy that snack.

Simba and Jazzi xx

Bae Bae said...

Hee hee. they look yummy yo me coz there's cheese in there

~ Bae

DragonflyLanternshop said...

Oh Lorenza! You are so spoilt :-) (we are bit jealous).
Patsy & Frankie xo

Maggie and Mitch said...

We sure wish we could taste nopales both ways to see which way we prefer. Mom says we'd probably like them prepared both ways seeing as we both are such foodies!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Marg said...

WEll we have never heard of those kind of foods. That was very brave of you to try them and loved the expression on your face after your bite. Hope you find a better snack.
Have a great day.

Madi and Mom said...

Hi Lorenza you and mom have discriminating tastes!! That look on your face says 'mom that is nasty I can't believe you like these better than grandmas....
My mom says the collage of Grandma's dishes looks delicious!!! Mom wants to know what she does to the prickly part of the cactus?

Happy Wednesday,
Madi and Mom

Mack said...

Mom says she's heard that cactus is sooo very good for you. I bet I would love them!


Fred said...

It all looks pretty yummy to me!!!

Mochi and Mommy said...

Your last pic is so cute! :)

Thanks for sharing! They all look good!


Anonymous said...

OMD my Mom loves Nopales! I don't know about them though. To me I always love what my Momma makes, not the store. This means you have good taste Lorenza!

Try to stay cool girl furiend, we know it is HOT and Icky there!

woo woos, Tessa

Cheryl, Indiana, Shingo and Molly said...

We love you with your toungue sticking out, Lorenza. We dont' blame you, though. Those don't look furry tasty!

Woofs and Kisses!
The Fiesty Three

Bobby said...

I never heard of them, I dont think I would like them.

Tofu Burger said...

OMY DOG! You get to eat in BED!

Lucky Dog.


Bijou said...

Oh Lorenza, your face says it all! You better stick to grandma's cooking. BOL


Gus, Louie and Callie said...

Grandma's cooking is always the best..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Chicas Libelulas said...

Wow, we did not we could eat them!!!!!
Thank you we ask our Mamma to give them to us, she love eaten them now shw would have to give us a taste!
Spongy & Licky

The Army of Four said...

We've never tried those! They look mighty good - especially in tacos!

Sunshade said...

Omg everything in that post looked sooooooo yummy! You're a lucky gurrrrl Lorenza! Hoomans are picky sometimes, weird..

Love nibbles,
Miss Sunshade

Sunshade said...

Omg everything in that post looked sooooooo yummy! You're a lucky gurrrrl Lorenza! Hoomans are picky sometimes, weird..

Love nibbles,
Miss Sunshade

Keisha said...

The tacos look yummy! :)

Anonymous said...


Dip-Dip and The Bridge said...

That is so interesting, we didn't know you can eat cactus. We love learning more about the things you have in Mexico!
Wags, Dip Bridge and Elliot xx

Mango said...

I have never even seen a cactus, let alone actually eaten one. Now that I see your face I will know not to even try unless it is fresh.


The Teacher's Pets said...

Of course nothing tastes as good as what your grandma makes fur you beclaws she's the best cook in the world! I'm pretty certain she could open her own restaurant AND her own alterations/sewing shop and make lots of green stuff fur herself!


I'm with you.. I'll stick to my frozen yogurt cups for a snack.

Silly humans.

Sallie said...

They sound Yummy! How about a recipe from Grandma? I think Wyatt is collecting some.


Honey the Great Dane said...

How interesting! I'd never heard of nopales before! My human, Hsin-Yi, would have loved the dehydrated version too - she LOVES anything with chillis in it! :-)

Honey the Great Dane

the booker man said...

miss lorenza,
wowsers! i didn't know you could eat those cactus thingies cuz they have those hooge needles on them! anywho, that cactus grilled cheesey looks super delish!!
the booker man

JB's Big and Small Worlds said...

Hee hee, you look cute with your tongue out. We don't think we would like that food at all.

Penny and Patches said...

Our mom and dad tried prickley pear cactus when they lived in Arizbona, but they didn't like it. And our mom said it wasn't worth all the work, They did eat prickley pear jelly if someone else made it! Have a great weekend, Lorenza!

Penny & Patches

Holly and Khady said...

I've never heard of eating cactus! Not sure you could get me to try it. I already have to eat green beans and I'm sick of those.


Sugar the Golden Retriever said...

Woof! Woof! Mmmm cactus ... Interesting. Grandma is the best. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Twinkietinydog said...

Nopales obviously means to your mom what okra means to mine. Ugh. Sorry you didn't enjoy the treats. They didn't look so appealing either. I know you read my last post though and I know you can get some of your beloved chicken strips. You want to know how? By being you.

ocmist said...

Our Grammy REALLY doesn't like those either! Her Mama used to make them in different dishes, too, but usually in eggs. Grammy never got a taste for them, but her sisters did. She wonders if she would like the new way though. She didn't like the sort of "slimy" taste that she thinks is a lot like okra, but that new way looked like it might have been dried, and that might make it better.

Peanut said...

Hey our tortoise and turtles eat those cactus but mom has a hard time finding them so she sometimes has to order them 3 lbs at time. :)