Mexican Sausage in Green Sauce with Paddle Cacti

Mexican Sausage in Green Sauce with Paddle Cacti

As I remember, in Mexico, longaniza was usually a fresh pork sausage, or cured for only a short time, and prepared with meat with a coarser grind than chorizo. For this recipe, either Mexican chorizo or longaniza may be used, whichever variety is the less cured … click on title for more

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The Legend behind Mexico’s Coat of Arms

The Legend behind Mexico’s Coat of Arms

The imagery that conforms the coat of arms emblazoned on the central white band of the Mexican flag is quite complex and unique; it is also called "El escudo nacional" ("The national shield") and it appears as a seal on official government documents, such as passports, and on the back of all Mexican coins; the theme of an eagle standing on a paddle cactus plant comes from the legend of the foundation of Tenochtitlan, the capital of the Mexica civilization … click on title for more

Picaditas – Corn Dough Appetizers for Mexico’s Flag Day

Picaditas – Corn Dough Appetizers  for Mexico’s Flag Day

On February 24, 1821, in the town of Iguala (currently in the Mexican state of Guerrero), Mexican military leader Agustín de Iturbide presented a plan declaring Mexico as an independent country, after almost a decade of cruel battles against the Spanish rule. Iturbide also commissioned the creation of a flag with diagonal bands in different colours, representing three principles, demanded as basic guarantees in his plan: Green – Independence, White – Religion, and Red – Unity … click on title for more

Grageitas – Sweet Treats for St. Valentine’s Day

Grageitas – Sweet Treats for St. Valentine’s Day

I remember cookies as a sweet treat for St. Valentine’s; my mom and I would often bake heart shaped cookies, which I sometimes shared with my friends, and I loved receiving small sweet tokens from them, too. Grageitas (meaning “tiny tablets” or “little sprinkles”), are a classic Mexican confection of bite-size cookies topped with rainbow-coloured sprinkles … click on title for more

The Sprouter – A Winter Blues Fixer

The Sprouter – A Winter Blues Fixer

As we have entered the second half of the winter season (in the Northern hemisphere), lengthening daytimes are becoming more noticeable; vegetable gardeners are experiencing a flaring need to grow (and eat!) something fresh. Many people keep potted edibles indoors, use their grow lights for baby greens and herbs or, as I have been doing for the last couple of years, sprout seeds … click on title for more

Three Sisters Garden

Three Sisters Garden

The name of “Three Sisters” was given by Native American nations, and it seems like every community has its own version of the origin story; the common element in all stories is the interpretation of the interactions amongst the three crops as part of a sisterhood, in which each member contributes something unique to the group, an inseparable set that best thrives together. In our garden, I chose red scarlet pole beans and two kinds of winter squash (classic orange pumpkin, and “Casper” white) to complement the organic sweet corn … click on title for more