Mexican Bingo – ¡Lotería!

Mexican Bingo – ¡Lotería!

There is a very popular board game in Mexico called Lotería – Lottery, the literal translation to English, corresponds to its definition, since its outcome is governed by chance. One particular card - # 48 La Chalupa - was so popular, that many Mexican Americans in Texas grew up calling the game “Chalupa”... click on title for more

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Garlic Scape Papatzules

Garlic Scape Papatzules

Papatzules are a traditional and very popular dish in the Mexican state of Yucatan. They are similar to a basic enchilada, but the ingredients make this preparation unique: the sauce is made from ground pumpkin seed and epazote, and hard-boiled eggs serve as stuffing. It was a natural progression to use the garlic scape with pumpkin seed paste from my previous post to prepare my own version of papatzules … click on title for more

Garlic Scape Paste – Basic and with Pumpkin Seed

Garlic Scape Paste – Basic and with Pumpkin Seed

After I collected my harvest of garlic scapes, I proceeded to wash and drain them. The next step was to trim and discard the tough tips, just above the bud; the stems and buds may be kept whole for grilling, or cut into manageable sections to cook in the kitchen, as in these two types of paste … click on title for more

Pink Ice Tea Limeade – A Natural Dye Magic Trick

Pink Ice Tea Limeade – A Natural Dye Magic Trick

I had a few leaves of aka shiso (red perilla) and a bunch of chamomile flowers from a recent harvest in my backyard. Also, there were several limes in the fridge so, when life gives you limes and herbs, make ice tea limeade! Aka shiso ice tea is a Japanese beverage, usually prepared with lemon juice, but I used lime juice and agave syrup to give it a Mexican feeling (and use what I had at hand), and chamomile to take full advantage of my harvest; all that turned out to complement the flavours very well … click on title for more