As I begin my fourth year as a blogger, I feel very grateful to all the kind readers who have followed my stories and recipes, offered comments, encouragement, and in many cases, their friendship. It is my great pleasure and honour to continue sharing My Slice of Mexico with you all! The period February 19, 2020- February 18, 2021 has been one of a kind for many reasons. Of course, the entire world has experienced the hardships of the COVID19 pandemic; curfews, lockdowns and restrictions have become the new normal. At a personal level, there was a period of “good-byes”, since both my daughters travelled to work abroad for a year; the older left for Japan just a couple of weeks before the COVID19 crisis was declared a pandemic, and the younger had to start working from home, then managed to travel to France in early September, before the EU closed their borders again. We are expecting them to return to Canada at the end of March, and sometime in the summer, respectively; the government’s new regulations might force them to quarantine in less than palatial conditions before being allowed to come home, but hopefully there will still be a period of “hellos”. My husband started working from home sometime in March, with just one business trip all year, which had to be shortened. Of course, I could not travel at all, but vicariously visited many Mexican regions through my recipes and stories. Although I was limited to reminisce on previous trips, my website got invigorated by a noticeable boost, jumping to over 85,000 views and almost 62,000 visitors, compared to the previous year’s stats of close to 14, 850 views and over 7,750 visitors; surely the forced stay-at-home conditions for many had something to do with it, but I wonder to what extent, and whether other bloggers have noticed this effect.
To celebrate this anniversary, I put together a list with my all-time, top five posts:
“We know tortas are Mexican sandwiches, and it is generally accepted that the cubanas in particular, were invented in Mexico City sometime in the 1950s … ” (click here for full story and recipe):
“Nieve means snow, and garrafa is the Spanish word for a container used primarily to hold liquids, but in this context, it is the name given to the metal tubs where a sorbet base (liquid) is first poured … it did not take me long to realize my manual ice cream maker mirrors a minion version of the Mexican garrafa setting with great accuracy …” (click here for full story and recipes):
Sinaloa Style Chicken is ” … a well known dish in Mexico, and also in some parts of the United States, from chains such as Pollo Loco™ and Pollo Feliz™ . The success of these restaurants resides in their secret marinades, and the spatchcocking of the chickens … ” (click here for full story and recipe):
– Were named after the Spanish mantecada de Astorga, although the recipe is very different and its origin is uncertain. In Astorga, mantecada batter is prepared similar to a cake (cupcakes), while in Mexico, mantecadas are prepared closer to a quick bread (muffins).
– In spite of the name, are not made with butter, but oil, which gives them golden-brown and crispy tops, without sprinkling sugar on them.
– Are traditionally baked in red glassine baking cups, to withstand high baking temperatures.
– Traditional recipes call for the use of both yeast and baking powder, but most commercial recipes use baking powder only. This suggests that the yeast might not be necessary …” (click here for full story and recipe):
“A Mexican Garibaldi is a buttery upside-down cupcake, coated with apricot jam and white nonpareil sprinkles … ” (click here for full story and recipe):
Since my all-time top post is Garibaldis – The Upside Down Mexican Cupcakes, a sumptuous spread of Garibaldi cupcakes and coffee serves as the featured image at the top of this post, and also as the shared treat for the delightful, as always, Su’s Virtual Tea Party:
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I am sharing my post at Thursday Favourite Things #478, with Bev @ Eclectic Red Barn, Pam @ An Artful Mom, Katherine @ Katherine’s Corner, Amber @ Follow the Yellow Brick Home, Theresa @ Shoestring Elegance and Linda @ Crafts a la Mode.
I am joining Fiesta Friday #369 with Angie @ Fiesta Friday.
I am also joining What’s for Dinner? Sunday Link-Up #304 with Helen @ The Lazy Gastronome. Special thanks to the gracious hostess for featuring my Wafer Chocolate Bars – Tin Larín Style at this party.