Slow Cooker Chicken in Annatto Sauce

Slow Cooker Chicken in Annatto Sauce

Achiote (annatto) is a traditional flavouring for many dishes from the Yucatan peninsula.  In addition to cochinita pibil (pork), tikinxic (fish) and pibipollo (large chicken tamale), chicken is also cooked in annatto sauce, traditionally wrapped in banana leaves and cooked in an underground oven (pib), aptly called pollo pibil.  Modern versions of  this dish are prepared on the stove, or as in this case, without the banana leaves, in a slow cooker ... click on title for more

A Flashback recipe – Garlic Scape Papatzules

A Flashback recipe – Garlic Scape Papatzules

Papatzules are a traditional and very popular dish in the Mexican state of Yucatan. The preparation is similar to a basic enchilada, but the ingredients make this dish unique: the sauce is made from ground pumpkin seed and epazote, and hard-boiled eggs serve as stuffing. Using some ingredients from my garden, I prepared my own version of papatzules … click on title for more

First Summer Crop – Epazote

First Summer Crop – Epazote

Epazote (Dysphania ambrosioides) is a traditional Mexican herb that I have used and described in my posts before.  In English, it is known as Mexican tea or wormseed, and grows freely (sometimes considered invasive) in Southern USA, Mexico, Central America, and parts of South America.  I bought a seed packet a few years ago, spread some in a sunny patch, and I have had them self-seed and come back every late spring ever since, ready for harvest as soon as summer arrives.  This year is no different, and as seen in the photo above, it looks like a bumper crop ... click on title for more

My Dad’s Pictures: Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral

My Dad’s Pictures: Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral

For this Father's Day, I am remembering my dad today through two of his pictures (circa 1970):  A night view of Mexico City's Metropolitan Cathedral (above), and a similar frame during the day (below), with a view of the tabernacle on the right side, and my brother and me walking towards the building.   To all [...]

Cortadillo de Res – Northern Style Beef Stew

Cortadillo de Res – Northern Style Beef Stew

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. The Mascogos, a group of Afro-Mexicans, small, yet historically very relevant, living in the Northern Mexican state of Coahuila, have been celebrating Juneteenth  for generations, with a fusion of African, Mexican and Seminole (indigenous groups from Florida) traditions, such as dancing to música norteña (Northern Mexico music), singing hymnals to hand-clapped rhythms called capeyuye,  and sharing a meal that often includes cortadillo, a dish of beef or goat meat, cooked in a chunky tomato sauce ... click on title for more