Atrium Patties – Gorditas de Atrio

Atrium Patties – Gorditas de Atrio

A major pilgrimage to the Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexico City occurs every year during this month, since December 12 is marked as her Feast day in the Catholic Church calendar. One of the most traditional treats sold outside the Basilica is a corn based sweet patty, cooked over a grill.  Several patties are wrapped in bright coloured tissue paper, so they can be enjoyed still warm, out of the paper packet, or brought home without getting soggy.  They have become so ubiquitous outside the Basilica, as well as many other old churches in Mexico, that hey are known as “gorditas de atrio” - "Atrium Patties" ... click on title for more

Song Lyric Sunday – La Víbora de la Mar

Song Lyric Sunday – La Víbora de la Mar

There is a traditional Mexican tune “La víbora de la mar” (“The Sea Snake”), which is sung as part of a game. I used to play it all the time during recess in elementary school, and much later on, at wedding receptions, as a legendary fast-paced conga line. There are no winners or losers in this game, just a bunch of happy (and thirsty) people ... click on title for more

Vegan Mexican Style Stuffing and Gravy

Vegan Mexican Style Stuffing and Gravy

Two years ago, I shared a traditional Mexican recipe for turkey stuffing with ground meat; this time, I tried a vegan version by using a plant-based ground meat substitute, and the result was excellent. The idea behind this substitution is to have a stuffing as tasty as the original to go with turkey or other poultry, but that if some of the people at the table were vegan or vegetarian, they could simply ignore the bird, with this stuffing rich and satisfying enough to stand alone as their main protein-rich dish.   Of course, I then felt the onus to also offer a vegan/vegetarian friendly gravy ... click on title for more