Cooking with the Harvest I – Moussaka

Cooking with the Harvest I – Moussaka

It is always very interesting to see how traditional dishes transform as new ingredients are introduced.  Moussaka is a Greek and Cypriot dish that is very well known around the world; the traditional versions only comprised layers of eggplant and ground lamb or pork, but since tomatoes and potatoes arrived to Europe from Mexico and Peru, respectively, they have become a common part of the recipe. This post shows the fusion of recipes from my Mexican/Japanese mom, my Cypriot mother in-law and my own, and it is a tri-generational effort, because one of my daughters helped with the cooking, and also styled and photographed the plated presentation, as shown above ... click on title for more

Some of my Mom’s Favourite Things

Some of my Mom’s Favourite Things

Mother's Day is celebrated in Canada and many other countries today, on the second Sunday in May, for which we are again in lockdown here in Southern Ontario.   A few years ago, I was writing my mom's biography, and realized I did not know a few basic facts about her favourite things.  I made a short list and asked her; I am happy I got to learn these facts before her passing in November of 2019.  Remembering her fondly today, here are her answers ... click on title for more

Flower of the Day – The Earliest Cherry Blossoms

Flower of the Day – The Earliest Cherry Blossoms

Cherry blossom earliest peak-dates have been reported in Japan, as well as other countries, including Canada. Ironically enough, these, along with pandemic-related circumstances, have confabulated to grant my daughter a full-bloom Japanese farewell, and a full-bloom Canadian welcome ... click on title for more

En Español: Esthercita en Coahuila – Parte IV

En Español: Esthercita en Coahuila – Parte IV

Mi mamá hubiera cumplido 93 años este mes; el año pasado, un poco después de su muerte, compartí algunas historias y recetas de su infancia en el pueblito minero de Agujita, en el estado de Coahuila, México.  Para continuar celebrando su vida en este el mes de su cumpleaños, quisiera compartir otra historia y receta ... click on title for more