Amaranth Paste – A Healthy Treat for the Day of the Dead

Amaranth Paste –  A Healthy Treat for the Day of the Dead

El Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is celebrated in Mexico on November 2, and amaranth was an important element in offerings for this occasion in pre-Hispanic times. Not long after the Spanish conquest, the Catholic church sent priests and missionaries to the new lands, taking the colonies by storm; they replaced the native rituals for the dead with great success, and the native amaranth was replaced with European wheat, both as a crop and for religious applications, such as for the now traditional Bread of the Dead (Pan de muerto).  Nowadays, amaranth seed has become very popular worldwide, as a healthy cereal substitute; as a way to observe the Day of the Dead, I made a batch of cooked amaranth paste, and formed it into skulls ... click on title for more

Huevos motuleños  – Weekend Brunch at Home

Huevos motuleños  – Weekend Brunch at Home

As a follow up to my previous two posts, featuring Yucatan Style Longaniza and Cochinita Pibil, this is one more recipe from the Mexican state of Yucatan: Huevos Motuleños.  Huevos means eggs, and Motuleños means "from Motul", a small city and a municipality in the Mexican state of Yucatan ... click on title for more

Weekend Breakfast – Scrambled Eggs and Chorizo, Two Ways

Weekend Breakfast – Scrambled Eggs and Chorizo, Two Ways

The balance between eggs and chorizo is perfect when scrambled, and toast or tortillas would be a good enough complement for a hearty breakfast any day; fixing them in an old-fashioned Coahuila Style Breakfast platter, though,  brings them to a different level, worth of a traditional weekend breakfast or brunch, while an all-in-one wrap provides a more contemporary flavour ... click on title for more

En Español: Esthercita en Coahuila – Parte III

En Español: Esthercita en Coahuila – Parte III

I have received a couple of comments related to a series in honour of my late mom, from people who have lived in the Mexican state of Coahuila, more specifically, in Agujita, my mom's birthplace. One of them lamented that the posts were not written in Spanish, so I decided to translate the three-part series … click on title for more