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

Tacos Acorazados – A Portable Dish from Mexican Revolutionary Times

Tacos Acorazados – A Portable Dish from Mexican Revolutionary Times

November 20, 2020 marks 110 years since the onset of the Mexican Revolution War. Food and diet were influenced during these violent times; any dish that could be prepared and served from one pot (de la olla), or easily transported, became an asset when improvised cooking had to make use of whatever was available, and could get interrupted by hailing fire without notice.  Tacos acorazados hit the bill ... click on title for more