Black History Month – Bean’s Old World Sisters

Black History Month – Bean’s Old World Sisters

Common beans (Phaseolus vulgaris), were cultivated in the Americas with corn and squash, forming the strong agricultural and nutritional "three sisters"; with the influence of West African culture, the common bean adopted its culinary sisters from the Old World: white rice and fried plantain ... click on title for more

Oaxaca Style Black Sauce – Mole negro estilo Oaxaca

Oaxaca Style Black Sauce – Mole negro estilo Oaxaca

In Mexico, a turkey dinner is a popular choice for a Christmas menu, especially in urban areas.  For others, though, stew-like dishes are usually the norm, such as chicken in mole. Mole negro (Oaxaca Style Black Sauce) has a similar ingredient list as red mole, but chosen and prepared to impart a dark colour to the sauce: dark dry peppers, peanuts with their dark film on, and burnt tortilla, are some examples, as well as a good portion of chocolate.  The resulting flavour profile is smoky, deep and slightly sweet ... click on title for more

Traditional Sweets – Cocadas de Yema

Traditional Sweets – Cocadas de Yema

Colima is the capital city of the Mexican state with the same name; it is also known as "The City of the Palm Trees", which grow all around the state.  Not surprisingly,  coconut is one of the state's main crops, and in addition to coconut water, milk, oil, soap, and fibre for agricultural and industrial uses, the white flesh is enjoyed as nourishment, and as the main ingredient of delightful treats ... click on title for more