An Heirloom Recipe

An Heirloom Recipe

My friend Paco's mom digitalized her recipes, many of them heirlooms from her Italian grandmother, putting them all together in a recipe book. I was lucky enough to browse through it, and asked my friend to pick a couple regarded as his mom's trademarks that I could share in my blog … click on title for more

A Magic Town – Mocorito

A Magic Town – Mocorito

"Pueblo mágico" - Magic Town, is a denomination granted by the Mexican Tourism Scretariat to recognize locations around the country with outstanding or unique features regarding their history, natural beauty, architecture, gastronomy or cultural heritage. The program started in 2001, and currently there are 121 magic towns. The state of Sinaloa has four: Cosalá, El Rosario, El Fuerte, and Mocorito. Mocorito has a rich history and flourishing cultural life, and is also home to the state's trademark spiced pork dish … click on title for more

Swiss Chard – A Misunderstood Garden Favourite

Swiss Chard – A Misunderstood Garden Favourite

I think Swiss chard is an under-appreciated vegetable; often called to be used “instead of spinach”, it has got a bad reputation because its flavour is stronger and a tad bitter. In the garden, however, it is more resilient than spinach, and has a much longer growing season, even thriving through the hot summer months, as long as some shade is provided. Since I had a good supply of tomatillos and a beautiful harvest of Swiss chard at hand, I decided to prepare them together in a traditional Mexican stew … click on title for more

Huauzontle Patties – Tortitas de huauzontle

Huauzontle Patties – Tortitas de huauzontle

The technique used for these patties is known as capeado, which means “coated” or “under a layer.” The accustomed way to serve them is drenched in a sauce; the most popular is red mole, but caldillo (made with tomatoes) and my choice of cooked green sauce (made with tomatillos) are also very tasy … click on title for more