Cinco de Mayo in the Time of COVID19

Cinco de Mayo in the Time of COVID19

In Canada, Cinco de Mayo has been mostly promoted by bars and Mexican or Tex-Mex restaurants, but since last year, the COVID19 pandemic has forced social distancing and intermittent states of emergency, the latest of which is still in effect at least for most of the month of May in Ontario; that means that any celebrations will take place at home, and only with members of that household. In this post, I offer suggestions for a complete menu for a Cinco de Mayo celebration at home, including options for vegetarians ... click on title for more

A Sweet Flashback – Chocoflan

A Sweet Flashback – Chocoflan

I shared this recipe exactly a year ago, during the first COVID19 lockdown in Canada, when we all had a sudden time surplus at home, and many took as an opportunity to bake.  Currently Canada is going through its third (and worst) COVID19 wave, registering record daily numbers of new cases, particularly in intensive care units.  As a result, more restrictions on shopping, gathering and travelling are likely to become precepts in several provinces as of this weekend; I thought re-posting this recipe might provide some distraction and solace, and another chance to bake this interesting dessert while isolating at home … click on title for more

Sweet carrot salad

Sweet carrot salad

Currently living in Canada, we usually go to Toronto and spend Easter with my in-laws, who are originally from Cyprus, so we would have a Greek-style Easter Sunday lunch. However, because of COVID19, this is the second year we will stay home; I have chosen lamb, or roasted turkey, but without the stuffing, serving instead with garlicky baby potatoes and this sweet carrot salad ... click on title for more

Tlacoyos – Pre- and Post-Hispanic Street Food

Tlacoyos – Pre- and Post-Hispanic Street Food

The definite upside of the mestizaje process during Spanish colonial times, was the rich new culture and fusion cuisine which have become the heart and true identity of Modern Mexico, as it may be aptly exemplified by a simple platter of tlacoyos, the most iconic pre- and post-Hispanic street food ... click on title for more