Alambre – A Classic Steak Skewer

Alambre – A Classic Steak Skewer

Nowadays, there are many preparations in Mexico that are called “alambre”, which means “wire”; for some of these, the name might seem strange, but it makes sense for the original dish of cubed steak, bacon and vegetables, assembled on long metal skewers, which connotes the shape and constitution of a wire. Cooked on a charcoal grill, and served on the "wire” with tortillas on the side, it became a staple at taco restaurants … click on title for more

Classic Mocha Slab Cake

Classic Mocha Slab Cake

Viennese style pastries have always been popular in Mexico, and when I was a kid, mocha buttercream torte (pastel vienés de moka) was a classic item to find on the menu at restaurants and tea parlors. Slices from round or slab mocha cakes were tempting treats to enjoy with a cup of coffee (or a glass of milk in my case). I have construed my homemade version of this Classic Mocha Slab Cake with two layers of coffee-flavoured chocolate cake, and a rich coffee and cocoa buttercream filling and icing. The cake is finished with chocolate shavings … click on title for more

Campeche Style Stew with Saffron Rice

Campeche Style Stew with Saffron Rice

After using some of my garden kohlrabi for a simple raw preparation, I wanted a Mexican recipe calling for cooked kohlrabi, and I got a lot more than I had bargained for, with "Puchero de tres carnes" - Three Meat Stew, a traditional recipe from the Mexican state of Campeche. It was very involved to make, but the result was extraordinary, and I am also offering an alternative for a vegetarian puchero … click on title for more