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

Refreshing offerings for the Friday of Sorrows

Refreshing offerings for the Friday of Sorrows

The Friday of Sorrows – Viernes de Dolores, in Spanish - is observed by many Christians towards the end of the Lenten season, on the Friday before Palm Sunday. It is a very solemn day of remembrance of the pain of the Blessed Virgin Mary, inflicted upon her throughout the life of her son Jesus. In Mexico, many communities set up special altars to the sorrowful mother of Christ, and some people arrange them at home, as well; friends and fellow worshippers, visiting for prayer, are invited to partake of refreshments afterwards, such as horchata (rice-based), Jamaica (hibiscus), and in some states, particularly Queretaro, Guanajuato and Zacatecas, a beet-based concoction with chopped fruit, so traditional, that it is known as agua de cuaresma – Lenten Water ... click on title for more

“La Marquesa” Style Trout Packets

“La Marquesa” Style Trout Packets

Scenes of family picnics and outings with friends at "La Marquesa" are part of the memories for many people who grew up in Mexico City and nearby Toluca, as well as enjoying antojitos  ("little cravings", snacks) at stands by the side of the road, or eating trucha (trout) in one of the many family restaurants around.  Trout is freshly sourced locally at "La Marquesa", and cooked in many ways: grilled, pan-fried in garlic sauce ("al mojo de ajo"), or "empapelada", which means "wrapped in paper" ... click on title for more