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

Atrium Patties – Gorditas de Atrio

Atrium Patties – Gorditas de Atrio

A major pilgrimage to the Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexico City occurs every year during this month, since December 12 is marked as her Feast day in the Catholic Church calendar. One of the most traditional treats sold outside the Basilica is a corn based sweet patty, cooked over a grill.  Several patties are wrapped in bright coloured tissue paper, so they can be enjoyed still warm, out of the paper packet, or brought home without getting soggy.  They have become so ubiquitous outside the Basilica, as well as many other old churches in Mexico, that hey are known as “gorditas de atrio” - "Atrium Patties" ... click on title for more