A Holiday Menu from Jalisco

A Holiday Menu from Jalisco

One of my nieces and her husband live in Guadalajara, capital city of the Mexican state of Jalisco.  She just shared with me a photo of their Christmas tree, all decorated with Mexican crafts. Here in Canada, the government has issued an advisory against international travelling, due to COVID19, so no hope for me to join them, but I wanted to imagine how it would be to plan a holiday menu to go with my niece's decorations ... click on title for more

Pozole Rojo – A Christmas Favourite

Pozole Rojo – A Christmas Favourite

Turkey and pork loin roasts are some of the most popular choices on the Christmas menu for many Mexican families, as well as more traditional dishes, such as revoltijo (a red mole-based stew), bacalao (a cod stew), tamales, and last, but not least, pozole (hominy soup).  I have shared recipes for pozole blanco (clear broth, "white" pozole), and for pozole verde (green pozole), but for Christmas time, nothing like a delicious pozole rojo (red pozole).   There are several recipes for red pozole, primarily form the states of Jalisco, Nuevo León, and other Northern states.  For this post, I have chosen a recipe from Jalisco, which uses the Mexican staple of hierbas de olor (bay leaf, marjoram and thyme), and only one kind of dry red pepper, either regional chilacate, or the more readily available guajillos ... click on title for more

¡Feliz Navidad! Or just a “Prosperous Year and Happiness!”

¡Feliz Navidad! Or just a “Prosperous Year and Happiness!”

As the mistletoe has been hung, and the Christmas punch has been prepared, my family is still trying to fulfill commitments and finish some chores - at home, work, with final exams and/or volunteering - before gathering in Toronto for Christmas. I will not be bringing my laptop, so I will have minimal WI-FI exposure for a few days … click on image for more