Street Food – Esquites

Street Food – Esquites

Two very popular street foods in Mexico are corn on the cob and esquites (from the Nahuatl form izquitl - roasted young corn.) In pre-Hispanic times, esquite was probably eaten with dry hot peppers and salt and, after the Spanish conquest, lime juice was added to the seasonings. Nowadays, it is very common to top esquites with mayonnaise, shredded cheese and a variety of spicy ingredients … click on title for more

The Flying Clay Pot from Jalisco

The Flying Clay Pot from Jalisco

"La cazuela voladora" (The Flying Clay Pot) is a bubbly preparation in which tequila and a variety of citrus flavours conflate, popular in all of the Mexican state of Jalisco. During my visit to the town of San Pedro Tlaquepaque, I saw a giant version of it at one of the local restaurants, and I decided to give it a try back home in Canada, in a more manageable size … click on title for more

Swiss Chard – A Misunderstood Garden Favourite

Swiss Chard – A Misunderstood Garden Favourite

I think Swiss chard is an under-appreciated vegetable; often called to be used “instead of spinach”, it has got a bad reputation because its flavour is stronger and a tad bitter. In the garden, however, it is more resilient than spinach, and has a much longer growing season, even thriving through the hot summer months, as long as some shade is provided. Since I had a good supply of tomatillos and a beautiful harvest of Swiss chard at hand, I decided to prepare them together in a traditional Mexican stew … click on title for more