Black History Month – Afro-Mexicans

Black History Month – Afro-Mexicans

From the onset of European explorations in the Caribbean islands and Mexican soil in the late 15th century, some African nationals or their descendants in the Iberian peninsula, participated not only as slaves, but also as auxiliaries to Spanish and Portuguese explorers, or as part of the crew.  Once the conquest campaigns begun in the early 16th Century, there is documented evidence of black conquistadores of African descent, such as Juan Garrido ... click on title for more

New Crops 2021

New Crops 2021

The ground is still covered with a white layer of snow in my backyard, but daylight times are getting longer, so I am ready to start some seed indoors.  This year I have found a new-to-me seed and gardening company based in Ontario, Canada, which specializes in herbs, but also has a decent selection of veggies, flowers and garden supplies.  I was blown away by the fact that they carry some Mexican varieties that I have been wanting to grow at home here in Southern Ontario ... click on title for more

Wafer Chocolate Bars – Tin Larín Style

Wafer Chocolate Bars – Tin Larín Style

Chocolate bars with one or more wafer/biscuit layers are very popular all around the World. Tin Larín is a Mexican wafer sandwich with peanut-flavoured filling and covered with milk chocolate; when I realized it now tasted artificial and too sugary, with hardly a trace of peanut flavour, I decided to make my own at home ... click on title for more

The Mexican Bisquet II – Classic Recipe

The Mexican Bisquet II – Classic Recipe

In one of my early posts, I followed the very interesting route of the bisquet, the Mexican version of the American biscuit (scone-type pastry), from its origins on the railroad trails in the US and Northern Mexico, to its travels south to Mexico City, brought by Chinese immigrants turned cooks. That time, I shared my own version of a low fat, quick dough bisquet with no yeast, but since I had a frothy and rich cup of café con leche (coffee with milk) from my last post, this time I decided to give the traditional recipe for bisquets a try ... click on title for more