Fresh Corn Squares

Fresh Corn Squares

In Mexico, the word maíz refers to the grain, so a bread made with nixtamalized corn flour (masa harina) or cornmeal, would be called pan de maíz.  On the other hand, elote is the name used for fresh corn, either on the cob, or the corn kernels (granos de elote); some dishes made with fresh corn that come to mind are: fresh corn cake (pastel de elote), fresh corn bread (pan de elote), and fresh corn tamale (tamal de elote), to name just a few. My favourite fresh corn bread is a sweet rendition, so moist and creamy from the fresh corn kernels, that tastes almost custardy; the original recipe has no flour, but because fresh corn in Canada generally has a lower starch content compared to Mexican corn, I added some corn starch to prevent crumbling, and, as a bonus, the recipe remains gluten-free ... click on title for more

Vegan Suadero-Style Tacos

Vegan Suadero-Style Tacos

To make good use of a nice crop of pápalo before the cold weather kills the plants, and inspired by National Taco Day and Fried "Chiles Toreados" with Onions in previous posts, I decided to re-visit my recipe for suadero tacos, one of the most iconic street offerings in Mexico City.  They are usually made with a special cut of beef (suadero), and a piece of pork sausage (longaniza) but, since my vegetarian daughter was visiting, a meatless batch was in order ... click on title for more

Fried “Chiles Toreados” with Onions

Fried “Chiles Toreados” with Onions

The term "chiles toreados" refers to a technique that people use in Mexico to make hot peppers even spicier; then, they may be eaten raw, added to salsas and stews, or as they now appear in many Mexican or Tex-Mex restaurants, prepared as a side dish, lightly grilled or fried, and seasoned, sometimes with knob onions ... click on title for more