National Taco Day 2022

National Taco Day 2022

In the USA, and recently here in Canada, National Taco Day is marked on the calendar on October 4; that is the date I have adopted, which has become an integral part in my blog, to take the opportunity to make a list of my posts with a taco theme during the year.   This year, I have another delicious selection of tacos ... click on title for more

Quintana Roo Style Empanadas

Quintana Roo Style Empanadas

There is an ongoing debate in Mexico about whether a folded patty may be called quesadilla even if it has no cheese (queso) inside.  Mexico City dwellers say "yes", while pretty much the rest of the country says "no".  In Southern Mexico, patties are called empanadas, which means "with bread", and this recipe from the state of Quintana Roo really fits the bill, since wheat flour and baking powder are added to masa (corn dough) for a softer, fluffier, more "bread-like" patty.  Other unique features are the filling, traditionally seasoned shark meat called cazón, and the condiment, consisting of marinated onions and Habanero peppers, instead of bottled salsa. I am starting with nixtamalized corn flour (masa harina) since already-prepared masa is not available in my region in Canada, and instead of shark, I am using cod filets from frozen ... click on title for more

Quintana Roo Style Pork and Cabbage – Makum de repollo

Quintana Roo Style Pork and Cabbage – Makum de repollo

All the states in the Yucatan peninsula share common Mayan roots, so it is not surprising that their cuisines also share many traditional dishes, such as it is the case of Makum, a stew that is made with marinated meat, traditionally tightly wrapped in banana leaves and cooked in a clay pot for long times. In the state of Yucatan, the most elementary ingredients for makum are fish and annatto sauce, but in the neighbouring state of Quintana Roo, a unique regional version is prepared with pork and cabbage ... click on title for more