Crazy Snacks for Halloween – Dorilocos and Tostilocos 

Crazy Snacks for Halloween – Dorilocos and Tostilocos 

For Halloween treats, I have bought a variety pack of individual-sized bags of chips, and they made me think of a kind of popular snacks that started to appear as a street food in Mexico back in the 1990s; after the plain bag of chips is opened on one side (as opposed to the top), and heavily loaded with toppings, seasonings and lime juice, it becomes a “crazy” snack ... click on title for more 

Cueritos (with Vegan Option!)

Cueritos (with Vegan Option!)

In Mexican cuisine, cueritos are fresh pieces of pork skin, which have been separated from the meat and fat, and may be either fried with other parts of the pork (carnitas), or as in this recipe, boiled and pickled in vinegar, often mixed with pickled jalapeños and carrots (escabeche.) As a bonus, although it might seem impossible to conceive this dish without pork rind, the flavour of cooked fresh pork rinds is mild, and its texture, chewy, so it was not very hard to think of konjac as a vegan substitute with similar characteristics ... click on title for more  

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