Calabaza En Tacha (Mexican Candied Pumpkin)

Traditional prepared in Mexico for the Day of the Dead, Calabaza en Tacha or candied pumpkin is the perfect fall season treat. Pumpkin slices are slowly simmer in a caramelized dark sugar syrup.

It’s Food ‘n Flix time again! In this monthly group a host picks a movie of their choice that pertains to food. Everyone watches the movie and then makes a recipe which the film inspired. It can be any recipe you want. This month’s pick is hosted by Debra at Eliot’s Eats and she took us on an artistic trip for the senses with the movie Frida! In honor of Frida for the upcoming Dia de Los Muertos, and just as perfect for a Halloween treat, I made Candied Pumpkin slices.

candied pumpkin

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10 Latin Recipes with Estilo (Flair)

As this post goes live I will be on a South American cruise holiday! Very exciting! Boat is leaving and arriving in Montego Bay, Jamaica and we have stops in Colombia, Panama and Costa Rica. Cannot wait to tell you all about it when I get back. In the mean time I am leaving you with 10 Latin Recipes with lots of flair!

Fan of the show Mad Men? Can you believe this series is about to end? Enter my The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook Giveaway now! It would be such a great memento to keep. And you could be mixing your own Old Fashion cocktail or bake like a 1960s housewife in no time!

Now onto the Latin Recipes! Some of these posts and pictures are old, don’t judge lol.

Caribbean Rum Cake with Coconut
Perhaps one of the best cakes I have ever tasted in my life. Just soaking in rum!

Caribbean Rum Cake with Coconut

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Like Water for Cold Mexican Hot Chocolate

It’s Food ‘n Flix time again! In this monthly group a host picks a movie of their choice that pertains to food. Everyone watches the movie and then makes a recipe which the film inspired. It can be any recipe you want. This month’s pick is hosted by The Law Student’s Cookbook. She picked Like Water for Chocolate, a book I read eons ago but had not seen the movie.

For this challenge I decided to make a Cold Mexican Hot Chocolate. Cold because it is freaking hot this summer! And calling it hot chocolate is a bit of a stretch. I took the basic ingredients used to make Mexican Chocolate but I brewed it like coffee and is dairy-free. Interesting twist no?

Cold Mexican Hot Chocolate

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Savory Truffle Mini Taco Shooter

I do enjoy a nice occasional taco. But I have to say it is not something I grew up with so I often do not think of making or ordering tacos. In Montreal there are not tons of Mexican restaurants and the ones we do have tend to be fancier than faster(er) food fare. So why would I order a taco if I can try something elaborate. This was the thought process that went on in my head after reading July’s Creative Cooking Crew challenge: Tacos, make it your own … take it someplace it’s never been!

I wanted to make something that was not a taco in a traditional meal setting and I was fine if it did not contain all the usual standard ingredients. But I did want to play with a taco concept and highlight a few typical Mexican ingredients. After a lot of brainstorming I settled on this Savory Truffle Mini Taco Shooter creation.

Savory Truffle Mini Taco Shooter CEE

tomato mezcal cocoa shot glass

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The Liver Experiment Week 6: Spiced Chicken Liver Tacos with Mole Sauce

Welcome to the 6th installment of The Liver Experiment where I will try to acquire a taste for liver. Over a 10 week period I will cook, consume and post my experience once a week about trying to appreciate my food nemesis. I hope my experiment will inspire you to try the same with your own personal food nemesis. And even if you are determined to hate liver for life I hope you will follow along throughout the whole series.

I seem to have assumed a second challenge too. When you search online for ‘liver recipes’, overall the results are not pretty. So it has been a challenge to find varied and visually appetizing recipes. So far I have made French, Indian, Austrian and Middle-Eastern prettier recipes. This week is no exception with a Mexican dish: Spiced Chicken Liver Tacos with Mole Sauce. Doesn’t a pretty taco look more appealing then a blob of plain cooked liver strips in a plate?

 taco with mole sauce

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Huevos Rancheros with a Roasted Tomato Salsa

—-Sorry I have been MIA. Was planning on catching up on comments this weekend following a crazy week…and then Saturday I had a minor flooding issues and had to evacutate my place as 7 industrial fans dry up my place. So I’ll be back to commenting asap! —-

Way before this blog, way before I realised where my passion for ethnic food would take me, I bought a Mexican cookbook like 20 years ago, ironically from an Australian publication house!?!? I was really excited about cooking up some Latin flavors but I got discouraged rather fast once I really flipped through the pages. All the recipes had the craziest and longest list of ingredients. There were so many elaborate steps. I think I never actually made a single recipe in the end.

So I shyed away from making Mexican food for so long. Now I know better. There are very simple recipes that are absolutely bursting with flavor. Take for example the humble Huevos Rancheros with Roasted Tomato Salsa dish.

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Carnitas: the Mexican pulled pork

I will keep this post short today. And I will share with you something kinda private because writing and chatting about it is therapeutic. Yesterday my father had heart surgery. It was scheduled since last fall so not due to any emergency but still it is a nerve racking experience. It felt like one of the longest days of my life, waiting for hours on end to get post operation news and to see him awake.

The surgery went very well and as of 3pm today he was taken out of ICU and is back in a regular room. He is good, tired but in much less pain than he had expected. We are all so relieved and we expect a nice recovery.

But let’s get to some food now. How about a little carnitas?

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