Showing posts with label Food. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Food. Show all posts




Mexico is well known for the vast variety of what we call Pan Dulce (Sweet Bread). Sweet Bread is sold in Panaderías around the country and it is cheap. Although some breads can be found everywhere in Mexico, other breads can only be found in specific regions.

We love to eat Sweet Bread in the morning with breakfast, or as a merienda or light early supper. We drink coffee, lechero coffee (latte), hot chocolate or atole (cornmeal hot mexican drink) with Sweet Bread.

When I came to live in Cancun, in 1991, I missed some food from my home town (Mexico City). Cancun was a small city, I would say a big town, and I couldn't find everything at the supermarket. These days, there are a few things or foods from other regions we don't have.

I still miss Garibaldis from El Globo. I've read they were the inventors of Garibaldis, but, I love the story from the cookbook where I got the recipe, and that is the one I will narrate.

Plaza Garibaldi is home to world famous Mariachi. According to this story, Garibaldis were sold in the proximity of the Plaza, as a merienda for singers and visitors.

My son, insisted we baked Garibaldis in a loaf pan. I liked how it looks, but you can bake individual breads or one loaf as we did.



Mexico es conocido por la enorme variedad de lo que nosotros llamamos Pan Dulce. El Pan Dulce se vende en Panaderías por todo el país, y es barato. Aunque hay algunos panes que encontramos en todo México, hay otros que solo se encuentran en regiones específicas.

Nos gusta comerlo por la mañana con el desayuno, o en la merienda o cena ligera. Cuando comemos Pan Dulce, lo tomamos acompañado con café, café con leche o lechero, chocolate caliente o atole.

Cuando llegué a vivir a Cancun, en 1991, extrañaba alguna de la comida de la Ciudad de Mexico, que es dónde vivía. Cancún en ese tiempo era una ciudad pequeña, o un pueblo grande, y no siempre encontraba todo en el supermercado. Ahora, hay pocas cosas o comida de otras regiones que no tengamos.

Todavía extraño los Garibaldis de El Globo. He leído que ellos fueron los que inventaron los Garibaldis, pero a mi me encanta la historia que relatan en el libro de cocina del que saqué la receta, y es la que les voy a contar.

La Plaza Garibaldi es la casa del famoso Mariachi. De acuerdo a la historia, en las cercanías de la Plaza, se vendían los Garibaldis para cantantes y visitantes.

Mi hijo insistió en que hornearamos los Garibaldis en un molde de pan. Me gustó como se ve, tu puedes hornear los panes individuales o un pan, como hicimos nosotros.



sushi cake

Sushi Cake ~ Pastel de Sushi
Sushi Cake is a favorite in my family and among my children's friends. I think it has to do with it being served cold. This recipe is based on California Roll, and I first tasted this cake about 10 years ago, but couldn't find the recipe. My cousin explained how to do it, but I am kind of a step by step cook, so when I got the exact amounts wrote it down... here it is! ~  El Pastel de Sushi es un favorito de mi familia y de los amigos de mis hijos. Creo que se debe a que se sirve frío. Esta receta esta basada en los Rollos California, y probé este pastel por primera vez hace como 10 años, pero no encontré la receta. Mi prima me explicó como hacerlo, pero yo soy una cocinera que le gusta seguir las cosas paso a paso, así que cuando llegué a las medidas exactas lo escribí... aqui está!

Ingredients ~ Ingredientes
Have ingredients and ring pan ready before layering the cake. ~ Ten listos los ingredientes y el molde antes de empezar a formar el pastel.

Plastic wrap covered pan ~ Molde cubierto de papel para envolver

Guillermo (Guille), my son, helped me this time... He was a great chef and model ;) ~ Mi hijo,  Guillermo (Guille) me ayudó está vez... Fue un gran chef y modelo ;)

Wet hands for sticky rice ~ Mójate las manos para el arroz pegajoso

Everytime you finish adding a rice layer, firmly press to the bottom so that it will be compact and will not crumble when cut. ~ Cada vez que agruegues una capa de arroz, presiona al fondo para que se compacte y no se deshaga cuando lo cortes.

Press rice to the bottom ~ Presiona el arroz al fondo
Spread avocado, and clean the sides. ~ Unta el aguacate, y limpia los costados.

I love Avocado ~ Me encanta el Aguacate
Nori sheets can be toasted to add flavor. ~ Las hojas de Alga Nori pueden tostarse para añadir sabor.

Guille is a fast learner ~ Guille aprende rápido
 Cucumber is next, make sure you cover all the Nori ~ Sigue el Pepino, asegúrate que cubras toda la Alga Nori

Seedless cucumber ~ Pepino sin semillas
More rice... ~ Más arroz...

Don't forget to press firmly and wet your hands ~ No se te olvide presionar al fondo y mojar tus manos
For best results, have Cream Cheese at room temperature. ~ Para mejores resultados, ten el Queso Crema a temperatura ambiente.

This is looking good, Guille! ~ Esto se ve bueno, Guille!
More Nori... don't you love those things?? ~ Más Alga Nori... no te encantan esas cositas??

Cut Nori sheets with scissors ~ Corta las Algas Nori con tijeras
If you don't like Surimi (Imitation Crab) you can use cooked Shrimp, smoked Salmon or whatever you like... ~  Si no te gusta el Surimi (Imitación Cangrejo) puedes usar Camarón cocido, Salmón ahumado o lo que más te guste...

Surimi layer ~ La capa de Surimi
Last Rice layer ~ Ultima capa de Arroz

Press firmly! ~ Presiona firmemente!

Press... ~ Presiona...
Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate... you can press again, I've seen chefs in Sushi Bars press rice, so it's OK to do so... ~ Envuelve con el plástico para envolver y refrigera... puedes presionar otra vez., he visto a los chefs en las Barras de Sushi hacerlo, así que está bien si lo haces...

Thanks for your help, Guille! ~ Gracias por tu ayuda, Guille!

Sushi Cake English

Pastel de Sushi Español
Don't forget to sprinkle with Sesame Seeds before serving! ~ No se te olvide espolvorear con Semillas de Ajonjolí antes de servir!

Sushi Cake ~ Pastel de Sushi


queso de bola

Queso de Bola or Edam Cheese is said to have reached the Yucatan Peninsula when a boat headed to the Netherlands Antilles faced a storm near the Yucatan Canal and was forced to pull in. That boat carried, among many other goods, non perishable food such as canned butter and edam cheese.

Queso de Bola, made it's way to Yucatan's kitchen, full of flavor and condiments, and became a favorite ingredient to many delicious dishes...

Queso Relleno
A hole is made on top of the Queso de Bola Cheese... the carved cheese shavings are used as garnishing in soups, on top of refried beans... and the "shell" is filled with ground pork meat cooked with tomato, olives, garlic, onions... two sauces are served with this dish: kol (made with broth) and tomato sauce...

These are sold in the afternoons at parks, sidewalks and corners and across from church on Sundays... they are made at the moment, with a huge waffle style press... it is basically a large icecream cone textured tortilla, filled with shredded Queso de Bola, and rolled... my family loves Marquesitas!!! Fillings are changing a little now, and you can find Nutella, Dulce de Leche, Sweetened Condensed Milk, Strawberries and more... I love Queso de Bola, so I always ask for it...

Pastel de Queso de Bola
Now this is a cake to die for!! Queso de Bola Cake... I had my first slice 6-7 years ago at my cousin's D. birthday... she is from Merida and her family brought that cake for her party... I fell in love with it!! But having it for a party was not easy, as Merida is 3 hours from Cancun... Then I got the recipe and it is a favorite among my family and friends...
It is made with vanilla cake, filled with Queso de Bola cream (it resembles Pastry Cream), and covered with Lime Meringue... love the sweet-tart-cheesy flavor of this cake...
Queso de Bola is part of the flavors in the Yucatan Peninsula...
*Photos from the web, except Queso de Bola Cake


mmm... I mean hummus

Image source: Wikipedia

I love Hummus... my husband loves Hummus... my children love Hummus... Mom loves Hummus... my brothers love Hummus... We ALL love Hummus... so I used to buy Hummus from a local lebanese restaurant, but then it was sometimes great, sometimes not so good, and sometimes not good at all... I asked Y., my aunt, (her in-laws are from Lebanon) if she knew how to make Hummus, well she didn't but she got the recipe for me...

Let me tell you a bit about Hummus:
  • Hummus means chickpeas... simple, isn't it?
  • It is one of the oldest known prepared foods
  • It is widely eaten in the Mediterranean and Middle East
  • When prepared with Tahini (sesame spread), it is named Hummus bi Tahina
Hummus Bi Tahina


piñon de carne

Piñón de Carne

My mother in law shared this recipe... it is from my husband's grandmother, born in Costa Rica. Some people have told me that this plantain "lasagna", is from Puerto Rico, and that they just name it Piñón... so, from Costa Rica or Puerto Rico, Piñón is ricoooo (good)!!

Meat Piñón

I love Piñon, because it can be made ahead, and the flavor combination is one of my favorites...


Mi suegra compartió conmigo esta receta... es de la abuela de mi esposo, que nació en Costa Rica. Algunas personas me han dicho que esta especie de lasaña de plátano macho es de Puerto Rico, en donde la llaman simplemente Piñón... sea de Costa Rica o de Puerto Rico, el Piñón es ricoooo!!!

Piñón de Carne

Me encanta el Piñón porque puede hacerse con anticipación y la combinación de sabores es una de mis favoritas...


i yam what i yam...

Popeye the Sailor's diet consists mainly on spinach... spinach (and many fruits, veggies and legumes) are not children favorites... so la Nena, my grandmother, (or maybe her mother) came up with the idea of these Open Spinach Sandwiches, really simple to make:

Open Spinach Sandwiches

My children love them!
Open Spinach Sandwiches

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