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Talavera ceramics in Puebla, Mexico

See that up there? Yeah, the beautiful blue and white ceramic tiles? The ones I WISH I had enough of to tile our being-renovated-as-I-type-this-bathroom (thanks Neil for being there to supervise!)? Well those seemingly ubiquitous “Mexican tiles” are much more unique than I realised – being Talavera pieces.   Talavera is a distinct type of […]

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French Fridays with Dorie: Corn pancakes

It’s going to be a short and sweet French Fridays with Dorie this week. I made this week’s recipe – Corn Pancakes (p 337) – ages ago as a quick dinner that I served with a salad.  An interesting recipe with just eggs, flour and corn, I wasn’t sure how they would turn out and […]

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Mole made simple with Chef Alonso Hernández at Mesón Sacristía de la Compañía

Mole (pron: molé). Apparently it’s acceptable to eat this for breakfast, lunch and dinner if my recent trip to Puebla, Mexico is to be believed  Whether it’s served over chilaquiles for breakfast, or over chicken for lunch or dinner, mole poblano, the dark chocolately-brown sauce is most definitely ubiquitous on Poblano menus. The history of […]

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Mactweets go to France

This month’s Mactweets theme is vacation macarons. So since I am leaving today for nearly 7 weeks in France, I felt it my duty to make “macarons bleu, blanc et rouge” in homage to the French flag!  And, whilst I am not technically on vacation in Paris (I’ll be doing some recipe development, teaching some […]

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On following recipes….

I’ve been in Mexico for five days, exploring Puebla with the Mexican Tourism Board. You know, Puebla, the home of mole poblano. And other delicious treats like chulupas, chilaquiles, sopa poblana, cemitas and cremitas (don’t worry you’ll find out more soon!). In any case, it’s quite fitting that this month’s Kitchen Bootcamp challenge was salads […]

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French Fridays with Dorie: David’s seaweed sablés

This week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe (David’s seaweed sablés, p 14) was a surprise hit. Knowing it was a David Lebovitz recipe adapted by Dorie, I had no doubt the recipe would work, but just wasn’t sure about the combination of the sweet and salty with seaweed. In a shortbread cookie.  I mean, I […]

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