The language of the indigenous people that Spaniards met for the first time in the grand city of Tenotichlan may seem very remote from your experience. I think you’ll be surprised how many words, especially food vocabulary you already know. Many of the world’s favorite foods come from Mixteca (Aztec) culture, see the chart below. […]Read more
Before 1500: What Did Europeans Eat?
I guess it was turnips, wheat, barley, rye, eggs, onions and apples. Slight exaggeration perhaps, but the foods we often associate with Europe were developed elsewhere. What would Spanish and Italian food be without tomatoes? The foods the Native agricultural geniuses of the Americas shared with Europeans were worth more than any treasure. Check out […]Read more
Happy Thanksgiving, Dear Readers!
My gratitude for this great year communicating with you. I enjoy our conversations in the comments and what you teach me in your posts. I appreciate your unique way of looking at the world. By the time you read this, my cooking journey will have begun; gathering ingredients, making the quinoa stuffing, priming the oven. […]Read more
Maybe Just a Nibble Before Lunch
I was rinsing organic chard before adding it to a quesadilla for Eagle’s lunch. As I patted the leaves dry, I saw something had dropped into the sink. A gray dot. I looked again and it began to stretch out. The tiny horns of the one cm long Gastropod mollusk emerged. Even though they took […]Read more
Are You Ready, Pumpkin Eaters?
I like autumn holidays, especially when pumpkins are involved. This year’s pumpkin vines have produced the most calabazas ever. I credit the abundance to Eagle’s weeding and watering the vegetables this summer. May all your pies be pumpkin. ¡Olé! -Rebecca PS Pumpkin eaters is a term of endearment in our family. -R This post is […]Read more
Plant Cage to Keep Creatures Out?
Yesterday morning Eagle went to weed the vegetable garden. What they found was quite a surprise. The weeds were the usual suspects. What was moving inside the plant cages was new. We use the cloches to keep rabbits, squirrels and chipmunks away from our seedlings. This visitor was not a mammal, and was on the […]Read more