Cape Malay Lamb Curry

Cape Malay Lamb Curry

South Africa is a blend of cultures. Over centuries of colonization and immigration, the indigenous cultures were influenced by Europeans from the Netherlands, Germany, France, Portugal, and Great Britain. Europeans, in turn, brought slaves from Asia, including India, Malaysia, and Indonesia, which also had a unique influence on the culture. Each population brought their own … Read more

Cheese Stuffed Albondigas in Tomato Chipotle Sauce

Cheese Stuffed Albondigas in Tomato Chipotle Broth

Meatballs, or albondigas in Spanish, are a favorite comfort food in almost ever culture. This version is a recipe adapted from a friend in Mexico, who makes them at the request of her family at least once a month. After preparing them together with her in our kitchen in Playa del Carmen, we can understand … Read more

Green and Red Chicken Enchiladas

Red and Green Chicken Enchiladas

One of my favorite things about eating at restaurants while traveling trough Mexico is being offered several types of salsas. After being seated a variety of salsas are often placed on the table, and they can widely depending on the region. Each sauce has a different level of heat and complexity that can completely change the … Read more

Perfect Italian Meatballs

Perfect Italian Meatballs

There’s really nothing more delicious and homey than a plate full of spaghetti topped with homemade meatballs and sauce. We’ve been making meatballs this way for years, inspired by the secret recipe of a family of Italian chefs we met in San Diego. Of course, we’ve made our own modifications over time. The real secret for moist, … Read more

Chorizo Cheese and Egg Stuffed Potato

Chorizo Egg Stuffed Potato

During a recent visit to Mexico I found my new guilty pleasure – Chorizo sausage and cheese stuffed potatoes. While my husband drooled over street tacos and grilled meat I only had eyes for the potato. So one morning I decided to turn my new obsession into brunch – that way I didn’t have to … Read more

Beef, Chorizo and Guacamole Sliders

Beef and Chorizo Sliders

Looking for a change from your typical everyday cheeseburger? Adding chorizo (spicy sausage) takes the flavor of an average burger to a whole new level. There are several varieties of chorizo to choose from, such as smoked Spanish-style sausage made with paprika or spicy Mexican-style sausage spiked with chili peppers. The consistency of the chorizo … Read more

Cochinita Pibil – Yucatan Slow Cooked Pork

Cochinita pibil, also known as puerco pibil or cochinita con achiote, is a traditional slow cooked pork dish from the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. While it is available in many restaurants, the best cochinita is often found in small street stands throughout Yucatan cities. Due to the long cooking time of the dish, stands will … Read more

Chicken Enchilada Soup

Chicken Enchilada Soup Recipe

Chicken Enchilada is one of my favorite soup recipes for a few reasons. A nice basic vegetable and chicken soup is nice, but add to that a little bit of spice, a thicker consistency with the addition of corn flour (masa harina), and a good dose of cheese. The soup just gets better by piling … Read more

Chilaquiles with Black Beans and Eggs

Egg Chilaquiles with Black Beans

When I first heard about Mexican Chilaquiles, I wasn’t so sure about them. A breakfast food made with tortilla chips and eggs, like breakfast nachos, could be either amazing or a complete disaster. As it turns out, they are delicious and are now one of my favorite brunch dishes. The tortilla chips become slightly softened … Read more

Barbecue Chicken with Pineapple and Chipotle Sauce

I’m always looking for new recipes for chicken. This baked and then grilled bone-in chicken recipe with a sweet and spicy barbecue sauce is a winner! The chipotle peppers in adobo sauce give the barbecue sauce a slightly smoky flavor and a kick of spice. The flavor is rounded out with sweet fresh pineapples joined … Read more