Cochinita Pibil

It all started yesterday when we came across the achiote at Ley supermarket in Puerto Vallarta. This blend of achiote seeds and other spices adds a deep red colour and an earthy, peppery flavour to foods. Nothing else quite like it. Our attempt at making Cochinito Pibil was inspired by the genuine dish from Mexico’s…

Habanero pepper. Whole. (Optional)

Margaret squinted at the temperature readout. “It’s 85.3 degrees out there.” We were in Palm Desert, California, in our motorhome, vegging. (I’m still not quite sure how to spell that.) Having driven down from Canada less that a week ago, we were enjoying the warmth and sunshine, but the warm weather was still a bit…

Googling for Breakfast

Margaret and I were thinking about what to have for breakfast. We were hoping for a little inspiration. Today we wanted something other than the usual default choices. Nothing too wild and crazy, though. It was still morning and we were working our way through our wake-up coffee. I suggested oatmeal. Now that may not…

Making Salads Better

Romaine lettuce, tomato, green onion, and cucumber glistened on the cutting board. Amy was at the sink, grumbling, as she washed out the salad spinner. “Whoever used this last didn’t clean it. There are bits of dried salad stuck all over it.” Sometimes it’s a bumpy road to the perfect salad. “Dad, how do you…

Cookies and Cake

Some mothers are cookie makers. They always have fresh cookies in the cookie jar. Add a glass of milk and you’re in heaven. When I was growing up, my friend up the street had a mother like that. Boy, was his place ever popular with the neighborhood kids. My mother’s regular sweet specialty was a…