Anyone visiting the Guatemalan highlands can delight in seeing the beautiful traje indigena (traditional Maya clothing). Some basic elements of the traditional dress are the huipil (blouse), corte/refago (skirt), and paz (belt). The styles, patterns and colours used to make these garments are unique to each village and the Maya women of the highlands proudly wear huipilies and cortes everyday.
This bright and refreshing Nouveau Mexican salad features grilled pineapple and jalapeños mixed with fresh mango and avocado and then tossed in a cilantro lime vinaigrette. The warm sweet heat of the pineapple and jalapeños, cooled by the mango and avocado, is a match made in heaven. You can serve this as an accompaniment to your favourite tacos, or make it star of the show by serving it with grilled chicken or fish.
Mexican Street Corn, or Elotes, consists of roasted corn cobs that have been slathered in crema then topped in spices. Though it’s a popular street food that’s usually sold by cart vendors in Mexico, I actually got my first taste of this delicious treat at one of my favourite Toronto eateries Chadwicks Craft Kitchen.
This recipe for Moroccan Kale Salad has been a favourite of mine for ages and it just so happens to be perfect for making the most of the abundant supply of cherry tomatoes, mint, kale and cilantro that I currently have on hand in the garden.
With summer quickly drawing to a close, I can't help but look out at my herb garden with melancholy, knowing that soon I won't have the luxury of popping out to the deck when I need some fresh flavours (anybody with me??).