Blood Bread

Blood Bread, I have heard or known (won’t say which), is sometimes served with a meat “sacrifice” — so that to mean, your best cut of beef/steak, your best bird, your best pork cut, also of course, your best lamb cut. I would suggest I’ve seen this with the best of filet mignon. And the table is quite done up. (But seriously, I forget the rest of the service. I think I eat too much. Or have in the past.) Activities at this table, or just before the table, could be dedicated solemnities, of course, for those we know who have passed, or else, for spiritual matters and matter of heavy conscience. Or also to send some glory into the spiritual world of beasts.

Blood Bread


Quintessentially autumnal: butternut squash jam – Juls’ Kitchen

So you also know and can be sure, that when Halloween gift giving comes around — oh sometime between now and the end of the Day of the Dead celebrations to altars we don’t even see — jams are a perfect gift! I would so love to see this on my Halloween card table. (I’ll bet nobody knows about the traditional gift-giving Halloween card table. Well! It doesn’t have to be an actual card table. It can just be a table of any kind that is set aside for the organization of gifting — you can set it up any way you want you know. It represents an altar … you know, for all the Hallowed … spirits.)

Just getting into the spirit.


Quintessentially autumnal: butternut squash jam – Juls’ Kitchen

Olive Oil Visiting Cake

About Eating

IMG_2846Today when Matt Swaim on the Sonrise Morning Show and I chatted about olives I mentioned that, during Bible times, olive trees were so prolific that they turned up in various places in the Bible. (Think of Jesus in the Agony in the Garden on the Mount of Olives).  In fact, olives were not only used as food but the oil was used in bread and other items, and olive oil drizzled on bread was as popular then as it is today.

When we were kids, Mom used olive oil in cooking and as medicine. An ear ache was quickly soothed by warm olive oil dropped gently in the ear.

So I thought this recipe for visiting cake was appropriate. Whether you need a simple cake to tote or to enjoy with family and friends around the kitchen table, this cake is for you.

Cake Ingredients:
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Mashed Potato Patties with Cheese and Onion – XO&So

So! You actually thought you were getting a lot of sweets and candy for Halloween? You actually thought you were getting chocolates and candy for Halloween? You actually thought you were bringing home a sack of candy for Halloween? Well, you didn’t. You brought home a sack of potatoes and a red wagon filled with vegetables. You actually got a lot of potatoes and onions and green beans and canned vegetables and beans of all kinds and dried soups and sacks and sacks of green things that will make you never want to see green again! And no chocolate — except a little bit of baker’s chocolate you can’t even enjoy! And flour and sugar that will make your teeth rot! And rotten cheese — I mean they call it curds!

Happy Halloween!



Mashed Potato Patties with Cheese and Onion – XO&So

Pumpkin in Syrup – A Sweet Offering for the Day of the Dead

My Slice of Mexico

In pre-Hispanic times, the Mexica commemorated the dead during their summer months around July and August; the offerings included elements of Nature, such as fire, flowers, and part of the harvest, which in those regions of Central and Southern Mexico consisted of chili (today known around the world as: chiles, chilli, capsicum, paprika, peppers, guindilla, etc.) as well as corn, beans and squash (the well-known “three sisters” crops, all native to the Americas).  Mictēcacihuātl, also known as “The Lady of the Dead”, was the female deity of the Mexica pantheon dedicated to guard the bones of the deceased in the underworld; she was said to come to the dimension of the living during this time.  With the arrival of the Catholic church not long after the Spanish conquest,  the angst provoked by these ancient rituals was placated with great success – during the native population’s conversion process – when combined…

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Pan de Yema – A Day of the Dead Bread from Oaxaca

My Slice of Mexico

In my previous post, I re-published a recipe from last year for a Day of the Dead bread, popular in Mexico City and in contemporary bakeries around the country, citing conflicting versions of how and when this bread was created. This year, I am making a bread from the Mexican state of Oaxaca, which is really baked all year round, but decorated in a very special way for the Day of the Dead (observed on November 2.)  All wheat-based bread in Mexico has a clear Spanish or French influence, and this particular one can be traced to Spanish recipes, which some families have been using in Oaxaca for several generationsPan de yema translates as “yolk bread”, an apt name since a batch contains several eggs and a few extra yolks, giving them their characteristic flaky texture and slightly yellow tone.

Yolk Bread – Pan de yema

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