Friday, October 29, 2010

Cinema, Cuisine and Cocktail : "Frida"

This upcoming Tuesday November 2nd will be Los Día de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead). The holiday, which is celebrated by many in Mexico and by some Mexican Americans living in the United States and Canada, is to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died.

I've learn in my research that the holiday was a favorite of Frida Kahlo. I've loved Frida for many many years (since I was a child and I saw one of her paintings at a museum once), so I can't think of another way to celebrate Los Día de los Muertos than to watch "Frida", drink some tequila and enjoy some yummy yummy Mexican food... making sure I fix up an extra plate for Frida and Diego!!!

Chicken Escabeche

Recipe Courtesy of Group Recipes


6- boneless, skinless chicken breast
1- cup white wine vinegar
2 medium onions cut in half
3 carrots
1 celery stalk
1 bay leaf
1 sprig freah thyme
1 sprig fresh oregano
salt and pepper to taste

For the Sauce:
2 - onions , peeled and sliced
5 -carrots , peeled and sliced
10- garlic cloves
1/2-1 cup- olive oil
3 -bay leaves
4 - sprigs fresh oregano
3 - sprigs fresh thyme
2- cups white wine vinegar
1/2 - cup water
How to make it


Combine the chicken breasts with the 1 cup vinegar, 2 medium onions, 3 carrots, celery stalk, bay leaf, thyme, oregano, salt and pepper.
add water to cover and cook until nearly tender.
while the chicken is cooking , make the sauce;
saute the onions, carrots, and garlic in the oil until the onion is translucent.
add the herbs and saute a minute longer.
add the vinegar and water and simmer for 10 minutes
when chicken is cooked through, remove from the cooking liquid and discard the liquid.
add the chicken to the sauce, bring to a boil, and simmer for 5 minutes.
remove from the heat and let the chicken in the sauce cool a bit before serving. Can be served warm (with rice)or cold (with salad).

Calaveras De Dulces ( Mexican Sugar Skulls)

Recipe Courtesy of


1 egg white (essential for hardening of the sugar)
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup light corn syrup
7 cups confectioners' sugar
2 cups cornstarch
vanilla extract or anise extract or cinnamon extract (if you plan on eating these - optional)
food coloring


1 You will also need candies, for decorating the eyes.
2 Combine the egg white and water until foamy.
3 Add extract (if using) and corn syrup.
4 Add confectioners sugar; you'll end up having to use your hands to incorporate all of it.
5 Sprinkle 1 cup of the cornstarch on a work surface and knead the sugar paste in the cornstarch until it's smooth.
6 Form a ball and wrap it up tightly in plastic wrap; chill in the refrigerator for a couple of hours.
7 Pinch off some of the sugar paste to use with food coloring for decorations.
8 With the rest of the paste you should have enough for about 8 skulls; they don't have to be very big, less than the size of a small fist.
9 Sculpt the piece of sugar paste into a skull shape, smoothing the surface as you go and forming eye sockets, etc.
10 (You can find some really good examples on various sites on the internet--).
11 You'll find that the paste gets softer and softer the warmer it gets-- if it sticks too much, add more cornstarch.
12 Add food colors (and extracts, if using) to the sugar paste that you set aside; generally the brighter the colors the better.
13 If you wish, you can add enough water to form more of an icing and it can be squeezed onto the skulls, if not, forming decorations by hand is okay, too.
14 The skulls are generally"cheery" looking and colorful, not particularly scary.
15 Finish by using candies in the eye sockets.
16 Now your skull is ready to dry.
17 Simply let it sit out in a dry, warm place for a few hours or up to a couple of days based on weather conditions.
18 When dry, it's ready to display.

Frida and Diego's Love Potion

Recipe Courtesy of Darboven Trading

1 part Frida Kahlo Tequila Blanco
1 part limoncello lemon liqueur
1 part champagne

Add ingredients in a lowball glass with ice. Garnish with mint and enjoy!

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