Monthly Archives: January 2013

Mexican Tiles

The Mexican tile is a marvelous design element.  Physically, it’s durable, fire resistant and non toxic.  It does not fade or peel and survive heat, cold and damp.  They easily create a visual impact and at a reasonable cost.  A single tile may be used as a decorative coaster or to accent a wall or bathrooms can be covered in tiles.  Mexican tiles offer an array of design options for both home and garden.

Size: 10.5×10.5cmsThere may be slight variations in the size and colour.

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Chilli Blanco Recipe

Thanks to Katharine Proudfoot for this very tasty recipe.

Chilli Blanco

chilli blanco

Ingredients

1 ½ cups chicken stock

30 oz can of white beans

1 Tbs oil

3 garlic cloves minced or chopped finely

2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into 1 inch cubes

1 medium sweet onion

2 to 3 tablespoons salsa verde

16 oz white corn (frozen or tinned – can use yellow corn)

1 tsp cumin

½ tsp oregano

½ cup chopped fresh coriander

Juice of 1 lime

Method

Sauté onions and garlic in a large pot until golden. Add diced chicken and sauté until light brown. Stir beans into pot along with taco sauce, corn, herbs, spices. stock and oregano. Simmer for 20 minutes, Just before serving add coriander and lime juice.

Serving suggestion: garnish with grated cheese, spring onions, or chunks of avocado.

Papel Picado … Mexican paper decorations, party banners

Papel picado literally means ‘punched’ or ‘perforated’ paper. 

Most of the outdoor celebrations seen throughout Mexico are decorated using papel picado, or pierced paper. Panels of intricately pierced tissue paper are threaded on long strands of string, and hung in villages between rooftops, across porches, and inside. Papel picado is a “must have” decoration for any Mexican themed party.  There are particular decorations for each celebrations from the day of the dead celebration, christmas, wedding, independence and many other fiestas.

Using straight pins, and metal chisels, the artisans carefully carve their designs into the paper, cutting away the unneeded portions to reveal their designs. Careful thought is given as to which portion of the paper should be removed, so that the deisgn is clear.

P1000317 P1000315 P1000273The best papel picado is found in Puebla, Mexico.  It can also be found at the caoba shop.

 

Mexican recycled glassware

Crafted of recycled glass, each piece is mouth blown and hand shaped by skilled artisans carrying on a centuries old tradition.
High-tech factory production methods have tried to imitate the techniques but none have captured the substance, warmth, individuality of shape, and the exquisite elegance of glass pieces made in this way.

The technique of making this unique glass is done by blowing through a pipe onto a molten glass mass. As the glassmaker blows he begins to mold the piece by continuously turning it around with the pipe. As the piece begins to cool it’s shaped as required while color is added to bring to life beautiful individual effects.
Many designs, such as small bubbles, splatters, colored swirls, confetti or pebble patterns can be produced.

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Confetti tumbler. Also available are some lovely wine glasses. Visit caoba to see more.

A lovely review of our store on spotted by locals

If you’re looking for that distinct item to top off a great present for someone special, or just a little something for yourself, you’re sure to get something that no one else will think of at Caoba.

Caoba specializes in Mexican items, mostly silver jewellery, tiles and ceramics, the pieces are handmade and will no doubt be very popular with whoever you buy them for.

The shop also sells authentic Mexican tinned food, so if you are looking for something to top off a Mexican food night, and you want something more authentic than the usual mass market Mexican food that you find in supermarkets, then you are sure to get something here that will go down a storm. A little while ago, a friend of mine had a Mexican themed birthday party, and had bought a lot of things from Caoba for it – things like pickled cactus (and you’d be amazed at how tasty cactus is!), green sauce, and mismatched tiles to use as coasters – and it really did go a long way to making the night into something very special.

Caoba has other small items, such as paper maché ornaments and some hilariously cute birthday cards. I like the Lucha Libre wrestling masks, but can’t think of any cause to have one! It’s definitely a place that I would recommend to buy someone a present from.

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Rey Mysterio Mexican Wrestler

Since debuting in the WWE over a decade ago, Rey Mysterio has had some of the most exciting and entertaining matches in history thanks to to his high-flying style inside the squared circle. From Undertaker to Alberto Del Rio, Mysterio has faced them all, except a few rising stars here and there.

Even some Superstars that he has already locked up with, they had such good matches with Mysterio that I wouldn’t mind seeing them once again. Mysterio is still in relative shape, so I’m confident that he can still deliver at the same pace he used to.

However, his numerous nagging injuries have since caught up with him. The Ultimate Underdog has undergone surgery quite a few times in recent years, which kept from actively competing in the ring for lengthy periods of time.

As his in-ring career slowly starts to wind down, there’s still a handful of competitors that I’m truly hoping he squares off with before he hangs it up for good. Mysterio has the ability to create chemistry with whoever his opponent may be, so these highly anticipated seven matches would be nothing short of amazing.

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Mexican Food: How to Make Fresh Tortillas.

  The best Mexican food recipes usually come with a basket of fresh tortillas. They are a world apart from the ones you buy in the supermarket and simple to make.

one: Place half cup masa harina and half cup of plain flour in a bowl and make a well in centre. Add half a cup of water to well, and stir with your fingers to form a dough. Knead the dough until soft like Play-Doh.

two: Cut two 7 inch circles out of a clean shopping bag. Put 1 circle on the bottom plate of a tortilla press. Pinch off a golf ball–size piece of dough, roll it into a ball, and place it in the center; top with second circle.

three: Cover with top plate of tortilla press, and press handle down to flatten dough. Open press; peel away plastic from tortilla. Immediately, place tortilla in a cast-iron skillet (frying pan) over medium heat.  Alternatively form a small ball then use rolling pin.

four: Cook until it begins to brown and blister on bottom. Flip tortilla; cook until lightly toasted on other side. Transfer to a towel-lined bowl; cover to keep warm. Repeat to make more tortillas.