Monthly Archives: June 2014


Guacamole recipe…
4 ripe avocados roughly chopped, 2 shallots finely chopped , 2 crushed cloves garlic, juice of 1 lime, 1cup tomatoes chopped, fresh coriander, fresh mint leaves, 1 or 2 jalapeños, salt, pepper.
Serve with tortilla chips and a cold corona. Summer dinner and no need for plates.

Talavera dish available at


Caoba Eats

Watching the World Cup is hungry work. The Caoba team sustain themselves with chillies all year round of course, but during intensive tv-watching sessions it is important to have food to hand without having to break screen/eye contact. Last night’s Mexico v Brazil match was one of those moments. Luckily our Caoba Chilli Wrap, prepared just before kick-off, fended off the hunger pangs as effectively as Guillermo Ochoa fended off that Brazillian header.

Caoba Chilli Wraps

Caoba Chilli Wraps in 4 steps

1. Make a chilli: steak mince, chopped onion, garlic, tinned tomatoes, chipotle chillies, hot paprika, ground cumin, a tiny touch of cinnamon, oregano, salt and pepper. Cook about 1 hour.
2. Cut corn or flour wraps in half and fold into a pocket. Fill with the warm chilli mix.
3. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a frying pan and place the wraps with the seam facing down in for a few minutes each side until they are golden brown.
4. Serve with salad, avocado, sour cream, and a squeeze of fresh lime. And a cold beer.



Quite Interesting

What do Wellington boots and Caoba’s new espresso cups have in common? They both owe their origins to the Spanish city of Talavera de la Reina in the province of Toledo.

Talavera Espresso cups

Talavera Espresso cups at Caoba

Mexican Talavera is a brightly decorated, tin-glazed terracotta in the style of maiolica. At the time of the Spanish conquest of Mexico, maiolica ceramics were at the height of their fashion across Europe, particularly in Italy and Spain. It was inevitable that examples would make their way to the New World and that they would in turn be recreated by local artisans and subsequently evolve into the glorious, uniquely Mexican Talavera.

Talavera storage jars

Talavera storage jars

Talavera is defined by its white, tin oxide base, glazed over terracotta, with distinctive bright colours and raised surface detail. The vibrant floral decorations often have an arabesque quality to them, harking back to the Hispano-Moorish traditions that first inspired them. The cups are just one example of new editions to our Mexican Talavera collection. Dishwasher safe, perfect for hot drinks and serving food from (but not oven-proof).

… And the boots? Sir Arthur Wellesley was ennobled as Viscount Wellington, the Duke of Wellington his victory against the French at the 1809 Battle of Talavera. How he came to have rubber footwear name after him is a story for a different blog.