What do you look for in recipes? Do you always go for easy and familiar or are you also open to venture on original and unfamiliar territories? If you are, you have come to the right place.

Meal times at my parents house were always sacred, the time where the family got reunited after a long day at school or work and talked. Also the time when my mother fed us yet another delicious meal.

My mother always cooked and we were taught to try everything before we could say we didn’t like it. Food was varied and she was known for being able to create a dish in just a few minutes. She was an amazing cook but never taught any of us how to cook. Whatever my sisters and I are able to do, is self-taught and also comes from watching her do her magic in the kitchen.

My cooking is as eclectic as my constant search for new smells and new spices. Everyday I force myself to cook something different from my vast collection of cooking books and other sources. I may cook Portuguese for lunch and Middle Eastern (since I lived there) for dinner, meaty or vegetarian. At the moment, I’m also exploring a lot of Mexican and discovering new flavours and exciting chefs. I want to show you how Mexican food is so much more than Burritos and Tacos. Whenever possible some of the recipes will be connected to the place of their origin and my experience there. I also have my own variations on different dishes and salads. Feel very welcome to explore my Recipes page and venture on flavours that you may not be so familiar with. I always welcome comments and questions if you have any.



Welcome! If you love travel and photography and are looking for new places to explore, this is the right place for you! And of course a person gotta eat so why not follow in my footsteps, visit some exotic markets, get inspired and enjoy original and healthy recipes from my extensive collection of cookbooks.


  • Gloria Jefferies says:

    I am so glad to have access to your blog. It is so good! I enjoy your recipes as much as your comments on places you have been as your experiences on interesting sites you have visited. It is not only to follow a recipe from someplace or somebody… it is to get the feelings and perception that you communicate that makes a difference. As a Mexican who grow up in Mexico City and now since 30 year ago living in USA, I commend your efforts that give us such a treat. Thank you, Maria!
    p.s Loved the inputs about your family and your Mexican new family.

    • Maria says:

      Dear Gloria, You’ve touched me deeply with your words. One of the reasons I wanted to do this blog was to show people the real Mexico so that they would understand a bit of the Mexican soul, flavours, culture and traditions. That you as a Mexican would give me such approval makes me very happy. Thank you!

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