Mole Poblano

Jorge and I made Mole Poblano this week. Our guests all enjoyed the dish and asked me to blog the recipe. So here you have our version of this classic entree from the central Mexican state of Puebla…



(for 8 persons)

Place the following ingredients in a large pot and completely cover with water (about 3 quarts). Put on the lid and bring to the boil, then lower the heat and stew everything for 1/2 hour.

  • 2 chickens, cut into quarters, skin removed
  • ½ med. white onion, chopped coarsely
  • 4 whole cloves of garlic, skinned
  • 1 T. salt
  • 10 whole black pepper corns
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano

While the chicken is stewing, cook and char on a stove top griddle:

  • 1 lg. white onion
  • 1 lg. red pepper
  • 2 lg. Roma tomatoes

Cut the vegetables (charred skins and all) into large chunks and put them in the blender. Add:

  • 2 oz. of dark chocolate (La Abuelita)
  • 1/2  tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 T. chicken consommé powder (Maggi)
  • the contents of 2 jars (235g. each) of (DoñaMaria) mole paste.

When the chicken is cooked, remove the pieces and set them on a platter to cool for ½ hour – then remove the meat from the bones in as large pieces as possible. Set the chicken pieces to one side. Discard the bones.

Strain the broth, discard the onion and other bits, and then take out enough broth to cover the ingredients in the blender. Process until smooth. If your blender’s glass is not a large one, do one half of the ingredients at a time.  Transfer the mixture to a clay cooking pot or other large pot.

Reserve 4 cups of the broth so you can use it when making the rice, and add all the rest to the blended mixture in the cooking pot. Stir well and put the pot on medium heat. The mixture will be “soupy”, so you need to let it reduce by about a third, or until it has the texture of a creamy sauce.

Add the chicken pieces to the mole sauce and simmer for 20 minutes.

Measure out:

  • 2 cups of rice

And prepare it as you please, but instead of using water, use the:

  • 4 cups of reserved chicken broth

To the steaming rice, add:

  • 2 envelopes of condimento español

(this is basically turmeric and is available at you corner store or in the market)

Optional ingredients::

  • ¼ cup of toasted sesame seeds
  • light cream
  • red onion
  • cilantro leaves

To plate:

Mold ½ cup of rice on one side of the plate. Spoon the Mole beside it. To garnish the mole, I sometimes run a line of cream over the top and sprinkle it with the toasted sesame seeds. Sometimes I place thinly sliced red onion on top or I use cilantro leaves.

I serve guacamole, fried plantains and hot corn tortillas with this meal. I pair it with a robust red wine.

A surprise awaits…


Every morning, opening up gmail is a surprise. I get frequent updates from family and friends all over the world. Over the course of a week, I learn about births, deaths, marriages, parties and the dates that my dear ones will be arriving for a visit. Gmail serves up photos, recipes, jokes, book and movie recommendations, reminders of promises made and debts unpaid.

As well, I receive a huge amount of bulk mail. This is sometimes useful and sometimes useless. I get entertaining and happy news, and I get stuff I don’t even want to think about. But either way, it’s all food for thought.

Yucatan Expat Life keeps me abreast of Merida’s international community news:

For what I don’t even want to think about – Mexfiles’ predictions and points to ponder keep my consciousness on alert:

The Obama Administration record in Mexico

Here’s a video that’s too-funny-for-words – courtesy of my friend Lou who sends this clip from the Dutch equivalent of the John Stewart show:

But of course, not everyone has a Dutch sense of humour. The next message is an example of the point-of-view that has landed our world in its current state – I give you The Unseen Moon – no further comment

Steve Cotton, a blogger who lives way over on the other side of Mexico posts nearly every day. His writing is always thoughtful and sensitive.

Another of my favourite blogs comes just once a week. It is a “journal” and today it contained some wonderful quotations:

And finally, a warm-the-heart photo attachment from my friend Cliff Hinderman at the Grassroots Oaxaca Street Children’s holiday party. He tells me that many of the children’s gifts were donated by the participants on last year’s International Women’s Club fundraising tour:


If a picture paints a thousand words…

Thank you to Hennessy’s Irish Pub for giving a home to the Merida Solidarity March.

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Pub owner, Sean, low-balled the numbers we’d have. He said 50 – 80 people would turn out, and the committee that put the event together also came up short – we  said, “50 – 200”. That sounded hopeful.

Milling about , not marching...
Milling about , not marching…

Committee member Elizabeth Holland spoke for us all…


And as it turned out, we figure there were somewhere between 400 and 500 who came to Hennessy’s between noon and 3pm.

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Thank you Everyone for supporting women, the people of Mexico, and human rights for all.


They do us proud

Merida has fine representation at today's Women's March on Washington
Merida has fine representation at today’s Women’s March on Washington

Not much time to post just now… I am off to set up at Hennessy’s. This image of our friends who are in Washington (as I type) makes me feel proud.  DOING something when our hearts are in turmoil is an option. It is the option I choose…

I hope to see you at Hennessy’s Irish Pub on Paseo de Montejo TODAY… noon until 3 pm.

We’re OK to go!

Hennessy's Irish Pub. the venue for our solidarity event
Hennessy’s Irish Pub. the venue for our solidarity event

The organizing team for tomorrow’s solidarity event is tired tonight. We have been working hard for a couple of weeks, and today, the final pieces got put into place. Yes, everything is ready, and all we need is YOU!

Saturday January 21st, Hennessy’s  Irish Pub, 12 noon until 3:00 pm.  

For all the information about the Hennessy’s happening, take a look at this link:

I made it a point all day to not watch TV, nor listen to the radio, nor check social media. But a few minutes ago, I did have a look at facebook… such sad posts and rampant mention of the F word.

So, I think I’ll shut off the computer now and then go back to the sink. I want to try one more time to get this bold blue poster paint out from underneath my fingernails.