September 15, 2014

Homemade salsa roja

A recipe in my blog? I don't see why not.. Cooking is, for me, a creative outlet. I cook to celebrate and to share, cooking makes me feel closer to my family and
my culture. I thought I could share some of these recipes now and then and I hope you enjoy them.

And to all of us who will celebrate Mexico's independence tonight.. ¡Viva México!

Homemade salsa roja

You will need:

4 plum tomatoes cored. 
1/8 of a white onion
3 Serrano chilies, stems removed (you can use 1 jalapeño 
instead and you can change the amounts depending on how mild 
or spicy you want your salsa)
1 teaspoon of salt
few cilantro leaves

I don't put garlic on this salsa, but if you like the flavor you can add 1/2 clove 
and roast it along with the other ingredients.

On a comal or a skillet, roast the tomatoes, onion and chilies until blackened 
on all sides.

If you want to make it the traditional way, place all the roasted ingredients 
in a molcajete, add the fresh cilantro leaves and grind with the pestle 
until smooth. You can use a blender or a food processor instead.

Season with salt.

Enjoy! :)

September 12, 2014


Now. Watercolor on paper

Today I had a quiet morning working in what I call "my studio". I finished this mandala that had been sitting on my desk for several days.

Today was one of those days when I have to remind myself to live in the moment.. not to worry about the future and not to dwell too much in the past. Drawing really served as a meditation, therefore I called this mandala "Now".

Have a great weekend!

September 8, 2014


Small paper cut mandala.

This is my first attempt at making some "papel picado".

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Thank you to all the lovely visitors from around the world, Have a great week!

September 4, 2014

The story behind my logo

Aztec Seal. Watercolor pencil on paper

An Aztec seal with this design was found in a nearby lot to my childhood home. I grew up in Mexico City, in Coyoacan specifically, close to a former Franciscan monastery that also served as a fort, an area of the city full of history and charm.

I was already drawing mandalas, and when I saw the picture of the seal I knew I had to draw it. I chose this image as my logo because it reminds me of my roots, something I am very proud of :)

If you want to read more about this, or look at the photos of the pieces they found, you can do it here

September 1, 2014


Raindrops. Watercolor on paper

Yesterday night we had a storm here in Minnesota, and it was still rainy when I went outside for a morning walk.

When I start drawing, I may have an idea of the colors I will use or the theme that inspires me, but sometimes the result is unexpected, like with this one, which looks to me like a splash of water.

The rain this morning reminded me of this painting I did some months ago, I thought it was appropriate to post this one today.