A belated Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to all from me & John here in Arlington, Virginia! Thanks so much for continuing to visit this blog & offer your comments. I love hearing from everyone who has Mexico questions, anecdotes, & tips to share.
We interspersed some Mexico into 2011’s Annual Baking of the Cranberry Almond Coffee Cakes. This is a tradition my mom Marcia started many moons ago (i.e. bake as many cakes as your largest bowl size permits– you will alway be batter-mixing-space limited– and then give them away to a neighbor or two + whoever crosses your path in the day or two after baking). Since Marcia is no longer with us to celebrate this year (and to remind me that I forgot to put any almonds on the aptly-named coffee cakes BEFORE they went into the oven), I whipped them up on my own with some help from John + brother Tim.
This seemed like a good occasion to break out the Rompope that I spotted at a grocery store in Nebraska & dangerously transported back to DC in my checked luggage. We discovered this egg nog-like liqueur in Mexico, where we heard it was created by nuns in a convent in Puebla. So, we took to calling it nun nog.
The coffee cakes turned out great, despite their addition of almonds post-baking. And I offered up a toast to Marcia, who I know would have enjoyed sipping a glass of nun nog with me on a Friday afternoon. Love you, Mom. I hope any nuns hanging out where you are give you a sip of their stash.