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Chocolate orange mousse, Mama ía blog

Chocolate and Orange Mousse —and oranges from El Taroncheral

Chocolate and orange mousse, Mama ía blogAs mother’s day approached, and I was thinking more of my mom, and how we’ve been separated by an ocean for the past 22 years, many memories of when she was the mom and I was just a daughter danced through my head. Many of those memories involved oranges, and orange trees, and an orange orchard where (more…)

Chocolate medallions, Mama ía

Chocolate Medallions —and the Nostalgia of Christmas

Chocolate medallions, Mama íaIf you’re not a baker, or even think you’re not, this is the Christmas dessert for you to make. Medallas de chocolate, chocolate medallions, with a few toppings, will be the talk of the party (don’t they look beautiful?) Nobody will know that they are so easy to make. It only requires some organization, and very few baking skills. In fact, (more…)

White and dark chocolate cake w banner, Mama ía

White and Dark Chocolate Birthday Cake —and a jazz concert

White and dark chocolate cake w banner, Mama íaThis is the year of milestone birthdays at out house. We celebrated one in March, and now one in May —and it’s not the last one! But this one is very special and celebratory, particularly for my son David, who turns two digits. In fact, I think he has been celebrating for quite a while now. The big 1-0!

For the first of his celebrations, we visited  (more…)

Thick hot chocolate, Mama Ía

Thick Hot Chocolate for “Las Fallas”, Valencia’s Festival

Thick hot chocolate, Mama ÍaThis is a very special week in my home city of Valencia, Spain, where every March, Spring and Fallas seem to arrive together. From March 12 to March 19, the city stops its daily business to celebrate this festival. In a ceremony called la plantà, the setting, 700 colorful statues are mounted throughout the city, in every square and (more…)