Like you, most of my days are hectic. Sometimes all that running around, housework, and computer work can get stressful. Those days I try to step away into my own little relaxing world, even if it’s just for fifteen minutes. I love to grab a book, something to drink, and if I’m hungry I grab a small snack. If the sun isn’t blaring down on my garden I go and sit outside with my cats to enjoy the fresh breeze. Ah, it’s amazing how much better you can feel doing something as simple as this.
These photos are from my last relaxing session…well, it began as soon as I put down the camera and got into my book.
Are you a coffee or tea drinker? Or maybe both? I’m both, but go through phases when I prefer one to the other. Right now, I’m choosing English tea with a spot of milk as my caffeine fix.
Though I need to carefully watch my sugar intake, I do allow an occasional sweet indulgence. Mexican conchas are typically my first choice for a sweet treat. If you’re not familiar with conchas, they are a roundish sweet bread that is baked topped with a mixture of butter, sugar, and flavouring which is then cut to make the pattern you see on each bread. The designs or patterns are meant to resemble seashells, and that’s actually what the word concha means, shells. If you have never tasted one you are really missing out and I think you need to either locate your local Mexican bakery or foodstore, or you’re going to need to get in the kitchen.
I didn’t bake these myself because there is an abundance of bakeries in my neighbourhood that bake them fresh ever single day — sometimes twice a day, they are that popular here in Mexico. I’ve only ever baked them once and that was when I lived in Prague and dearly longed for my father’s conchas, he makes the best I’ve ever eaten.
If you’d like to try baking your own conchas I suggest you check out the recipe links below. They all look and sound very authentic and delicious! As we say in Mexico, buen provecho or enjoy!
Happy Sunday amigos, I’ll be back shortly with a brand new recipe!