Salsa making has never been so much fun!


How to make Mexican Coffee or ‘Café de Olla’

Who doesn’t like a nice hot cup of coffee? Especially in these cold winter months it’s a good way to wake up in the morning:  ANY TIME is a good time for coffee!!! I was thinking of that during the Christmas Holidays how it would be nice to share another recipe with you: Mexican Coffee.  My mother-in-law prepared this for me when I came to Mexico for the first time in 2001 and I immediately loved it! This coffee is prepared in a special clay pot, hence the name ‘Café de Olla’ or Coffee from the Pot. The recipe calls for ‘piloncillo‘, which is a block of raw cane sugar, but you could use mascabado sugar instead. Enjoy!!!

Ingredients for 4 cups:

  • 4 cups of water
  • 4 heaped tablespoons of coffee
  • 125 gram or 4 ounces piloncillo or mascabado sugar
  • cinnamon stick of 10 cm or  4 inches
  • 5 cloves
  • (optional: peel of  1/4 of an orange)


Heat the water in a saucepan and add the cinnamon and cloves. If you want, you can add the orange peel. Once it boils, add the piloncillo or mascabado sugar and leave it to dissolve. Lower the heat and add the coffee. Leave everything to boil for 5 minutes. Switch off the heat and let it stand for another 5 minutes. Sieve before serving.



Buen Provecho!!!     Dancing Chef Maaike




Cozumel My Cozumel!!!

I have been in Cozumel for over a month and I have fallen in love with the island and the people. I cannot say enough about the wonderful people who live and work here. I am so happy to be a part of Salas and Salsa Cozumel as a Dancing Chef. I take the local transportation to work and walk home. I walk down a different street everyday to try and see as much as possible. Everyday I find new places to go and local restaurants.

I have a friend in town for the Christmas holidays, and since she has transportation we took a Sunday drive. Sundays is a family day, we passed a church as the alter boys and priests were entering the the church and a street vendor out front selling his
products. We ended the day with a beautiful sunset.
Life is good, and especially in Cozumel. Come to see us on your next cruise. We have so much fun at Salsa and Salsa!!!



Dancing Chefs conquer the streets of Mazatlan!!!

Together with Pacifico Beer, Ceviche and Carnival, nothing is so typically Mazatlecan as the Pulmonia. This is an open taxi,  the Mexican version of a riksha with a Volkswagen engine. These taxis started driving Mazatlan’s streets back in 1965. They are not known anywhere else in Mexico.  The literal translation of ‘pulmonia’ is neumonia.  People thought they would get a neumonia driving this taxi!!!

Recently the Dancing Chefs have taken 5 Pulmonias and decorated them with the new Salsa and Salsa ad. We’re so proud!!!! When you’re in town, try to look for them!



Happy Holidays!!!!

Dancing Chef Maaike