Mexican WAVE

first_imgMexican Concha is based on sweet enriched leavened dough, not too dissimilar to French brioche. They are round, soft bread rolls with a thick, sugary topping. Typical flavours are chocolate, vanilla and strawberry.Concha is probably the most popular of all the Mexican bakery products and is usually sold individually over the counter or multi-packed into bags of six or a dozen. It is very typical to buy as a mixed variety pack, usually very vibrant in colour.Concha is a popular treat and sweet snack product, not too dissimilar to how doughnuts or muffins would be consumed in the UK. How the product looks is key for consumers on the go, so these really do grab your attention. These vibrant-coloured treats could really create a stir and fit in with UK coffee culture very well.Also, why not experiment with a chocolate and cinnamon Concha option, using cocoa powder and cinnamon to taste.Come and see me give a demonstration of Concha-making at the Baking Industry Exhibition:Tuesday, 23 March: 12pmWednesday, 24 March: 11amTopping Paste RecipeIngredientsgCake margarine400Caster sugar400Flour400Vanilla flavourto tasteFood colouringuse visually (red or yellow are typical)MethodAdd all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and slowly combine using a paddle attachment until clear and smooth. The paste is ready to use or can be stored at chilled temperature in a sealed bag for later use.Dough Recipe (scale up as required)IngredientsgBread Flour100Salt1.4Block yeast6Milk28Improver*Sugar15Vanilla flavourto tasteEgg26Butter or Margarine20* use recommended supplier dosage or omit and bulk fermentMethod1. Mix the dough on a spiral mixer until 80% developed, then add the fat and continue mixing until fully developed (A).2. Scale the dough pieces to 60g, round and place on lined baking sheet (B).3. For the topping paste, weigh at 60g and form into a ball, then flatten to a disc (C). Using a spiral cutter press on to the paste to leave the spiral imprint (D).4. Slightly flatten off the dough balls and place the paste disc on to the dough piece (E). 5. Allow to prove at 22°C for at least two hours or doubled in size (F).6. Bake at 200°C for approximately 20 minutes.last_img read more

Mothers of Disappeared Colombians Mark a Decade of Silent Marches

first_imgBy Dialogo July 09, 2009 Medellín (Colombia), July 8 (EFE).- The Mothers of La Candelaria marched silently through the streets of the Colombian city of Medellín today, as they do each Wednesday for the last decade, following in the footsteps of the Argentine Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo so that their disappeared loved ones will also not be forgotten. This movement, which brings together 1,775 families, arose at the end of 1998 in protest against the kidnapping of police and military personnel in the department of Antioquia, but mothers and other relatives of disappeared civilians joined a year later. Thus, since March 17, 1999, the mothers and all those who want to join them gather each Wednesday in the atrium of La Candelaria Church in Medellín, the most violent city in Latin America during the 1980s and 1990s. The legal representative of the Mothers of La Candelaria, Amparo Mejía, explained to EFE that the majority of the members of the group are relatives of individuals who disappeared in the hands of the now-dissolved paramilitary organization United Self-Defense Groups of Colombia (AUC), which demobilized more than 31,000 fighters between 2003 and 2006, following a peace agreement with the government. But there are also families whose loved ones were taken by guerillas, and others whose children or siblings were victims of state terrorism, of the so-called “false positives,” as extrajudicial executions carried out by members of the security forces are known in Colombia. Mejía’s “foster brother” was seized in 1997 by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) during a mass kidnapping of members of the military and police in Antioquia. This “brother” was freed in 2000 thanks to the humanitarian agreement negotiated between the FARC and then-president Andrés Pastrana, but three other members of Mejía’s family are still disappeared, and her father “was killed by the paramilitaries.” Amparo Cano, another of the Mothers of La Candelaria, has an equally devastating story: her husband disappeared on October 26, 2002 in a location known as San Agustín, where he had gone to look for wood. Cano is sure that the paramilitaries took both him and her stepson, who disappeared some time later, as she told EFE. Since then, she lives “in complete darkness,” because she has had no news of them, and in addition, had to move with her family to Medellín after receiving threats. Marta García’s son vanished in 2004, and three days after his disappearance a neighbor received an anonymous telephone call from a woman who told her that the paramilitaries had taken him. For her part, Doralina Carvajal delayed reporting the disappearance of her mother and a brother in the town of Bello on August 18, 2000, because she was afraid of becoming the victim of reprisals, but she told EFE that now she is no longer afraid. Her mother was literally taken from her home by a “Metro” block armed group from the AUC and her brother was grabbed in the street, Carvajal recalled. The experience of Alejandra Balvín, Amparo Cano’s daughter, is no less tragic. “My dad disappeared when I was thirteen. It was very hard; I became rebellious,” she confessed to EFE. Alejandra is now twenty years old and coordinates the movement of Sons and Daughters of the Mothers of La Candelaria, including nearly eight hundred children and adolescents who have lost one of their parents. According to Balvín, children “become emotionally troubled” as the result of a disappearance, as happened to her, and some even end up having to work in order to support their families economically. The young woman told the story of a boy who said to her that he wanted “to be a guerrilla in order to kill” those who took his father. In order to try to correct this kind of behavior, the movement of the Sons and Daughters of La Candelaria holds victim-assistance workshops with the support of the Medellín mayor’s office. Some of the Mothers of La Candelaria have also taken training courses with the aim of confronting the moment when they receive their loved ones’ remains after the Public Prosecutor’s Office authorizes the excavation of a gravesite, work which, according to Amparo Mejía, has been paralyzed by lack of resources. Since the Mothers began their struggle, the remains of twenty-five of their disappeared loved ones have been recovered. In order to find the others, the only recourse they have left is to hope that the dozens of detained and jailed former paramilitaries will provide information. The problem, as Mejía indicates, is that some of these former paramilitaries were extradited to the United States by Álvaro Uribe’s administration on drug-trafficking charges, before they could confess where they buried their victims.last_img read more

Successful weekend for Tipp clubs in Munster Junior League

first_imgClonmel remain at the top of the table after a 14-0 win in Galbally, Clanwilliam recorded a 10-5 triumph away to Cobh Pirates and Kilfeacle – who also travelled to the Rebel County – scored a 31-21 bonus point victory against Clonakilty.Meanwhile, Thurles defeated Crosshaven 10-8 in Division 2.last_img