Series 1 - Episode 5

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Not a lot of people know that empanadas originally came from Cornwall, inspired by the humble pasty - a favourite dish of the tin miners who came to work in Mexico in the 19th century.

Thomasina's hunt for the best empanadas in the country takes her to the Oaxacan valleys and a small village called Ocotlan, where a lady called Carmelita whips them up in her backyard.

Plus Tommi shares the recipe for her all-time favourite spicy crab noodles, and an exotic and zesty passion-fruit jelly.


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Comments (5)

  • kiana

    over 1 year ago


    im going to make an empanada brunch later on today

  • Carlene

    over 2 years ago


    Empanadas which they are now named were first introduced to Spain and Portugal during the Moorish invasions it is believed that they derived from the Arabic meat-filled pies, samosa.

  • J.Oliver St.John Mollusc

    over 2 years ago

    J.Oliver St.John Mollusc

    It is surely a brit style food ham & cheese mayo' pasty

  • Alex

    over 2 years ago


    Qisadillas from Cornwall, please!

  • Maria de la Luz Gutierrez Leal

    over 2 years ago

    Maria de la Luz Gutierrez Leal

    Dear Tomacita. Thanks so much to make me smile and to dream about my beloved and beautiful Mexico. I feel so proud of my country. I love the way you speak Spanish. Gracias por presentar a Mexico en tan alegre y fantastica manera. Dios la bendiga. Viva Mexico y el Reino Unido!!!