The World of Maíz

Maíz (Spanish), or maize (English) is another word for corn, from the ancient Taino word mahiz – and it is one of the world’s most widely planted crops. The consensus is that maíz originated in Mexico, with the mesoamericans using the selective breeding of teosinte, an ancient genetic ancestor of maíz. With 59 distinct landraces grown throughoutContinue reading “The World of Maíz”

Tamal Me All About It

Tamales. Whether they’re part of the celebratory King’s Day dinner, street cart food, or just a meal on any regular day, Tamales are something special in Mexico. From the Nahuatl word tamalli, a tamal is corn masa with filling inside, wrapped in it’s own pocket of banana leaf, or corn husk, then steamed until the soft masaContinue reading “Tamal Me All About It”

For the love of chilies

One of the most amazing culinary contributions of Mexico, aside from tacos, is it’s vast array of salsas. Go to any stand serving empanadas, tacos, or various other savoury options, and you’re almost guaranteed to find a source of pride, their own particular homemade, chili salsa. While in many parts of the world, people areContinue reading “For the love of chilies”

The Humble but Mighty, Taco

“Don’t judge your taco by its price.” – Hunter S. Thompson What is your idea of a taco? Is it made with a small, hand-sized tortilla, or are you all about a hearty, two-hander version. A single tortilla, or maybe with doubled up tortillas – for maximum strength and loadability. Is the tortilla made from blueContinue reading “The Humble but Mighty, Taco”

Festive Nights

With 2020 being what it is – or isn’t – this year the holidays seem much less festive than they might be otherwise. The economic fallout on the island, from the ongoing pandemic, means many people can’t afford gifts or have drastically scaled down their gift giving. Get togethers with friends and/or family are discouraged,Continue reading “Festive Nights”

Christmassy Goodness

Thin, fried and with a sweet deliciousness, Buñuelos (pron: buh-nyou-whey-loes) are one of Mexico’s most popular Christmas traditional treats. Popular in many Spanish speaking countries, they are eaten for luck during the holidays and not just at Christmas, they are also served during other holidays, particularly Easter. Even the bread company BIMBO makes buñuelos yearContinue reading “Christmassy Goodness”

A Taste of the Season

It’s finally December – the last month in a year to forget – and Christmas is nearly upon us. It could be just another disappointment in a string of quarantine holidays that came and went without celebration but is anyone really going to let it slide by without some sort of fanfare? It is whatContinue reading “A Taste of the Season”

Food for the Soul

November is under way and another Día de Muertos has quietly passed by. With 2020 taking it’s toll on another tradition and celebration, by having all public events and gatherings cancelled, although people would have set up ofrendas (altars) in their private homes for this important Mexican holiday, so it’s not that the meaning orContinue reading “Food for the Soul”

SALSA!

Perhaps the king of Mexico’s condiments, salsa can elevate even the most simple dish to sublime levels. While many visitors to Mexico may think of something simple and cooked, with tomato and onion, like Pace or Herdez produced brands when speaking of salsa, or perhaps the fresh pico de gallo you’ll almost always find inContinue reading “SALSA!”

Achiote – Red Spice Goodness

Considered native to Mexico, Belize and areas of South America, the Bixa Orellana shrub’s distinctive red seeds are used to produce the spice, Achiote – named from the Aztec Nahuatl language, also commonly known as Annatto, as well as Roucou in other areas of the Caribbean. After the seeds have been dried and ground, theyContinue reading “Achiote – Red Spice Goodness”