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”

What is “Real” Mexican Food?

After watching a “Tasty” video on Facebook and reading some of the thousand or so comments, the majority of which slammed Tasty, insisting that the recipes were not “Mexican,” it seemed natural to ask, “What is real Mexican Food?” It’s a somewhat ambiguous answer, depending on how you look at it – so lets startContinue reading “What is “Real” Mexican Food?”