México is rich in indigenous culture and its legacy can be appreciated in every corner of the country. Today, indigenous culture, traditions, and food enjoy an unprecedented appreciation and rediscovery by Mexicans and the world alike. But it hasn’t always been like this. Indigenous communities in México, and the world, still face many challenges but understanding more taking the time to understand more about them is a step in the right direction.
Removing the heat from the chillies can be easily accomplished by using one or a combination of techniques that will make sure that you enjoy your Mexican dishes without having to worry about whether chillies will be spicy or not. Given that chilli heat varies by season, region and climate, knowing whether a chilli will or not be spicy it a bit of an unknown.
To fully enjoy a tortilla it needs to be reheated properly. This way not only the texture but the aroma of the tortilla is perfected.
There are many different ways to reheat tortillas, but these are the ones that I think work best for those times you need to reheat more than one tortillas at once.
Four steps that deliver the perfect tortilla.
My fondest memories from Day of the Dead in México must be accompanying my mother to the market to buy the traditional – and delicious - sugar skulls. Equally exciting was to receive a skull with your name from loved ones – they have remembered you!
My mother and grandmother are my inspiration in the kitchen. I’m lucky that I spent a lot of time with them visiting markets and cooking during my teenage years. Even to this day when I need a recipe, my mum is the first person I will call.
“The spirt of the Gods”, as some people refer to Mezcal, is an authentic Mexican drink that goes way back in history, has catapulted back to fame in Mexico, and nowadays is conquering the world, charming one person at a time with it’s distinguished taste.
Just like how hunger makes you enjoy the meal, Mexican salsas do the same, as they are the soul of Mexican food, they take every meal to the next level, making it much more enjoyable. This is a journey to discover what makes the Mexican salsas so unique, and sometimes very spicy, yet always delicious!
The term “Aztecs” which is used by many, as a reference to the people that inhabited what is today Mexico City when the Spaniards arrived is not quite precise. And to be honest, I was one of the many that are guilty of not knowing the difference between the two, until I learned the real difference, which can be found in the history of the Mexican land. So who are the Aztecs? And what is the difference between them and Mexicas?
Beyond the international controversy in regard to the reason behind the celebration of 'Cinco de Mayo', the fact that all the Mexican celebrations are observed around the world now more than ever, and every year there are more people falling in love with the Mexican culture and having the desire to explore it more, makes every one of us Mexicans proud of our history, our country, our heritage, our food, and the contributions that each of us makes to the world every single day. ¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo!
Chilaquiles, Mexican’s favorite breakfast, is a magical dish that takes you on a journey to live the Mexican experience. Chilaquiles has been a blueprint in the Mexican heritage that has been traced back to the chronicles left by Mayans and Aztec. Nowadays, Chilaquiles are igniting the passion for the Mexican food of the whole world, one ‘totopo’ at a time.
Monica and Hacienda El Carmen are unique souls with inspiring stories of optimism, passion, and care for both the environment and community. I am glad that I had the opportunity to meet Monica, and as you read through this story, you will understand why just thinking that there are people out there with such a spirit and mentality, fills me with hope for the future of Mexico!
Everyone knows that Tequila is a Mexican treasure. This second-fastest selling drink worldwide, has resulted in a huge amount of people falling in love with the Mexican culture. And having the opportunity to learn first-hand the process of tequila making was an eye-opening experience and has increased my appreciation for this Mexican iconic drink.
Sometimes futuristic thoughts and scenarios pass my mind, one of which is, what would be the outcome of the US border shutting down the borders to Mexicans? Would more Mexicans immigrate to the much further massive country Australia? or would they choose to immigrate somewhere else?
As I am walking down the street, the smell of street food hits me! I love that smell! it’s the fresh corn tortillas, the unique smoky aroma of mezcal, the music by mariachis performers thirsty for tequila shots, the colours of the produce at the markets. Every sense is exhilarated all at once... I am back in my beloved Mexico!
There is an important reason behind the fact that the best tortillas are always found in small towns rather than the big cities! It is all thanks to the indigenous Mexicans for keeping the ancient traditions dated back to pre-hispanic time alive until this day. This is mine and La Tortilleria's nixtamal journey in Australia.