I left for the Mexico City airport at 3am, taxiing through a downpour to the airport, sitting in the front with my bag on my lap and hoping I had remembered all my stuff. It felt weird to think this would be the last time I would be in Mexico for quite some time. Read more
Posts tagged ‘food’
This week sees the week-long annual town party of Teotitlán del Valle, a Zapotec community 30 minutes from Oaxaca. Teotitlan has a very rich and well-preserved history, and this week they celebrate their town and their church in la fiesta de la Preciosa Sangre de Cristo (Precious Blood of Christ – the name of the church in the community). It is a week of pretty much non-stop celebrating and accompanying the festivities is of course food: all types of delicious tamales, enchiladas, moles, dulces, and helado on offer. Read more
Oaxaca has some fantastic street food, and most people living here have a favourite meal and or snack, and street cart from which to buy it. Street food vendors all have their own designated area – important so there are no disputes, and doubly important so you can easily find your preferred vendor.
Elotes (e-lot-tays) and esquites (es-key-tays) are basically corn with toppings. This functional description however belies their deliciousness. Think corn kernels, charcoal-charred and smoky-sweet, combined with salty cheese, a hit of chilli and the tang of lime. Hungry? Read more
Using a metate (stone grinding table) is ridiculously hard work! Having spent 7 months in Oaxaca now, I have seen metates in many different traditional kitchens, but I had never considered the strength (and endurance) you must have to use one! Grinding chilis and other spices into a fine paste so they could be used in a mole (mol-lay), I had managed to get a sweat up and half my ingredients were still not pulverised. I will never look at mole the same way again. Read more
Each person in Cuba is assigned the same amount of food using the family Libreta de Abastecimiento (“Supplies booklet”). Food rations are not free, but they are subsidized. The libreta ration booklet was introduced in 1962 by Che Guevara, who was at that time the Minister of Economy, as a way of ensuring everyone had access to the basic foods.
The ration system details the groceries each family is allocated, Read more