Cinco de mayo

Cinco de mayo

Eat-Drink-Wrestle 5th May is the day all Mexicans celebrate having beaten Napoleon’sbig army in 1862. Nowadays is a good reason to celebrate all things Mexican and Australia is following this trend with some great treats for all of us: Guzman and Gomez offers his delicious burritos and refreshing coronas for $5 each. Find your closest store here: Store location. If you are in Melbourne you will be able to enjoy a real Mexican wrestling match. Get your tickets here...
Elsa’s new kitchen

Elsa’s new kitchen

  For the past 8 weeks my friend Elsa has been sitting, waiting, wishing her kitchen renovations to be finished,  and chance made her really handsome electrician (are they all this good-looking?) to finish the job last Tuesday, which coincided with a magnificent Coles sale of Poblano chillis. To celebrate the connection of her cooktop, oven and (most importantly) dishwasher we decided to go big and prepare some “rajas con crema y queso” along with freshly made tortillas. It had been a long day for Elsa and Diego (her hubby) as they had been cooking in a camping cooktop for the past weeks, but I think the wait was worth it. The colours, and appliances look really neat and transcendent; this kitchen will give a really good base from where to go into future house renovations. As for Mexican cooking, you can tell there will be plenty. Here are the recipes we cook that night (click on them): Rajas con crema y queso Red...
Arroz rojo (Red rice)

Arroz rojo (Red rice)

This is a Mexican favourite, for its great flavour and versatility to be combined with main dishes such as mole, or even on its own with a fried egg and a good splash of salsa. Here is the recipe: Ingredients: 1 cup of long or medium rice 3 or 4 roma tomatoes (pending on the size) 2 chicken stock cubes (if vegan change for veggie stock) 2 cups of water 1 small carrot in small cubes 1 tbsp cooking oil Preparation: In a blender pour the tomatoes and water and blend until smooth In a hot cooking pot pour oil and rice. Move constantly to avoid burning. When the rice is transparent add the tomato water, the chicken stock cubes and the carrot Bring down to low heat and let boil When water is close to full evaporation, check if rice is tender. If not, add half a cup of extra water and continue the cooking process until all water has evaporated. Check constantly to avoid burning. Enjoy!...
Rajas con Crema y Queso (Creamy chillies)

Rajas con Crema y Queso (Creamy chillies)

“Rajas con crema”  literally means “slices with cream”. The name derives from the ingredients poblano chilli slices and sour cream. This time I added a few other ingredients that give it a great flavour. It is best eaten with tortillas or Red rice. Ingredients: 5 poblano chillies (or use 8 jalapeño chillies or 4 green capsicums if you don’t like spicy) 300 gr sliced mushrooms 1 small brown onion sliced 1 can corn kernels (or the equivalent in fresh kernels) 200 gr halloumi cheese 200 gr sour cream 1 tbsp cooking oil Preparation: In a fryer pan or an iron base, toast the chillies until black. Put the chillies in a plastic bag and leave for 5 minutes. Slice the mushrooms and onion Open your water tab with cold water. Take one chilli at a time out the bag and rub the skin out, under the water. Be careful not to burn your self. Open the chilli and take all the seeds out also. Set aside and repeat the exercise with every chilli Cut the halloumi cheese in 0.5 cm cubes In a hot fryer pan, pour the oil along with the mushrooms and onion Slice the chillies and add to pan when the onions are transparent. Mix with the mushrooms and onion Add the corn kernels drained and the helium cubes. Cook for a minute or two Add sour cream and mix with all the ingredients. Add salt if needed (the halloumi cheese is pretty salty)...
Girls’ night

Girls’ night

Being a Mexican in Australia can be challenging when you have not met other Mexicans to speak Spanish with. I realise now how much I love my own language: the harshness of the “r”, the double meaning of words and the common “idioms” that all Mexicans share. Fortunately I have been blessed with a numb er of great Mexican friends around Australia and for a year or so a group of us has been getting together every Thursday to have a “girls’ night”. We meet at a restaurant or someone offers her house. It is understood the husbands and partners will be out of the way for the night so we can enjoy ourselves and be able to express all that is girly and Mexican.   I have offered my house a number of occasions that has allowed me to showcase my culinary skills. I usually make a Mexican dish whether it is my famous Mexican lasagne, black beans or a guacamole with corn chips. The main thing is the company and to have a good time.   Having my friends enjoying what I cook gives me great satisfaction. They encourage me to keep posting new recipes on Cooking Mexico and my friend Elsa even helped me produce my first video recipe about “Champurrad”, the delicious Mexican chocolate and corn drink.     I am very grateful to have such good friends to be able to speak Spanish with them and share our memories of our country. It makes me feel closer to Mexico and all the things I love about my birth country. At the same time I enjoy sharing common...