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...
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...
Mexican show in Canberra

Mexican show in Canberra

Music and dance to celebrate Mexico September is a patriotic month for all Mexicans. We celebrate our independence day with great parties all over the world. This year, a great Mexican musician that lives in Australia has brought to our bush capital an incredible event of traditional music and dance you just can’t miss. Check all the info...
The Great Victorian Rail Trail

The Great Victorian Rail Trail

A WEEKEND PUBBING AND CYCLING Last ANZAC long weekend offered an opportunity for Richard and I to explore a bit of the country. We decided to visit Victoria and explore the “Great Victorian rail trail”, we would take our bikes and go from Yea to Molesworth and explore the tunnel in the middle. On top of that, we decided to make this a “Pub weekend” in which we would only have counter food. PUBLIC HOTELS AND CANTINAS Pubs are the equivalent of Mexican cantinas to which I have already dedicated a few words previously. Just as Cantinas, some Pubs are in a current decline, where the entertainments they offer don’t seem to match the needs of glamorous cities such as Melbourne or Sydney. But Pubs in small towns seem to be different. They seem to adapt better to a quiet life and some of them can even be the social center in town, or even attract a big quantity of tourists. Some others have renovated and improved their facilities and food quality, in order to bring more customers. FIRST COUNTER MEAL We started our journey by having lunch at the “Criterion Hotel” in Gundagai. The building is a classic Art Deco style with a few bad renovations here and there. Food was great, the kind of meal you expect from a Pub, fresh and nice. We wanted traditional counter meals and that is exactly what we had, when we ordered a hamburger and a BLT. We ate at the beer garden which is a nice veranda looking towards a park. This was our first stop, and we still had...
Mexican Green Tomatoes

Mexican Green Tomatoes

This blog entry is dedicated to those delicious, tangy beautiful fruits called green tomatoes that drive Mexicans and Australians crazy. They are not unripen red tomatoes, nor are they Asian green tomatoes. Mexican green tomatoes (physalis ixocarpa among others) come from a different family than red tomatoes and are covered by a sticky husk that all Mexican kids have had to peel at least once in their lives. You say tomato and we say tomate (or tomatillo?), let’s call the whole thing off! There are many varieties of this green tomato along the American continent and just in Mexico the same fruit can have different names depending on the region it is cultivated or its size. Some of these names are: tomate verde (green tomato), tomatillo (small tomato), miltomate (smaller variety meaning maize field tomato), guatomate (variety from Puebla), tomate de bolsa (bag tomato), tomate de cáscara (husked tomato). Uses and Location   Mexicans commonly use green tomatoes in their daily diet, whether it is in a raw, cooked or pickled version. It goes great with different chillies, the most common preparation being a salsa with raw or boiled tomatoes along with Serrano chillies and coriander. It is also used to prepare stews with pork, beef and chicken. Some of the most popular dishes are chilaquiles and enchiladas, which are made of fried tortillas soaked in green salsa, accompanied by fresh onion, sour cream and cheese.   Currently in Australia, it is more and more common to find salsas prepared with green tomatoes (besides the classic red colour salsas). In supermarkets look for the “Mexican food” aisle and they might have green salsa. Remember...