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...