Pot Mole (Mole de Olla)

Pot Mole (Mole de Olla)

It was one of those really cold days of Canberra winter. As Doso my dog and I were fastened in front of the gas heater, I called my mother to Mexico an told her about the cold weather. Then my mom said, “Why don’t you make “Mole de olla” (or Pot mole) to fight the cold?” Mole de olla is considered the simplest and the most humbled of all moles and it resembles more a runny (almost soupy) dish than a mole. Yet, it is a great dish with nice smoky flavour and great for winter for the vitamins and vegetables it contains. According to Chef Ricardo Muñoz Zurita in his Dictionary of Mexican Gastronomy published by Larousse, Pot Mole is a broth usually made with beef or pork, with chillies and vegetables, typical of Mexico City and the centre region. There are different variations, and today I bring you (as usual) my mother’s recipe. All ingredients can be fetched here in Australia. If you have any trouble finding an ingredient please contact me. Method Steps On your gas stove toast the chillies. You can also toast them in the oven. Blend the toasted chillies, the tomatoes and onion until you have a salsa. Put your pressure cooker on sauté mode, or put your pot on the fire and add the cooking oil. Strain the sauce over the pot and fry. Add the beef stock and check for salt. Add osso buco and vegetables and cover pot. In a pressure cooker should take 40 mins, double the time for a normal one or until the meat is tender. Serve...
Pico de Gallo

Pico de Gallo

Pico de Gallo or rooster’s beak is a slightly spicy salsa that is very fresh and ideal for summer dishes. [ingredients] [method] Ingredients 3 tomatoes 4 to 5 green chillies for a medium spice (adjust to your taste) 1/2 onion Juice of 1 lime Coriander leaves Method Steps Finely chop the tomatoes, chillies, onion and coriander. In a container mix chopped ingredients and add the juice Serve with tortilla chips, molletes or a...
Black Bean Soup

Black Bean Soup

There could easily be a hundred different ways to prepare beans in Mexico. This is only one of them. I chose this recipe because ingredients are easy to get in Australia. Beans are a great source of fiber, and vitamin B. If you want to know how to cook your beans click here. Serves: 4 People Ingredients 1 Cup of cooked beans (black turtle or borloti) 1 Cooked tomato 1/4 Onion Corn Chips 1 tsp. Sour Cream Avocado 1 Toasted Pasilla Chilli Feta Cheese Method Pour the first 3 ingredients in a blender and mix. Pour in a sauce pan on medium temperature. Add salt to taste and let boil. Serve with corn chips, sour cream, avocado, toasted Pasilla chillies and feta...
Old Clothes (Ropa Vieja)

Old Clothes (Ropa Vieja)

Old clothes is a traditional Mexican dish that was traditionally prepared to utilise the left overs from other dishes. There are different versions according to each region in the country. Originally from Spain and This time I am bringing to you my family’s recipe, specifically my great aunt Deya’s recipe, that passed it to her daughter Deya and to my mom, they also made a few adjustments and then gave it to me. Ingredients 500 gr. Cooked and pulled beef shank 2 Finely chopped tomatoes 1 Finely medium chopped onion 4 spoons of oil salt pepper oregano Method Steps In a cooking pot heat up the oil at medium fire Add the onions and parboil them. Add the tomatoes and parboil them too Add the pulled beef shank and cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly Add salt and pepper to taste. Add a pinch of dried oregano (my mom’s touch) Serve with white rice and/or warm corn...
My Smutty Chicken

My Smutty Chicken

Corn smut, better known as Mexican or corn truffle is a fungus that grows on maize and teosinte. I imagine that when indigenous people in Mexico found this little “bugger” in their crops, they decided not to go hungry and instead found one of the greatest delicacies worldwide. Cuitlacoche (yeah, I have trouble with the pronunciation too!) or Mexican truffle has a strong earthy flavour, and it is best combined with green chilli and/epazote. It has a fabulous dark, almost black colour and it might give your food an amazing contrast. I created this easy-to-make recipe, so that my readers can be introduced to this amazing truffle. Feel free to test and try, just remember this fungus looooves corn, so don’t forget to include it on any attempt, whether is in kernels, a tortilla or chilaquiles as a side. All ingredients can be obtained within Australia. If you need more information please send me a message or write a comment. Ingredients 1 Can corn truffle (Cuitlacoche) 400 gr Chicken breast 2 Green chillies (finely sliced) ¼ Onion (finely sliced) ¼ Cup corn kernels (fresh or frozen) 3 Spoons of cooking oil Epazote (Jesuits herb) Method Steps On a hot big fryer pan pour 1 spoon of oil. Add the sliced chillies and onion and cook until onions are translucent. Add the other two spoons of oil and put the chicken in the pan. Add salt and let brown. Add corn kernels and truffle along with epazote to taste. Cook for another 5 mins. Serve with warm...