Mexico is a wonderful country, and one that I have been fortunate enough to visit more than a few times. It is like no other country I have visited, in part due to the family and friends I have there, and the memories I have created. But even without my connection to the place, it is still a country with its own individual beauty that just has to be experienced. I have put up plenty of photographs from my past trips there, but this time I was determined to help explain in a series of features, what makes Mexico so magical. In this post, I will be focusing on food.
Breakfast really is one of the most important meals of the day. As you can imagine for such a hot country, the fruit really is fantastic. As well as having the freshest in fruits such as grapefruit, pineapple, oranges and pears, they have rarer ones like mamey and papaya. There is also a really lovely drink called horchata.
One of the places most well known places within Mexico is Oaxaca, located in the southern part of the country. It has long been established as one of the prominent food places, and gives its name to several dishes. In fact, the acclaimed Mexican restaurant chain in London is named after the town, though it has the more phonetic spelling of Wahaca.The photos above show some of the most traditional of Mexican food, including carne de tasajo, enchiladas, mole negro, frijoles and tamales.
But for its many traditional dishes, one dish I will always cherish is tacos. There are so many things you can put in one, including my personal favourite of grilled steak. Depending on how much you can fit in it, you can also include ingredients like rice, avocado, cheese, onion, cream, tomato, lettuce and beans. It is also worth noting that frijoles, a type of brown beans, are seen as being a food that works for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Not necesarily on the same day of course.
And the Mexicans sure know how to do dessert. There are patisseries all over, filled with a huge variety of cakes,pastries, tarts and treats. At my grandmother’s recent 100th birthday (and more on that soon) there were all kinds of cake. None of which lasted long. One plate just didn’t seem enough.