Sunday, January 25, 2009

In the Kitchen

It's kinda intimidating moving to another country with its own style of cuisine that blows your bland food away. My kids have gradually becomed accustomed to the spicier food here in Mexico and have a new taste for onions, tomatoes and those dark chilies. For us gringas however, whom have never really cooked traditional mexican food, it's daunting. I'm amazed at all simple flavors and natural ingredients used. I would love to try to make some of those recipes, but it's intimidating nonetheless.

My mom, who wanted to ease the transition to Mexico for us, bought me more than I needed here in Mexico. Two of my favorite things were the much needed water cooler (for all our drinking water) and a cookbook....well two. WOW. The books are phenomenal. Rich flavors, authentic recipes, AND my kids love them. Rick Bayless, in two of his books, "Salsas That Cook" and "Mexican Kitchen", are so freakin amazing and so EASY that I just had to write a blog about it. Last night I made a Red Chile Rice and Chicken and potato tinga. The best thing about these books are that after the recipe, there are ways to use the sauces and leftovers in AMERICAN style meals..... more comfortable for us foreigners. If you can, check them out. Well worth the investment.

3 comments:

Theresa in Mèrida said...

I love Rick Bayless and I use his cookbook, Authentic Mexican, whenever we are craving Mexican food.
regards,
Theresa

Amanda said...

First off I want to say Im so excited to have found your blog. I had a dream last night that I got a new tattoo and was so excited when I woke up. Then I thought, slow down Amanda your in Mexico you cant get a tattoo here. We dont live in a big city and there are no parlors here much less tattooed people. Iv seen two in the 6months Iv been here. Yeah Im curious to what my hubbies family really thinks of mine, they dont say much. :) Anyway if you ever get a chance please share some recipes. I love to cook and the prob with online recipes is they always have things I cant find here. Nice to meet you and I look forward to reading more of your posts.

TimesUp said...

i will def put some on here! thanks!

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I've been living in Mexico now for about a two years with my hubby and 2 kids. Not exactly by choice, but we're here nonetheless. Luckily, I live with quite a few of the accomodations that i was used to in the states. In spite of those convienences, we also have a water tank with asbestos, outdated electricity, massive amounts of dust, caterpillars that burn your skin, and thousands of windshield washers on every street corner. My kiddos and I are learning to speak spanish and adjust to life away from our family and friends in the States.

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