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Tamarind & De Arbol Pork Roast

This recipe combines two of my favourite ingredients: Tamarind and De Arbol Chillies. Tamarind is very prevalent in Mexican sweets and in the cooking of the pacific regions in Mexico; it arrived during Colonial times and soon established itself as an easy crop that required little or no work. The bittersweet and tangy taste is a favourite of most Mexicans. You can buy the fresh pods, or buy the pulp with or without seeds; mixed with sugar or with sugar and chilli. It makes delicious 'aguas frescas' (a cold drink), sweets and snacks.

Enfrijoladas...

Mexicans love beans. They're an essential part of our daily diet. As a teenager, I remember my mother whipping up amazing dishes with just beans, chilies and masa.... you could make an infinitive amount of delicious meals with beans- she would say- and she's right!

Salsa Cruda / Raw Salsa...

Let's set the record straight: if it's not cooked, it's not a salsa. This lark of chopping raw tomatoes, onions, chillies and add some lime juice and a truckload of coriander (cilantro) and call it a 'salsa' is completely preposterous in my books. Everyone who's ever been in one of my workshops knows how much I hate that. Call it a , a salad, a topping, but please, please, please, don't call it a salsa coz it's not.

Caldo de Res / Beef Broth...

I'm run down. This is not surprising at all after two weeks of wisdom tooth drama, which included a painful surgery, and a dose of unexpected and horrific influenza; my body just shut down and although I feel way better now than I felt last week, I'm tired, cranky and my energy levels are at an all-time low.  So lately, all I can think of is broths... restorative, nurturing and above all, really, really tasty.

Pork in Guajillo Adobo..

I often think what would my life be without pork?... it's a question that distresses me a little. I'm a pork lover... and technically, pork isn't a Mexican thing. Mexicans had no pork until the Spaniards brought them into the country in the 16th century. It's so hard to believe, isn't it?! But then, can you fathom Italian cuisine without tomatoes? No? same here, but tomatoes did not arrive into Europe until they were shipped back from Mexico in one of the many boats full of culinary treasures back to Spain. Turkey, Tomatoes, Chilies, Vanilla, Chocolate, Squashes, Avocados...

Beef Caldillo...

The last ten days have been crazy. I hadn't been feeling entirely well and it all came to a halt on Saturday morning when I was admitted to hospital with a suspected appendicitis.

Mexican Prawn Cocktail...

Growing up I spent some of my childhood years in a smallish town near the Golf of Mexico. My grandparents lived there and, for a while, so did my family. We spent eight years in that town and the one thing I remember the most vividly was the town's busy market.

Bean & Goats Cheese Tamales...

I spend a lot of time reading about food. It's what I like doing the most; yet, when I sat down to write this particular post, I realised most of what I know about Tamales was from either the stories my mother and grandma had or from general common knowledge. I decided to research a little bit more about it, what I found out really surprised me! For example, did you know that the oldest records place tamales as far back as 1200 BC in Mayan paintings?!

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