Friday, 11 December 2009


Street food and it’s various uses of corn tortillas are keeping us very occupied. Corn, super food from the indigeno of mexico to the world continues to be the core of many everyday foods.

Tacos – small round corn tortillas, grilled and then piled with all manor of fillngs – Roasted meats, kebab, seafood or cheese. The stall is then covered in a seemingly endless set of toppings like salsa, chopped onions, coriander and radish chunks. Some of our favourites were from a stall near San Pedro market in DF were the guys were serving up “Al Pasteur” (spiced donar kebab) and goat head varieties. - and that was in the morning not after a big night on the town!

Quesadillias deep or pan fried versions are a tortilla folded in half around a filling (my favourite so far cheese and squash flowers). This photo is of ones we made ourselves at our great cooking class in Oaxaca

Flautas – To be honest I can’t tell the difference between these and Tacos dorados, tacos rolled around a filling to make a tube that is then deep fried and topped with lettace cheese and salsa (and cream if you are Mexican).

Pozole – a soup of hominy (big white dried corn) and pork with mild chilli flavouring. To be honest it’s like a liquidy version of Locro – the great salteñan stew. We did like having all the extra toppings and chilli flakes in a squeeze bottle like for tomato sauce to adjust the flavours as you wish. Expect to see one on the table at home soon!

Tostadas – Crisp fried tortillas that are then covered in a topping such as cerviche or a saucy salad.

The Tjayudas across the road from our B&B in Oaxaca are monster size tortillas - spectacular. Cooked after 9pm for everyone; from school girls to “the boys” in their modded cars. They are filled with black bean sauce, cheese and salsa and served with option extra meat cooked directly on the coals.

Sunday, 6 December 2009


From the frescos of archiological ruins to hoarding around repairs of the Palacio de Bella Artes mural painting is everywhere in Mexico City.

The most vibrant mural scene was in the post revolution period of the 1920-30s centred around Rivera, Siquueiros and Orozco who were commissioned to decorate the new public buildings.

Themes included national identity and social reform.

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

big stuff

Yesterday we went to Teotihuacan the ancient pyramids of the pre-aztec era. The site was a huge metropolis of several 10s of thousands of people at its peak. There remains the huge stepped pyramids and some of the surrounding complexes with spectacular murals of mythical beasts and people


Today we went out to the leafy suburb of Coyoacan and the Casa Azul (House of Frida Kahlo). It was very intersting and had some great photos and paintings by Frida, and Diego Rivera. They had a cool day of the dead commemoration of the two.

We then took the subway even further into the suburbs to the University grounds where a famous chef/ food historian has set up a restaurant. After a bit of a hike and detour through the faculty of science we had a delicious meal.
On the way back we came across the most insanely sized cakes we have ever seen. If you ever meet a bridezilla after a 110kg wedding cake Pasticeria Ideal is the place! (Tom beside it for scale)