Pico de gallo
6 ripe plum tomatoes chopped put into a bowl
1/4 med white onion chopped finely, add to bowl
3-4 green chile serranos minced, add to bowl
¼ cup chopped cilantro, add to bowl and stir
juice of 1 lime, add to bowl
½ tbsp cumin powder, add to bowl and stir
salt to taste
serve in a bowl with crisp, well salted, freshly fried tortilla chips
The red, white and green colors from this dish mirror the colors of the Mexican flag, perfect to celebrate the 15th of September with and patriotic to the core!
15 de Septiembre is for the Mexican people what the 4th of July is to Americans, Independence Day. Forget 5 de Mayo, if you want to break out the Cuervo, Corona and guacamole, this is the night to do it. Mexicans know how to party and they are extremely patriotic so on the night of the 15th, the gods converge to make for one of the best, most colorful and interesting events all year long. Picture every house on the block eating, drinking and merrymaking, then meeting up in the zocalo to bare witness to an extravagant firework display, with live music, dancing and more food and more drink… in each and every town in mexico. it’s overwhelmingly delicious, can’t wait until tomorrow! and i’ll definitely have some great pictures to put up later in the week.
The above photos are from a feria in Oaxaca city, you can see the intricate wooden towers they construct to place the plethora of fireworks. The images of the bulls are also a type of ‘wearable’ firework display- the bulls are placed a-top the heads of two men and all light up, they run through the crowd, mock fighting one another. A frighteningly wonderful experience!
1.5 avocados sliced in half, seeded and mashed into a bowl, keep 1 seed for later
4 tbsp minced red onion, add to bowl
1 vine ripe plum tomato chopped, add to bowl
2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro, add to bowl
1-2 chile serrano minced, add to bowl
1 lime’s juice squeezed into bowl
1 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp chile piquin powder
salt to taste
stir, then add avocado seed into mix to keep the guacamole from turning brown and serve immediately with freshly fried tortilla chips and beer.
Viva Mexico! by Charles Macomb Flandrau
Viva Mexico! originally published in 1908, is written in the first person, in something of a mixed format of novel/ journal/travel guide, and describes what life is like living in Mexico on a ranch along with notes, tips and stories of how to travel about within the country. Flandrau also writes on what to expect so far as the Mexican people, customs and culture go, by relating through past experiences. At times the book might seem dated with stereotypical ideas typical of a turn-of-the-century European man of wealth dealing with the everyday problems of living without the comforts of the 1st world, though overall, I found his take rather respectful of Mexico, charming and ever grateful for his quiet dry wit. But no matter his struggles, he always seems to leave the situation with a greater understanding and a deeper love for the country. As did i after reading his book. I came across Viva Mexico! in old and rare book shop in Charleston, NC, precisely in the travel section. I’m not sure if it has been republished as of late, but if you’re able to locate a copy, I highly recommend it.
Here are a few wonderful and funny (so dated and proper!) excerpts from Viva Mexico!
“Why people are the way they are is always an interesting subject on which to exert one’s talents, however slight, for observation, and inference. On an isolated Mexican farm one spends many odd moments considering and attempting to explain the traits of the people who condescend to work for one.”
“Conventionally speaking, traveling in Mexico is uncomfortable”
“The hotels, as a rule, are of two stories built around a tiles patio, full of flowers and plants, and open to the sky. The more expensive rooms have windows looking down upon the street, and in cold or gloomy weather have the advantage of being lighter and warmer than the others.”
“The only edible butter in Mexico in made in Kansas, and can be bought in convenient one-pound packages in the city of Mexico, and also in some of the smaller towns. There is no objection whatever to your taking your own tea and butter, or anything else that contributes to your comfort, into the dining room of Mexican hotels.”
“Few beds in Mexico have arrived at the sybaritic luxury of feather pillows. The national pillow is a narrow, long, unsympathetic contrivance tightly stuffed with hair, or something more unyielding.”
“On the whole, I should not advise and invalid to go to Mexico, for i have met invalids there who, although they might not have been happy anywhere, stuck me as being for many unavoidable reasons more unhappy in Mexico than they would have been if they had sought a warm climate closer to home.”
“In the kitchen doorway a very old, white bearded man was improvising poetry - sometimes sentimental, sometimes heroic, sometimes obscene - to a huddled and enthralled audience all big hats, crimson blankets, and beautiful eyes.”
mexico vs. honduras tonight 9pm!