I love Mexican food, and everything was so fresh! And on this trip, no turista...our tummies were very happy for the week.
Huevos Mexicana: scrambled eggs with onion, tomato and cilantro, with a side of refried beans.
Eating in Puebla was a delight! We shared a great meal with our friends Dr. Sloth and Carmen:
"Chiles en nogada" -- SO delicious! From Wikipedia: "Another famous dish, chiles en nogada, was also supposedly invented here. The story begins with three sisters from Puebla who met officers from Agustin de Iturbide’s Army of the Three Guarantees in Mexico City and fell in love with them. Attempts were made to engage the couples but one problem was that none of the sisters knew how to cook. Upon returning to Puebla, their mother sent them to the Convent of Santa Monica to learn. The women decided they wanted to make an original dish to impress Iturbide and his officers when they were due to visit Puebla. The dish, chiles en nogada, represents the colors of the Mexican flag, green (poblano chili pepper), white (the walnut sauce) and red (pomegranate seeds). The dish was served for the first time at a banquet for Iturbide with great success"
Yummies covered in mole sauce. From Wikipedia: "The best-known mole is named after the city of Puebla, mole poblano. The origin of this sauce is disputed and there are two versions of the legend that are most often cited. The first states that 16th century nuns from the Convent of Santa Rosa were worried because they had just found out that the archbishop was going to visit them and they had nothing to prepare for him except for an old turkey in the yard. Supposedly due to divine inspiration, they began to mix together many of the spices and flavorings they had on hand in the kitchen, including different types of chili peppers, other spices, day-old bread, chocolate and approximately twenty other ingredients. They let the sauce simmer for hours and poured it over the turkey meat. Fortunately, the archbishop was very pleased with the meal and the nuns were able to save face."
And what Mexican meal would be complete without a nice dark Mexican beer? And in the back, delicious chicken-stuffed tortillas bathed in yummalicious pipián sauce, which is made with pumpkin or squash seeds and various delicious spices.
And of course, Mexico is full of great coffee. Here is Gordon relaxing with a cup of Java in Veracruz, at the Café Gran del Portal.
And since I don't like coffee (sorry, I was brought up by Brits), and couldn't get a decent cuppa tea, I switched to chocolate caliente, or hot chocolate, which was delicious and usually had a touch of cinnamon. None of that powdered crap! Real chocolate nibs.