I have a real appreciation for Mexican cuisine & flavor profiles. I actually lived in Mexico during college while participating in an international study program. I believe food is culture. I have no real heritage in my family – we’re just your classic mix-breed Americans. So, when it comes to cultural cuisine, I can identify best with Mexican food since I actually lived in the gorgeous colonial city of Guanajuato for a semester.
While living in Guanajuato, I occasionally helped my host mother prepare dinner or went grocery shopping with my host sister. This was the first time I was exposed to cooking with chile peppers, eating lengua tacos with corn tortillas, fire roasting ears of corn & topping them off with mayo & chile powder. Yum. The best part about this simple list… each one of these foods brings back memories from that semester in Mexico. The corn tortilla story is my favorite – it was my 1st dinner living in the Ortiz family home in Guanajuato. My conversational Spanish was mediocre, at best. My brother Felipe asked me if I liked the food & my reply was “Sí, pero yo prefiero tortillas de orina” Which translates to “Yes, but I prefer urine tortillas.” Everyone laughed, of course. And when I was finally brought up to speed with the joke – I learned that flour = harina. Not orina. I think I’ll die knowing how to say flour in Spanish. The moment was truly unforgettable.
Sometimes I play around in my kitchen & reminisce about my time in Mexico. That’s exactly what happened Monday night when I took a stab at my own version of a Jalapeno Lemonade… which became a Limeade. And I used brown sugar, only because I didn’t have any piloncillo in my pantry. And, if you are following this blog & calling on my recipes – you really need to buy agave nectar & truvia. Since I started exercising more, I’ve become really conscious about cutting back my sugars. Agave nectar & truvia are sold in the baking aisle right by the regular sugar… I use them all the time. If you don’t have agave or truvia, use honey to taste. It’s better than white sugar.
xoxo Produce Mom
PS – YES… you can add tequila.