On a whim I decided to come visit my family in Mexico. I was born in Mexico City, D.F., but lived in Tequisquiapan, Querétaro until I was about 3. This is a city about an hr and a half north of Mexico City in the state of Querétaro. My dad is 1 of 10 and the only one living in the US so you can imagine how much family I still have here.
I arrived on Thurdsay and was picked up my my aunt Mari Luz and went straight to my grandmothers house. I don't think there is anywhere in this world where people can eat better than at my grandmothers house. After she re-introduced me to a 90 year old nanny I had when I was a littler girl, who is still working for my family by the way, we sat around on the couch talking and eating our apitizers of cheetos, cheese and nuts. We then sit down, at 2:30, for luch and begin with a soup I always eat there and no where else, they call it simply pasta soup because its a tomato/chicken broth with tiny round balls of pasta. We eat it with lime and Jugo Maggie. Then our main course is Budin Azteca or Puddin Azteca which is a traditional mexican dish in which they lightly fry some corn tortillas and layer them flat with cheese and chicken. The whole dish is about 3 inches tall and bathed in a delish green salsa. We ate this with white rice flavored with cuilantro and refried beans.
|This is one from a restaurant because I did not have my phone. Imagine this dish, but taller and made by your Mexican grandmother...|
Of course dessert was my favorite but I have no idea what it was! When it came out it looked like a large creme brulee... What looked to me like the carmalized sugar was in fact mango and inside was a sort of vanilla ice cream with coockie pieces at the bottom. WOW and YUM! I'm not even a huge fan of mango!
I had a similar dessert dish at my cousin Fernandas house that was plain yogurt with a jelly pack added to make the yogurt like a jello or mouse. It was then placed in a beautiful mold and when it came out it was topped with a sauce made solely from Mango. Talk about the new healthy dessert I am going to play around with when I get home...
Now that I have told you about how amazing the food is at my grandmothers house I want to talk about the way people here eat, because I love it! Breakfast is almost always 3 courses; first fruit, then some sort of eggs with tortillas and beans (I have been eating these cactus tortillas or, tortillas de nopal, my cousin Ana Luz is eating while shes dieting and they are AWESOME!).
Here are Quesadillas with Tortillas de Nopal. You can add anything you want to your quesadillas, we eat them here with queso (cheese) panela or Oaxaca. If you really want to eat authentic try them with squash blossems or huitlacoche (corn smut). You can find it in any grocery store that sells Mexican goods, the canned ones are very good in quesadillas.
Then there is always some sort of bread with fruit jelly. When we were at the ranch just outside of Tequisquiapan the jelly is made from the fruit they grow there. Lunch, as I have demonstrated when explaining the food prepared at my grandmothers, is also three courses almost always starting with soup and ending with dessert. Here in Mexico lunch is not until 2 or 3 pm so a big breakfast is always eaten. Lunch is the biggest meal of the day and is when most people get together. Dinner then is usually pretty late, 9 or 10 pm and is small, perhaps some quesadillas and fruit or some tacos.
I could not have picked a better time to come to Mexico, especially Tequisquiapan. The weather is beautiful here! We swam in the pool during the day and had to wear a light sweater at night.
|Squash with blossoms|
|Freshley picked grapes|