I absolutely adore traveling and I've had the privilege to travel to many places throughout Europe as a group leader for high school students. Of course, as a teacher, my salary doesn't give me a ton of flexibility to travel on my own.
So far this summer, I have been DYING to go somewhere. I'm talking looking up plane tickets on the reg, researching hostels, and just gazing longingly at pictures! But since I don't have the funds to splurge on an amazing trip, I've decided to bring the world into my own little kitchen here in Greensboro, NC! I'm currently challenging myself to cook more and since I don't really like doing anything unless it's creative, I've decided to add my own little twist! So for the next few weeks, I will be cooking around the world, week by week, and incase the picture didn't give it away, the first stop on my journey is down south, to Mexico!
Most Americans are familiar with some form of Mexican food. It's a pretty popular cuisine throughout the world due to it's earthy flavors and simple ingredients. However, often times, the Mexican food we eat here in the US has been Americanized to the point that it would be unrecognizable to most natives. You'll understand this if you've ever gone to your local Mexican restaurant and every dish you try tastes the same. (Hint: It's because most Americanized Mexican foods consists of the same ingredients - red sauce, beans, rice, hamburger, and tortillas).
Everything I eat this week may not be truly authentic but I want to journey into some truly traditional ingredients from Mexico. What I love about Mexican cuisine is the use of so many fresh ingredients. Cilantro, tomatoes, avocados, jalapeños, lime... the list goes on and on! And there are so many different ways to combine these simple ingredients into some pretty tasty dishes!
So as I sit here on my couch in the Boro, imagining myself walking the streets of Mexico City, exploring the smells and tastes of true Mexico, I hope you will stay tuned for some exciting new recipes, fun facts about Mexico, and a Chopped-Style Kitchen Sink Challenge later this week!