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Mexican cooking class - final day

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Today was day 3, the final day of the cooking class. After not such a great day yesterday I was a little apprehensive about what today would bring but the items on the menu were much more to my taste. No frying today! Yeah! Yesterday we made tamales which were steamed for 4 hours this morning.

We started out making the rice with the salsa verde crude we made on day 1. I loved this - the tomatillos gave it a very fresh taste. Topped with avocado and boiled egg

Next one of the ladies made the meatballs and the instructor made the chipolte sauce for Albondigas en chipolte. The meatballs had a chunk of boiled egg inside (what is it with boiled eggs??) The sauce was nice but I didn't really like the meatballs that much as they weren't seasoned at all and the egg was weird to me.

Next the assistant made Timbal Azteca - a layered dish with maize tortillas, mole sauce, chicken, cream, raisins, acitron (a sweet cactus product, liked candied peel you would use in fruit cake) and cheese

Ready to go into the oven


While the timbale was in the oven we made Pescado ala Veracruzana, using the salsa ranchero from day 1 and adding some yellow carribe, olives and red peppers. This was my favorite dish and I had seconds :)

My plate:
tamele, rice, meatball and fish

While we were eating he showed us how to make cochinita pibil - pork in a spicy red (achiote) sauce wrapped in banana leaves and cooked in the oven for about 40 minutes

All done

Ready to be chopped up and eaten in tortillas with red onions and chiltepin soaked in white vinegar and water

With 2 dishes being cooked in the oven it allowed for more time to make dishes today. I actually ate my fill today as I liked the food. I will definitely try to make the fish at home and maybe even the pork dish.

Yesterday I felt this class was a waste of time and money but after today I feel a lot better about it. If all 3 days had been like today it would have been so much better.

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    Well you certainly had a variety over the 3 days. It was interesting learning about some of the different dishes, thank you.

    2370 days ago
    So glad you had one day that was decent and you enjoyed the foods. Sure looks like too much work for me to prepare. But very interesting.
    Thanks so much for the photos and for sharing. Really enjoy seeing what you learned.
    Have a terrific day.
    2376 days ago
    Such interesting ways to cook! And what do you think of the MOLE sauce? Isn't that like a chocolate sauce? or cocoa? I am not sure about that? Everything else looks rather interesting!
    2377 days ago
    Yum, use that salsa verde with green rice or poach fish in it, and you have a healthy winner! The pork didnt look so bad either.....
    2377 days ago
    Funny, yesterday's blog was more of what my family cooks especially my Grandma, but today's not so much. The mole for sure though. Now I want to go see my Grandma this weekend, lol.
    2377 days ago
  • IRP1114
    Thanks for letting me know you got the final class blog up. Very interesting. Believe it or not the only dish familiar to me as in eaten it an prepared is the fish. I have heard of the pork one many times but have never seen it prepared so I have never eaten it or attempted to cook it myself. I am sure my dad has though. He probably serves it at his restaurant. He has a bigger variety of foods he pprepares as he does catering in and out of the state of Jalisco. The rice I have seen it served with the egg like that but most people in my family don't do eggs so much like that. Albondigas is typically in a clear broth with lots of veggies. I have never seen it with the egg in it or in a red sauce. Interesting! For sure this must be something typical for the state you are in. Oh and the onions is a very common topping for us. I like to put lime on it as well instead of vinegar. Oh! And that is what you would see on my enchiladas not cream. Lots of lettuce and lots of onions and maybe a sprinkle of cotija cheese if I have it. So glad you got at least a couple of useful recipes out of the class :-)!
    It is funny how each part of Mexico can cook some similar dishes so differently. I remember when we drove through to visit in 04 it was always an adventure eating in each state as we drove through :-)! (the worst was when we got stuck in a tini town close to the border on the way back. Long story lol) Good night! Thanks again for sharing :-)
    2377 days ago
    Interesting. Still not much to my taste.
    2377 days ago
    I have somewhat of an obsession with all things Mexican, so this is really cool for me to read. Thank you! All the food looks delicious :)
    2377 days ago
    Wow! Thatsa lotta food! I know what you mean about the egg thing. They do that in Spain a lot also.

    2377 days ago
    Everything looks good! I don't think I would like eggs in my meatballs either!
    2377 days ago
    2377 days ago
    How cool to learn Mexican cooking, even if it's not all to your taste.
    2377 days ago
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