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Last week I was invited
Despite the fact I’d been on several food tours in Mexico and generally eaten an obscene amount during my four months here, I’d yet to actually cook Mexican food for myself.
Well, sometimes I eat avocado off tostadas in my kitchen because toast isn’t really a thing here. But I’m not sure this makes me chef of the year, to be honest?
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Who are Aura Cocina Mexicana?
The other chefs, Lore and Krystal, are all family members with culinary training and together, they help guests experience Mexican cuisine from their kitchen in the Roma neighbourhood of Mexico City.
I took the Authentic Mexican cooking class but there are also salsa, street taco, vegan, breakfast and seafood classes depending on your preferences.
An intro to Mexican food
We arrived at the cooking studio in Roma where we were greeted with guava juice and an intro to Mexican cuisine.
And what intro to Mexican food could start with anything but corn?
As the Mexicans would say ‘no
We headed across the road to a traditional family-run
Since there were a few hours to wait before eating lunch, we stopped for a quick street snack. Blue corn quesadillas are tortillas made from blue corn, folded over and stuffed with cheese and other ingredients. We had them with Oaxaca cheese and flor de
We also had a quick tamale, another of my favourite Mexican foods. Tamales are steamed corn masa served inside corn husks and stuffed with meat and salsa. We had dessert-style pink ones!
A local market visit
We headed to Mercado Medellin, the biggest and busiest market in Roma, to pick up ingredients for our cooking class. We learnt about different types of chilli pepper, sampled some Mexican fruits like zapote chico, and turned up the fear levels by trying local insects like flying ants and grasshoppers. Only for the brave!
Let the cooking commence
We headed back to the Aura Cocina Mexicana kitchen which was all set up ready for us to cook.
During a four-course dinner with a little (ok, a lot) of help from the team, we made…
Pre-Hispanic tamales (mextlpiques)
Tamales are one of the oldest Mexican foods, eaten for 5,000 years. However, we learnt that until Spaniards brought pork and other meats to Mexico City, the locals would have been predominantly vegetarian. Because Mexico City sits within a lake bed, they make also have had fish, but no red meat or poultry.
For these Mextlpiques which would once have been made with fish and cheese, we roasted vegetables and steamed them inside their husks with a little cheese. They were so healthy and tasty, plus they’d be easy to make at home.
If you’ve watched any of my Instagram stories in recent months, you’ll know how much I love mole!
Usually, it’s a rich brown sauce made with chocolate and chilli, but for this class we were making white mole with peanuts, almonds, pine nuts, chilli, anise, golden almonds and chicken stock.
We ate it drizzled over meat from the same chicken that the stock had come from. I love that nothing was wasted during the class (especially not with me around!). Despite the lengthy process and long list of ingredients that went into the dish, it was well worth the effort.
I love these little bitesize morsels which are usually served as a Mexican appetizer. They’re made with corn dough, just like tacos, but are usually smaller and thicker, topped with ingredients of your choice. We went for frijoles (bean paste), cheese and lettuce, a popular Mexican combo.
Who knew that corn in cake could be delicious? Not I.
For dessert, we made fresh corn cake from corn kernels, butter, cream and sugar. It probably wasn’t healthy but corn’s a vegetable so I’m counting it as one of my five a day.
We ate it served with an edible petal and mug of Oaxacan hot chocolate. The perfect end to a tasty Mexican meal!
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– EatWith – your one-stop for Mexico food tours, cooking classes and hosted meals with local chefs and foodies.
– Viator’s excellent Mexico City markets tour and Colonia Roma food tour
Thanks for reading!
While I was hosted by Aura Cocina Mexicana, all options are my own.
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See you next time for more adventures,