I grew up in the outskirts of Mexico City watching my grandmother cook wonderful Mexican traditional dishes and prepare staples like salsas and tortillas from scratch so the house was always full with the aromas coming from the kitchen.
When my grandma wasn’t cooking she was knitting or sewing all while listening in a transistor radio the “radionovelas” (basically “telenovelas” radio-version) or Chepina Peralta’s show, a reknown chef that taught a few generations how to cook through her radio and tv shows.
Since very young, I started collecting recipes as a hobby. Using an old typewriter I made sure to preserve some of my grandma’s favourite recipes like “Guajillo pepper Enchiladas”. I bought many cooking magazines which I keep in binders (something weird for a teenager?). When I moved to Canada I left in Mexico my magazines’ collection but I brought with me some of the recipes I love the most and remind me of my biggest teacher.
Over the last few years I’ve been trying to move into a plant-based diet, which is not easy coming from a culture where eating meat is celebrated and we have a vast culinary tradition with some of the most complex and wonderful recipes. In this blog I will share many recipes which traditionally have been made using meat (for my carnivore friends) and some ideas on how to turn them into vegetarian plates for those of you like me trying to break with old habits.
Who doesn’t love a good home-cooked meal? Flavors can take you to places and across time, you can remember a beloved trip, your childhood, or important milestones of your life.
As part of my Latino background I had a huge influence on Mexican flavors, thanks to my mom and my grandmothers, I was able to explore multiple traditional dishes like Pozole, Tamales, Enchiladas, a huge variety of stews and desserts. I truly believe that when you cook with love the food tastes better.
I’ve been always curious about trying new things, and living in Mexico City there was always a new street vendor or a nice spot waiting for you to give it a try. I moved to Canada in 2013 and my curiosity met a spectrum of new cultures, traditions, and flavors that helped me in my journey of experimenting with different types of cuisine but also value and cherish my own heritage and sometimes by cause of distance forced me to re-create some of the wonderful things I left behind in Mexico.
That is where my new journey started, not only tasting restaurants, food trucks or festival eats but a new stage in my life as a self-taught home-cook, challenging but also thrilling. I see this as an adventure but I’m not alone I would like to share with everyone in my life and also with anyone who shares the same passion of feeding your soul.
As Bob Ross said: “We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents.”