Tastes of Mexico

Tastes of Mexico

What do you know about Mexico? Will did you know there are over 50 native tongues spoken today in rural locations. Spanish is the national language of Mexico. Mexico is also the most populated Spanish-speaking country in the world.

What do you know about the avocado, tomatoes, and chocolate? Descendants of the Aztecs speak a form of the Aztec language called Nahuatl (nah-watt-uhl). Many words of the Aztec’s have been translated and passed on to the English language, which the words tomato, chocolate, and avocado come from.

Mountain highest elevation in MexicoWhat is the highest elevation Mexico and when was Mexico City founded? Mexico has the highest elevation which is Pico de Orizaba at 18,490 feet and Mexico City is the oldest city founded in 1521 or 1325 if you count the Aztecs. It is also one of the largest cities in the world.

monarch butterflies in MichoacánMonarch butterflies migrate to Mexico every year from the U.S. and Canada to the forests of the state of Michoacán .

The first printing press in North America was brought to Mexico City from Spain in 1539.

Harvard University is the oldest university in North America. Wrong!! The National University of Mexico, known in Mexico as UNAM, was founded in 1551 by Charles V of Spain, and is the oldest university in North America. Harvard was founded later in 1636.

Did you also know Cinco de Mayo or May 5th is not a major holiday in Mexico? In the state of Puebla, the date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín. Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day—the most important national patriotic holiday in Mexico—which is celebrated on September 16 (Wikipedia).

What do you know about Mexican cousin?  We have another blog guest to tell us about it. Her name is Norma and she is native to Mexico. She was born in the Baja of Mexico in a town called Rosarito.

The posts of Norma’s conversations will begin May. 4th till May. 8, 2014, and she will be speaking about the foods of Mexico. She’ll be talking about Chicken Quesadillas, Fresh Tomato Salsa, Guacamole, Margaritas and more.

So please join Splendid Recipes and More with Norma for the Tastes of Mexico!!

Link here for first post: Mexican vs. Tex-Mex: What is the Difference?

 

Image credits:

Header Image credit: lwzfoto / 123RF Stock Photo

Image of Mexico City Cancun 360

Image of Monarchs: Scott Clark

Source of Facts about Mexico: Cancun 360

 

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Mexican Huevos Divorciados

Huevos Divorciados

Mexican cuisine is a mix of indigenous Mesoamerican cooking with European, especially Spanish, elements added after the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire in the 16th century. The basic food ingredients remain the same, or what is native to the culture, such as corn, beans and chili peppers, but the Europeans introduced a large number of other foods, which were meat from domesticated animals (beef, pork, chicken, goat and sheep), dairy products (especially cheese) and various herbs and spices.

With the introduction of the chicken, came the egg and in turn the modern day breakfast that is called Huevos divorciados, which  is Spanish for divorced eggs. It’s a breakfast mostly found in Mexico City and features two fried eggs separated by a column of refried beans. In some homes of Mexico they will replace the beans with chilaquiles. Typically, one egg is covered in salsa roja or red salsa, while the other is covered in salsa verde or green salsa.

Here is what you will need for the featured recipe:

½ cup avocado oil – smoke point 500 degrees- (you can use vegetable oil, but is high in omega-6 which is inflammation causing to the body, olive oil has a low smoke point -350 degrees-)

2 corn tortillas

2 large eggs

¼ cup green salsa

¼ cup red salsa

½ cup pinto or black beans, cooked

step by step Huevos Devorciados

Place a small frying pan on medium high and heat oil. With a pair of cooking tongs dip tortillas one at a time to fry, but not crisp; about 1 to 1 ½ minutes. Allow oil to drip off and place onto plate. Allow tortillas to overlap each other.

Remove all but a small amount of oil from pan. Return pan to heat and crack both eggs into pan. Place lid over eggs and cook sunny side up style; about 2 to 3 minutes. Turn eggs onto tortillas, making sure egg is lying in center.

Next spoon beans over top of eggs, also centering the beans over the eggs. On one side of the beans, spoon on the red salsa. Next spoon the green salsa on the other side.

Recipe is for 1 swerving. Follow the instructions doubling ingredients to serve 2.

 

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