Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Strange and Wonderful Plants and Foods of Mexico

For my birthday we went to a cactus garden.

Besides cactus there are an aweful lot of these yellow-flowered acacia trees. We didn't take much notice of them until the night we went on a little night hike on the trail by the house. We kept passing by something releasing a beautiful perfume. We were searching with our flashlights to find what wonderous flower yielded this fragrance. After a while we figure out that it was the acacia trees. During the day there is no fragrance at all, but at dusk they transform into perfume factories. We love to sleep with the windows open and breath it in.

A quintinsential mexican still life.

Ok this may not look like much but it is. This is a gordita ('a little fat one'). It is a chubby corn tortilla, blue corn in this case, filled with spicey cheese, then cut open and filled with stews of meat, tomatoes, chiles, and sometimes cocoa. I eat them for breakfast every tuesday at the big open air market. My favourite trip each week.

Another delicacy from the Tuesday market, a deep fried whole fish. The teeth on this thing where fierce, we wondered if it was a piranha. Delicious.

1 comment:

  1. Great pictures! Thanks for sharing. It sounds like you both are enjoying the Mexican adventure. The blue yumminess-filled tortialla sounds awesome. Wish I could have one too!

    - Marcelle