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Mushrooms 

You can eat every kind of mushroom you can find, both wild and domesticated. Unfortunately there are many wild ones you can only eat once. 

This is again part of man’s perseverance with food. Man became a hunter-gatherer and found various curious looking things growing that seemed relatively attractive. “Olaf. What’s that whitish looking thing over there?” “Just a moment, let me have a taste.” Olaf grasped his throat and this was probably followed by a thud as he keeled over. “Guys avoid those little ones but see what those red topped ones with the white spots are like.”

Thud

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Food & language

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There is a word we ALL now use for unwanted emails, messages and postings on our social media. SPAM!

I think I used to enjoy eating it as a kid, but then that was the 1960s and early 70s when you didn’t get much of a choice what you got served to eat. I kind of remember spam fritters with some fondness.

I was quite surprised to see it on the shelf of the supermarket I use here in Monterrey – there’s even a spicy version “a la mexicana” now. Having tried it, and the original, after so many years I was really disappointed. It was awful. I didn’t realise just how bad the stuff is as well as being incredibly greasy.

So. Why don’t we like Spam? Here’s the reason.

Día de los Reyes Magos

img_3007Today is a big day in Mexico as the Día de los Reyes Magos, or Three Kings Day, is celebrated.

It’s a day that is just as important as Christmas Day really as it celebrates the day when the 3 Wise Men arrived to give the gold, myrrh and Frankenstein, sorry frankincense. It’s also the day when most Mexican children in the middle and south of the country receive their presents, just as in some European countries.

For this day there is a special celebration bread called Rosca de Reyes, a ring shaped bread topped with candied fruits, nuts and sugar or whatever the baker in each region of Mexico adds plus somewhere inside, a little gift – the monito. If you are lucky enough to win and find the monito then on February 2nd, Día de Candelaria, you have to supply tamales to everyone who you have shared the bread with. I will post something about this next month.

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The monito you might find in your piece of rosca.

New Year’s food 

A dish that’s very popular on New Year’s Day here in Monterrey is Something called Menudo. It’s not a dish I really care for. 

It’s a find of soup made with cows’ stomach (a kind of tripe I guess) onion, lots of red chilli and plenty of cilantro. It’s a typically Norteño dish enjoyed on the first day of the year as well as other times, especially in the mornings due to its restorative powers to remove the crudo or previous night’s revelry.