As we head down to Mexico, all that was going through my mind was, please let me find something that wasn’t chilli (although this dish has been adopted by the Mexicans, according to my research – and we always assume it is from Mexico) – Tacos or fajitas…it’s not that we don’t like these things, but wanted to cook something very traditional to Mexico and not something we cook routinely but just as tasty but that we hadn’t had before..
United Mexican States is known to us as “Mexico” and belongs to North America as a federal republic. Mexico is the 5th largest country in the Americas and being almost two million square kilometres which is over 760,000 sq mi. It is also the 13th largest independent nation in the world, the 11th most populated country with an estimated 120 million inhabitants. The majority of the people speaking Spanish. Its capital is Mexico city and the largest city. It has one of the world’s largest and most diversified economies, with an abundance of natural resources such as silver and oil.
Mexico was once home to many civilisations such as the Aztec, Maya and Toltec. The Spanish Empire colonised and occupied the area around 1521 until 1821, which then saw the area became Mexico following identification of the colonies independence. Unfortunately economic instability fell upon Mexico. However,eventually, in 1917 the countries current political system arose.
Mexican cuisine should not, ever, be confused with Tex-Mex cuisine which in certain parts of the US and Canada is called Mexican Food. Mexican food was initially a beautiful fusion of native Mesoamerican cooking, with influences from Europe, especially the Spanish elements that came to be after Aztec Empire was conquered in the 16th century. The fundamental staples are indigenous foods such as beans, chilli peppers and corn. The Europeans introduced foods too, but importantly were the meats which are eaten from animals – poultry,beef,goat, pork and sheep – cheeses and lots of herbs and spices. The Spanish did try to levy their own diet and food on the country, but failed, and ultimately the cooking methods and foods became mixed and eventually Asian and African foods were introduced.
Real Mexican food is quite unlike the dishes found in most Tex-Mex and Mexican restaurants in many other countries. I am told if you stick to a few simple and customary dishes that are almost always fantastic and not too spicy. You’ll find values much higher than if you search the menus for something familiar, and today/this evening is what is what I intended to do this evening and find a family dinner that wasn’t what were used to, something different and something tasty…….Mexican Meatball Soup. The recipe looked simple and perfect for a weekday evening meal with the family.