Cook with your soul and spirit

Cook with your soul and spirit

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Mexico’s Zapotecs are an indigenous community living in Oaxaca, Mexico. Before Spanish colonization, Zapotecan civilization was a thriving epicenter of food, culture and tradition. Today, chef Abigail Mendoza is on a mission to keep those traditions alive by cooking the food of her ancestors. All the dishes she cooks—including pre-hispanic mole, stuffed chiles with Oaxaca cheese and atole—are made using ancient techniques. Recognized by the world’s best chefs for her dishes, she hopes to keep the food of her ancestors alive and thriving.

Vocabulary chunks to learn from video

  • An indigenous group
  • Pre-colonial era
  • Keep their traditions alive
  • She has become world-famous
  • Keeping the traditional ways of cooking alive
  • A Corn-based sauce
  • She cooks chilies directly on coals
  • Foods that were eaten thousands of years ago

Map of Oaxaca :

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Live it to believe it

Live it to believe it

[Matador Network]

To be Young – Lyrics

Oh it was white sand and deep blue waves
We were running up to shore
Sun glints on sparkling faces
I don’t feel or see anymore
To be young

We’re just leaves, leaves, floating on down the stream
My job, my house, my car, my whole social scene
So high are the stakes, every move we make
Sends us down, down, down in that stream

Here in the only life I know
Those summer days rush out like warm air from my lungs
That’s just the way the story goes
All I’ve learned I still wish I didn’t know
All I didn’t know, oh, when we were young

When I was young I told myself I’d keep my friends
They were good and I was true, didn’t need to end
Oh how they’ve risen they fallen
Like the sun circles round
Guess I’ve done just as well as anyone
Hard to accept it, I’m just anyone

But here in this only life I know
Those summer days rush out like water from the lawn
It’s just the way the story goes
Stand in line now and talk about the day
When we were young

My conscious could’ve sunbathed
Every day in my bright blue mind
Now it’s crowded with guilt and purpose and
I just want it all aligned

Here in the only life I know
Not taking orders I don’t know which way to go
That’s just the way the story goes
And I’ll be damned if I’m to live it out alone
Here in the only life I know
With any waste of time it hits so close to home
It’s just the way the story goes
And I’ll be damned if I’m to live it out alone
I won’t live it out alone

We’re just leaves, leaves, floating on down the stream
My job my house my clothes my whole social scene
So high are the stakes
So high are the stakes, every move we make
Sends us down, down, down in that stream
And one day, one day, one bright clear day
I think we all might just disappear
Sink on down in that river cold and clear, my dear
On down like leaves in an icy stream
On down like leaves to the bottom of an icy stream

Artist: Tall Heights – Album: Rafters (EP)

[songlyrics.com]

Chili, chile or chilli?

Chili, chile or chilli?

[Marks & Spencer]

Vocabualry chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • There is a huge variety out there
  • The heat is measured on Scoville scale
  • Some go to a million and beyond
  • A mild variety
  • Fresh or when it is dried
  • A versatile ingredient
  • It smells sweet and delicious
  • Vegetarian and rice dishes
  • Earthy sweet raisin like flavor
  • Spicy chilli variety
  • Barbequed meat or prawns
  • Put it on your cheese board for a little twist
  • It’s got  a lovely smoky depth of flavor
  • Vegetarian cooking
  • Use them to add another dimension to your cooking
The three primary spellings are chili, chile and chilli, all of which are recognized by a wide variety of dictionaries.
Chili is widely used, although in much of South America the plant and its fruit are better known as ají, locoto, chile, or rocoto. However, this spelling is discouraged by some in the United States, since it also commonly refers to the popular Southwestern American dish — also known as chili con carne (literally chili with meat) — as well as to the mixture of cumin and other spices (chili powder) used to flavor it. Chili powder and chile powder, on the other hand, can both refer to dried, ground chili peppers.
Chile is an alternate usage, the most common Spanish spelling in Mexico, as well as some parts of the United States and Canada, which refers specifically to the plant and its fruit. In the American southwest (particularly northern New Mexico), chile also denotes a thick, spicy, un-vinegared sauce, which is available in green and red varieties and is quite often served over numerous types of New Mexican cuisine.
Chilli was the original Romanization of the Náhuatl language word for the fruit and preferred British spelling according to the Oxford English Dictionary, although it also listschile and chili as variants. This spelling is discouraged by some, since it would be pronounced differently in the Spanish language, into which it was first Romanized.
Despite the country’s mapped shape resembling a chile pepper, the name of this plant bears no relation to Chile, the country, which is named after the Quechua chin (“cold”), tchili (“snow”), or chilli (“where the land ends”). Chile is one of the Spanish-speaking countries where chiles are known as ají, a word of Taíno origin. READ MORE @ Eatmorechiles.com

 

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A cup of Mexican coffee

A cup of Mexican coffee

 

Learn how to make this Mexican classic that will add a kick to your coffee routine. The blend of spices and cocoa perfectly complement the coffee, resulting in a delicious beverage.

 [Starbucks Coffee]