Mexico: Food and Traditions — By Ben on 27 December 2010
Christmas 2010

Christmas is gone, and now it’s time to start thinking about resolutions, plans and projects for the new year. But before I start doing that, I want to share with you some of the food I enjoyed this season. This is not all the food I ate or the traditional food prepared in Mexico for Christmas, I’m still settling down and my apartment’s kitchen is not apt for cooking or baking, but next year I hope I’m able to cook and bake more of the traditional food of the season. Let’s start with some pictures I took at my friend Michael’s Christmas party. It was so much fun and the food was delicious:

sopes

chestnuts

tamales

tree

candles

My family doesn’t celebrate Christmas. However, I told them I was going to make a “special” dinner on Christmas Eve. In Mexico it’s a tradition to have a big dinner on Christmas Eve around midnight to receive Christmas. What I made wasn’t very big or fancy, but I really enjoyed cooking for them and had a great time at their house eating and watching movies. The menu was:

I really couldn’t take many pictures of what I made. When I cook dinners like this I need to hire a photographer, hehe, but here are two so  you see a little bit of how things went:

yule_log

mesa

How was your Christmas? I hope you had a wonderful one with your family, friends and loved ones. And now it’s time to start thinking about the new year. What are your plans and resolutions? I have many and being here in Mexico has opened a lot of possibilities for my blogging life. Some of the plans and resolutions I have for the new year that concern this blog are:

  • Start a new series of posts about markets in Mexico, their food and how to emulate it easily at home.
  • Be more active in the blogosphere. This has been difficult because of the job I had and the time I was spending commuting.
  • Join some of the local cooking and food groups of the city, like Slow Food.
  • Take a course or two on traditional Mexican cooking, I’m even thinking about culinary school, but that will be in the future.

2011 will be a better year, I can feel that. So I wish you all a happy and delicious New Year and Buen Provecho!

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grew up around food. His family owned a restaurant in Mexico City and he spent a big deal of his childhood helping and learning after school the art of creating delicious dishes from simple ingredients. He created this blog to share his kitchen adventures with the world.

(11) Readers Comments

  1. You seem to have had a wonderful Xmas!

    The food and atmosphere looks lovely.

    Cheers and Happy New Year,

    Rosa

  2. Great pictures Ben. Everything looks beautiful. Happy holidays.

  3. This sounds like a super fun Christmas Ben! More and more I think simple and low stress is the way to go. So long as there's good food, of course!

  4. The Yule Log looks gorgeous!! I can see that your Christmas was different this year, but being with Family is different. I have not done that for many many years. Have a wonderful season. And I bet you will have a very very good year ahead. Wishing you all your wishes come true.. Hugs

    Soma

    (and I wish we can visit Mexico sometimes. we were planning this year during Christmas! but decided to stay home instead. :-) )

  5. My new year's resolution is to prepare traditional mexican food at least twice per week!

  6. That's it!

    Your family needs to adopt me! Sure, I'm not an orphan, nor the usual adopting age, but OMG everything always looks so GOOD!

    …and a Merry (late) Christmas to you! :)

  7. Nice post. And I particularly like the resolution to write more about Mexican markets. This faithful fan will be looking forward to that. Warm wishes for a peaceful, loving, healthy, prosperous 2011.

  8. All your dishes look beautiful! Looking forward to new posts about your new adventures in the new year!

  9. Hi Ben! This is my first visit to your blog, and I'm excited to have found it. I LOVE Mexican food (well, the versions of it available here in the States). I'm looking forward to exploring your posts and recipes for new ideas. I also lived in Columbus for a couple of years before moving to the west coast. I'm originally from Marion, OH, not far to the north of Columbus. Anyway, good luck in the new year, and keep inspiring us with your food!

  10. That Yule log is amazing! Looking forward to seeing more of you in the blogosphere next year.

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