Monday, September 15, 2014

Mexican Meal

We lived 90 miles from the Mexican border for a long time and the food around us was influenced by this proximity. Our favorite restaurant served food from Mexico city. Today I have put together a meal inspired by this restaurant - #25 Green Corn Tamale platter.


For about five years before we left Arizona, anytime we wanted to celebrate with a meal in a restaurant we went for this platter.


I recreated the platter with green corn tamales, enchiladas in verde sauce, refried black beans, Mexican rice and a simple salsa. All of these dishes go very well together and make a delicious and tasty meal. The day I cooked this meal everyone kept peeking into the kitchen asking if I was done. I made them wait until I got the pictures. Once I had pictures of the meal I started with individual pictures. I clicked the tamales last with 3-4 tamales and asked the family to start dinner. They waited impatiently asking how much longer I would take. Luckily all the pictures worked out. I had no time to check before the food was all gone.


No new ingredients in this meal but I hit a snag when I tried to make Mexican fudge for dessert. I cooked the dessert while I made the other dishes. The rest of the meal turned out great but the texture of the fudge was way off. It tasted alright but I knew I had to make it again. I took pictures of the meal with the bad batch with the promise to myself to make it again so I could post the recipe. I tried it again and this time the texture was fine but it was runny. It did not set. My family was willing to eat it as is but I could not take pictures of runny fudge. And so I tried to fix it by reheating it, adding a little sugar and chocolate chips. And finally I got it right.


I learnt my lesson and for all meals after this one I made the dessert before I did anything else.

As they say in Mexico, Buen Provecho!

Here are the recipes for the dishes on the menu
An for dessert


This is my entry for the letter M for BM #44 for the theme Around the world in 30 Days. Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#44.





12 comments:

  1. Every dish on that Mexican platter looks delicious. You have captured the Mexican fudge beautifully in the second attempt...

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  2. That is one delightful platter, Varada. Now hopping on to individual posts to check out the dishes.

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  3. One of my favourite meal, i can die for this beautiful dishes, that fudge is torturing me.

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  4. LOVE Mexican food any time. Your choice of dishes is just amazing, love everything in that picture AND love the presentation as well.

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  5. You must be having so much of patience to redo that fudge , fudge looks really decadent and sinful , I wud have grabbed some if I can :) wonderful spread again varada :) keep up the good work !! I know how time consuming it is to prepare such an spread , you are doing great job !!

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  6. Wow Varada what a beautiful spread you have made..I enjoy Mexican food, though I might say it might be more indianised. anyway I felt the Mexican tastes much like our Indian..

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  7. Delicious spread of Mexican meal.

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  8. I can is one of my favorite and I am loving each and every dish you have cooked. The fudge pics are so awesome..fantastic.

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  9. Fantastic spread of dishes, Varada. I love the enchiladas the best. The fudge looks very tempting as well.

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  10. what a great spread. I tried making Mexican fudge few months back and had problems also. Your final version looks perfect

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  11. Wonderful spread varada, that tamales are pulling me!!! Lovely spread and i can understand why the family was peeking into the kitchen while you were cooking!!! I m loving that board also!! :)

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  12. Wow Varada wonderful spread. Love it Now I want to try it out.

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