Other foods well known to a citizen of El Salvador include: empanadas, tamales, and sopa de pata. Seafood and soup also play a big role in an El Salvadorians’ diet. Food in El Salvador isn’t just something to eat, but it is also a way to see their culture (Hubbard). There are about 6 main festivals or big celebrations in El Salvador. The biggest celebration is Independence Day, which is celebrated on September 15th.
If Mexican culture were a quilt, then the many varied fabric patches that comprise its surface would be meals, the batting would be equal parts family and religion, and the thread used to sew the quilt together would be tradition. The people of Mexico consider mealtimes to be of utmost importance in their culture; however, much like an attractive quilt that lacks proper insulation—pretty, but useless—mealtimes lose much of their meaning without the substance that family and religion provide. Mealtimes in Mexico are a family affair, and immediate families in Mexico are typically multigenerational and tend to be quite large. Unlike most Americans, Mexican meals are almost exclusively had in the home—rather than in restaurants—where they are prepared,
There are three products that constitute the heart of many mexicans dishes which include beans, corn, and chiles. Corn is huge since it can be cooked or roasted to produce many dishes like atole, tamales, and tortillas. Whenever Mexicans eat, they usually eat their foods with chile. There are hundreds of different types of chiles which range from super hot and sweet. Popular food that originate from Mexico worldwide are chocolate, avocados, and pumpkins.
(Transition: I’ve told you about our customs, now I’ll tell you how cuisine play an important part of customs.) II. (MP 2) The Haitian’s Cuisine is a unique form of cooking from the islands, it’s an important role in the tradition. A. (SP 1) Rice and beans are the national dish and Sweet potatoes, manioc, yams, corn, rice, pigeon peas, cowpeas, bread, and coffee are also very common.
Stemming from Mexico, the chili pepper is now one of the key staples in both Chinese and Italian cuisines. The functionality of the chili pepper came from their ability to grow from seeds in most warm climates; and once transplanted there was little need for import. In addition to their flavor, chili peppers provide a variety of health benefits. For example, chili peppers aid in digestion, are rich in vitamins, and can stimulate the metabolism (Columbian Exchange). Traditional Mexican dishes such as chile relleno and chiles en nogada use peppers for stuffing, where as mole poblano uses dried chilies to flavor a thick sauce.
When you enter you can smell the seasoned meat mixed with hot spices and “tortillas”. For me, a true Mexican Taco consists of meat, corn tortillas, and condiments like onions, lime, cilantro, maybe chiles, and either a special green or red sauce (salsa). Now, you may ask, how did this famous dish came to be about? Well that’s where it becomes interesting; tacos were made as a way to make money in Mexico which lead to the spread of this cuisine from Latin American to the United States and caused a modification in the cuisine in order to fulfill other cultures in their preferences. For instance, I’ve visited Guerrero, Mexico twice; one time alone and the second time with my sister and my cousins.
This hot sauce was very famous and went well with a lot of Cajun cuisine back then. However before railroads, tabasco sauce and other foods were shipped over water, but that took several days to several weeks so “exporters, like Edmund McIlhenny, had to preserve food products by traditional means; smoking, salting, or, as with Tabasco, the use of vinegar” (Bienvenu) After
Both cultures are beautiful, so I try to flaunt them equally. Most of my family is bicultural as well, so we are public and proud to share both of our ethnicities within our bloodline. Who is one of the many ways we show our heritage. My grandma will cook juicy carne asada tacos while my mom grills her homemade, classic burgers. Representing several cultures like this gives us options so we can choose what we want and show it off proudly.
When the Spanish conquered Mexico, they tried to impose old world techniques and spices onto the Mexicans. Spain began to introduce new foods into Mexican cuisine, such as wheat, meats, and olive oil. Spain was able to take techniques from mexican cuisine and blend it into their own. Native americans were also looked as like lower class people. Higher social groups like the europeans were trying to convert Native Americans to act and become civilized.
Mexican foods mostly originated from the aztec culture in the 16th century, they tried to bring their own kind of food to the country but they ended up mixing with other cultures. There were a lot of african and asian influences mostly consist of corn and wheat tortillas, also beans, tomatoes, chili peppers, chorizo, and many types of pork. They also have Empanadas which are handheld pasta pockets. Where as us americans eat a lot of things that are not as healthy, we eat a lot of processed foods, byproducts and lots of fatty, sugary foods. There religion mainly revolves around the value of church, Family and inclusiveness.
The culinary history of the Enchiladas dates back to ancient Civilization like the Aztecs and Mayans. Since Tortillas were created by the indigenious people of Mexico many dishes came abroad . Enchiladas were first noted in the Central Valley of Mexico where the indians "wrapped tortillas around small fish or other bits of meat" and "fry the tortilla" 1. Based off this The Enchilada was created and passed on from generation to generation including those immigrating into the United States during the early 1800 's (then being Mexico not the US) Until After the Mexican American war. Where "Mexicans living in the ceded territories became US Citizens".2 Started to experiment with the food they had grown up to love.
Tex-Mex restaurants in Austin are famed for their mix of Texan and Mexican food, yet another example of the multicultural life in Texas. The geographical setting varies throughout the state. From the tall mountains of the Mountains and Basins Region, to the flat plains of the Coastal Plains, along with a wide array of resources and uses for the land, Texas has it all. Texan culture is a mixing pot of Mexican, German, Spanish, and much more. The vastness of Texas provides a wide variety of interesting people and
The colonials of New Spain brought animals such as horses, cattle, goats, sheep, chicken and pigs. Here Pilcher describes the importance of corn and wheat. He uses very descriptive to show Mexico’s elites love towards dishes based on wheat. He also discusses Mexico’s oldest documents of cookbooks, however, the Europeans heavily influenced them. Mole poblano turned out strangely similar to European cooking and wouldn’t have been considered from the
Food from Spain and Latin America After I read chapter 1, “Latino Food Culture” I realized that food from Latin America are different from food from Spain. We can see that the base of Mexican food was laid by the people that domesticated maize. In comparison, the Greeks gave the Spanish cuisine the gift of olives and olive oil. Also, Jews and Carthaginians contributed to the Spanish cuisine rather in Mexico were Aztec and Mayan. The moors brought fruits, nuts, fish which were considered as appetized in Spain, rather in Latin America, beans, chiles, vanilla, chocolate, tomatoes, avocadoes, squash and fruits originated from Mesoamerica were essential to them.
As the Egyptians, Aztecs believed in gods too. But their gods were very different. They thought religion was really important. As they started to farm their main food source was corn (maize), beans, squash and chocolate. They used these to make their “dishes” for example a mixiotes which is rabbit meat with corn and more ingredients.