All posts tagged: mexican

Tequila Dinner Pairing at Mestizo

A few weeks ago I was invited to a Mexican restaurant called Mestizo in North London, for an evening of tequila and food pairing. Tequila seems to have a bit of a ‘Marmite’ appeal in the UK, most likely because us Brits like to knock back the shots, which I think has potentially cheapened what is a high quality and traditional spirit. That said, I didn’t know a huge amount about tequila, so I was keen to learn more. And having the largest selection on display in the UK (260+ and counting), Mestizo seemed like a good place to do this! We started with the classic frozen margarita before moving on to a selection of Don Fulano tequilas, while being given an introduction to the production methods and types of tequilas. Tequila takes from 7-10 years to produce, unlike many other spirits such as rum and vodka) which can be made on a yearly basis. It is made from the Blue Agave plant that grows principally in the State of Jalisco and takes its name from …

A Quick & Easy Guacamole Recipe!

The other day we were making chicken fajitas for dinner, and I thought I’d make guacamole. I’ve never been a huge fan of avocados, but I enjoy guacamole when it has the other ingredients mixed in. I first tried ‘proper’ guacamole during a work trip to LA, where the Mexican food is just incredible. We would always go to Rosa Mexicano in downtown LA, close to the convention centre, and the chef would make the guacamole right at your table!     Saveur Magazine said it was ‘the best guacamole’ they had ever had and  Martha Stewart said it was ‘the best guacamole in the world’. High praise indeed. And I have to agree! My guacamole recipe is simple, quick and easy, but tastes so good! I don’t include tomatoes in mine as I’m not a big fan of raw tomatoes. Ingredients 4 avocados 1 red chilli 1 clove of garlic or a spoonful of lazy garlic A dash of olive oil A dash of tabasco sauce A squeeze of lime Salt and pepper to …

A Homemade Mexican Breakfast – Huevos Rancheros

One of the best things about the business trips to LA and San Francisco at my last job were the amazing breakfasts! As I’ve mentioned on this blog before, the Mexican food there is incredible, and nothing here in the UK that I’ve tried so far compares to it. My favourite breakfast was Huevos Rancheros – fried eggs served on corn tortillas, topped with a tomato and chilli sauce, often served with refried beans, mexican-style rice, and slices of avocado or guacamole. Last weekend, we had a go at making them at home, with a Food Network recipe. It was delicious, if a little indulgent for breakfast!     Ingredients One can whole peeled tomatoes, undrained 1/4 cup fresh coriander leaves, plus more for garnish 1/4 cup diced yellow onion 1 large clove garlic, peeled and smashed 1 jalapeno pepper (seeded if desired) 1/2 teaspoon salt 5 ounces cured chorizo, casings removed, diced Vegetable oil Four 6-inch corn tortillas, plus more for serving, optional One can refried beans, optional 4 large eggs 1 avocado, pitted, peeled and diced, for …