Pestle and Mortar

The Pestle and Mortar known as the “Molcajete” in Spanish, is a wonderful addition to your kitchenware.

A brief history

If your like me, you want authenticity and quality, right? Why would we want something less for the same price? Taking this into consideration, how about something handmade, or better yet, handmade by real artisans from Mexico, who have been making them since pre-Hispanic times? That’s thousands of years of authenticity embedded into the making of the “molcajete.”

During the last Ice Age people survived by hunting and gathering. The animals ate the grass, and the people ate the animals. When temperatures finally reached the 70-80 degrees, rainfall increased and other plants began to grow. This led to the consumption of plants such as beans, corn, chilies, avocados, tomatoes, tomatillos and other native plants. This in turn, led to the creation of new food preparation tools such as the pestle and mortar.

It is also believed that it was used for the burial of members of high society. Awesome right? Well maybe not, but we’re not going to use them for that. For more on these topics see the Florentine Codex: General History of the Things of New Spain.

Easy to Make Salsa

We all know that there are several ways to make salsa, but there are only a couple ways to make the real deal. You know where I’m going with this, and yes the molcajete has a way of preserving the flavor of the ingredients crushed in it. (For tips on how to cure click here.) Try this easy to make and delicious jalapeño salsa.

  • 4-5 jalapeños
  • 1 tomato
  • salt to taste

Toast the jalapeños and tomato over direct heat until hot and fragrant. (Depending on the intensity of the flame maybe 3-5 minutes.) There May be a unique technique to crushing the vegetable, but I’m sure you’ll figure this one out. Next add some salt to self taste preference level and enjoy with some “tostadas” or on a juicy taco.

Let’s not forget there are a million ways to make salsa. I have to say, guacamole with pico de gallo is my personal favorite.

The Everything Mexican Promise

Here at Everything-Mexican.com we believe in honesty, integrity, and transparency. The products, such as the molcajete, are products we recommend and use ourselves. WE DO get paid a commission every time someone, such as yourself, clicks one of our links to buy any product from the direct vendors (See Affiliate Disclosure for more info). However, this is at NO EXTRA COST to you. That arraignment is between Everything-Mexican and the vendors.

The TLP Mortar and Pestle

We recommend the TLP (The Latin Products) Mortar & Pestle,                         

because of it’s quality, authenticity and uniqueness. Quality because it’s made out of lava rock and looks amazing and original. Authentic because it’s handmade by Mexican Artisans, and unique because it’s handmade where there will never be two exactly the same.

With this in mind Everything-Mexican gives the TLP Mortar & Pestle the “Es Gud” thumbs up. Thank you for reading, and I encourage you to leave a comment or email me at fernando@everything-mexican.com with any questions or concerns.

 

 

 

 

The Mexican Poncho

The poncho has become an international icon in the world of fashion, but where did it come from? How did it arrive in Mexico and the United States?

 

The Mexican Poncho

To some the term “Mexican Poncho” may come across as offensive; since, it didn’t originate in Mexico. Natives from the Andean Mountains predating the Spanish arrivals are credited with that privilege. Pre-Incan cultures dating back over 2500 years are believed to have worn the beautiful garment.

After the arrival of the Spanish the Mapuche scattered their population throughout central Chile and surrounding areas. They were farmers, fishers and hunters; they weaved the wool from llamas into fine fabrics including the poncho. They traded their goods with the Incas from the north. Its safe to assume that this was the way the poncho was introduced to Mexico.

The Military Poncho

In its simplest form its just a blanket with a whole in the middle; but, it can be designed with intricate knitting patterns and fabrics. The U.S. Military integrated the poncho with a waterproof latex coat from India. With its waterproof properties and unique design it shielded soldiers from the harsh elements.

Since the 1800s the poncho was worn by the military forces. By the end of World War l prior to World War ll it was significantly improved. Following experimental testing in the Panama jungles it was found that it was extremely useful for survival and other tactical purposes. Being part of the famous ghillie suit, snipers use it for advanced camouflage techniques. It has remained a standard issued piece of U.S. Military equipment.

The Fashion Poncho

There are many types of ponchos nowadays. There’re the ones that ward off the rain and wind and the ones used for fashion. In the past they were mostly used by prominent men, but in the world of fashion women have embraced its colorful and stylish attributes.

The International Day of the Poncho

On the 27th in Boyaca, Colombia they celebrate the Day of the Poncho. The local artisans display their works of art to people from around the world. Weighing more than 1500 pounds they hold the record for the world’s largest poncho.

Why Mexicans love it.

Mexicans are extremely proud of their culture. You will forever see the poncho embedded into their traditions; and the reason they love it is the same reason why the rest of the world loves it: its warm and pretty so get yours today or just leave a comment and tell us what you think.

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Norteño Music

     Norteño music has a long history dating back to the Mexican Revolution. The accordion is what gives it flavor. “No accordion no Norteño.” Thats what the older folks will tell you.

     Even though the instrument comes from the other side of the world it came to Mexico to stay.

     Corridos (at least today) are the most popular type of music you will hear with the accordion. Polkas, huapangos, boleros, rancheras and cumbias are others that gave the accordion its popularity.

     This type of accordion (in the picture) is the most popular for Norteño. The diatonic accordions (also known as button accordions) are the most widely used.

     Gabbanelli accordions are among the most popular, but other brands are quickly gaining ground mostly due to pricing.

     Ramon Ayala and Lupe Tijerina are legends playing the accordion, to say the least. With their music they have filled our lives with joy and despair.

     The diatonic maybe the most popular, but the piano accordion is not to far behind.

🎹 accordion

 

     Many famous musicans like Micheal Salgado play the piano accordion. Amazingly, he plays it literally upside down. His style could be confused with Ramon Ayala but only to the untrained ear.

     The other instruments associated with Norteño is the bajosexto and bajoquinto.

     Although the origins are unclear, they reached their popularity in Central and Southern Mexico in the 19th century.

     It strung its way up north where it gained even more popularity. Eventually, it merged with the accordion giving birth to what many Mexicans believe to be the “organic” Norteño music.  (Here is a video of Chuy from Las Cruces, NM and his friend on the bajosexto.)

My favorite holiday treat “Tamales”

I was going to wait till December, but I couldn’t resist. “Tamales” are like our energy bars. During the holidays Mexicans like to eat alot of tamales.

Red chile, green chile, rajas with cheese and borrachitos (sweet flavored with raisins and peanuts) are probably the most popular.

I have to tell you that if you have never had one your missing out. Whats even better is that you don’t have to travel to Mexico to enjoy one. They are becoming very popular here in the states. For recipe click here.

About Everything Mexican

Welcome and thank you for stopping by.

All my life I have been going to Mexican parties. Being a musician as well, I have seen many birthday parties, weddings and of course quinceañearas. I have always been blown away by the amount of work and attention to detail it takes to organize a full Mexican party.

Mexican parties are awesome. There are just so many ways to celebrate the same occasions. Music with the accordion, dancing, eating delicious food just to name a few. The funny hats, the ponchos, the dresses, just so many things that can make your occasion an awesome experience.

Our Mexican heritage is beautiful. My desire is bringing that beauty to people from all over the world.

This website will help people get acquainted with our heritage. At the same time will be open to your contributions and comments.

If you have any questions feel free to leave them below, and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best,

Fernando Sanchez

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