Aleks Syntek in Sexo, Pudor, Y Lágrimas

20 Jul

Talented Mexican composer and musician Aleks Syntek created the catchy song for the soundtrack of Sexo, Pudor, y Lágrimas. Originally from Merida, Yucatán, Aleks Syntek’s interest in music began from an early age and by 18, he had already produced a platinum record.

I personally love Aleks Syntek and while he’s not the best-looking artist on the market, his talent goes a long way. And, his music is absolutely perfect for this movie. Romantic and bittersweet. Continue reading

Sexo, Pudor, y Lágrimas (Sex, Shame, and Tears)

18 Jul

Maria: La mujer perfecta debe ser un dama en la mesa y una puta en la cama.
Ana: Pues, yo siempre he sido una dama en la cama y una puta en la mesa. 

Maria: Men look for a woman that is a lady at the table and a slut in bed. 
Ana: Well, I’ve always been a lady in bed and a slut at the table.

I’m not sure whether to think that Sexo, Pudor, Y Lágrimas was a triumphant representation of the battle of the sexes or just an overly exaggerated Mexican telenovela brought to the big screen. But, I don’t really care, because I was hooked from start to finish. Continue reading

Chiles Rellenos

12 Jul

These recipes are intended to bring my Mexican culture back to life. And this recipe certainly did the trick. If cooking this doesn’t, then I’m not sure what will.

During one of the last scenes in Como Agua Para Chocolate, you see multiple women preparing a dish called Chiles en Nogada. The dish I have prepared is similar, but less complicated. In order to keep the recipe simple (and as close to the movie as possible), I chose to make some Chiles Rellenos. Perhaps when I find the right ingredients (and when I’m a more experienced cook!) will I choose to make some Chiles en Nogada.

For this notorious recipe you will need the following ingredients:

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Caldo de Res

6 Jul

In Como Agua Para Chocolate, Tita leaves her home, falls ill, and stops speaking. She goes to Texas and is treated by a doctor, but she remains silent. It isn’t until Tita’s friend from home, Chencha, returns and cooks for her that she begins to speak again.

Tita states:

“Los caldos pueden curar cualquier enfermedad, física o mental. Bueno, al menos eso era la creencia de Chencha.”
“Soups can cure any illness, physical or mental. Well, at least that was Chencha’s belief.” 

The soup Chencha cooked (and cured Tita’s illness) is called Caldo de Res. It is an incredibly common and traditional dish, served in many parts of Mexico. I’ve had this soup on countless occasions and it never fails to soothe and satisfy. Continue reading

Limonada Fresca

4 Jul

I begin with something simple- some limonada fresca (fresh lemonade).
My mami used to make this for me and my three brothers and I always remember it being better than any crystal-light-country-time-powdered-lemonade-concoction. Trust me, the time you put into it is worth it.

Originally, I wanted to make some limon con chia, but chia is hard to find here. I’ll keep looking- hopefully I find it soon!

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Cooking with Roses and Tears

2 Jul

“Lo malo de llorar cuando uno pica la cebolla no es el simple hecho de llorar, sino que a veces uno empieza y ya no puede parar”

“The trouble with crying over an onion is that once the chopping gets you started and the tears begin to well up, the next thing you know you just can’t stop” 

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