Culture Through Food

One of the best ways I have found to experience or get a feel for a different culture is through food. img_0337This meal was inspired by Dia de los Muertos holiday celebration in Mexico.  Dia de los Muertos is a multi-day celebration where friends and family members gather to pray and remember loved ones passed and assist with their spiritual journey. Those honoring loved ones passed build alters displaying skulls, aztec marigolds, and the favorite foods of the deceased. We incorporated some of these traditions into the meal we ate. Together as a family, we cooked, talked about what Dia de los Muertos is, and celebrated the lives of loved ones we lost. I wanted to keep this meal authentic Mexican, so we went to our local Hispanic market and purchased pre-marinated carne asada, pollo asodo, tortillas, and beans. To add some more to the meal I created some healthier recipes of my own keeping in minimg_0335d what foods are culturally eaten, such as; the peppers & onions, a cilantro-lime brown rice, and elote (Mexican corn on the cob).  After cooking, we created a space to represent an alter and displayed our food decorated with a skull and candles. I love getting to bring cultural aspects I am not familiar with to my family through cooking and food. It gives cooking and the food you eat more meaning and brings people together. You can find the recipes to this meal in the food category.

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