Cooking Classes in Oaxaca
Learn how to make tortillas from the corn kernels, the ancestral Nixtamal process, and salsas to make a foundation for other traditional meals. This is a real cooking class, not a tasting.
Let’s prepare the traditional moles of Oaxaca (Mole Negro, Pipian, Amarillo, Coloradito) leaving out the lard and the chicken broth. The flavors of the peppers, seeds and fruits are the ones giving us the real taste of those delicious moles.
Mexican food doesn’t have to have meat. From pipian, to enchiladas, passing by soups and salsas. All of them can be prepared with a plant-based list of ingredients. Vegan options are available too.
Custom Cooking Class
Do you have specific diet requirements or allergies? Gluten-Free, Keto, Paleo? I can cover any of those requests and maintain the taste of Mexican traditional gastronomy.
Open Custom Cooking Classes
Here you can find open spots for custom cooking classes requested by other students:
Respect to the land and its people
The Mexican ancestral gastronomy has a foundation of herbs and plants. It received new ingredients brought by the Spanish colonizers. The development of this cuisine included new elements like meats, as in pork or beef; also, grains like wheat, rice, lentils, and other products like bananas and lime. However, Mexico is a diverse country and has many faces. Either if you go to a luxury restaurant in a major city or you eat street food in Oaxaca. If you happen to be or plan to be here, you are in luck since this state has one of the highest ethnic diversity. That includes Zapoteca, Mixteca, Mixe, Chontal, Chatina, Triqui, Mazateca, Chinanteca, and other cultures, each one of them with their distinctive traditions and identities. One of the things that they all share is their connection with the land and the respect they give to it. That is one of the reasons why Oaxaca is one of the places in Mexico where you can still find fresh and legit organic produce in the markets. If you are planning to travel inside Mexico or moved here, and you are interested in Mexican gastronomy, taking a cooking class in Oaxaca is a must to-do in your list. It’s no coincidence that this state is famous for its diverse gastronomy. As a passionate Mexican cook, I want to honor the roots of this country and the food that was born here, regardless of the borders and labels.
The Corn of Oaxaca
Oaxaca has eight different regions with different food cultures. With diverse influences and a wide variety of dishes in each one of them.
One of the main ingredients that compound Oaxaca and Mexico’s gastronomy is corn, which is the foundation of Mexican culture and civilization. We care about this, especially if we consider the current state of our country’s dietary policies. For more than two decades, the government dependencies responsible for dictating food labeling and market regulations have colluded with big corporations. To increase their profits by manipulating the laws making them more flexible to sell products that are not what we would expect according to the labels. Especially fruit juices, wholemeal bread, or canned tuna fish. (Source)