Class Recap

Dia de los Muertos

I love tacos. They are cheap to make, fun to eat and even better with fresh made tortillas. In fact, making tortillas is very simple, you just need masa (corn flour), water, salt and a tortilla press, which can all be found at any Mexican grocery for very little. Once you’ve had your own hot and bubbly-fresh off the stove, you will wonder why you ever paid $9 at Whole Foods for a dozen that are several days old. And your tortilla magic doesn’t have to stop with tacos, that’s just my favorite.

Nutrition

Celia Barber

Dia de los Muertos is a festival that originates from the indigenous Aztec culture of what is now known as Mexico. It is not only an honoring of ancestors, but a way of connecting the living community. People gather together to feast and celebrate life while honoring the dead, food is even offered to ancestors in a ritual of remembrance. The dishes we are cooking today are versions of traditional recipes, made with fresh foods commonly found in local farmer’s markets this time of year.

Dia de los Meurtos is annual acknowledgement of ancestry and celebration of death in a healing way, which is something we aim to do with the RoundGlass initiative, Death Over Dinner.

At Cook Together, we are gathering in the same way the Aztecs did: in community, celebration and honoring the natural cycle of life!

I encourage you to take a moment to think of a loved one that has passed, as we gather in celebration, preparing this food.

Tea

Cinnamon:
Due to its antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, and antiseptic properties, it is effective for treating external as well as internal infections. It helps in destroying germs in the gallbladder and the bacteria present in staph infections. The antioxidants in cinnamon have anti-inflammatory effects, which may help lower your risk of disease.
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/10-proven-benefits-of-cinnamon#section4
Turmeric:
Turmeric, due to the presence of curcumin, acts as a potent anti-inflammatory agent, say researchers from the University of Arizona, Tucson, USA.
Curcumin present in turmeric is a great antioxidant agent that helps in numerous ways including its many cosmetic and medicinal benefits. curcumin is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream. It helps to consume black pepper with it, which contains piperine, a
natural substance that enhances the absorption of curcumin by 2,000%
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-turmeric
Black pepper:
Black pepper helps in transporting the benefits of other herbs to different parts of the body, thus maximizing the efficiency of the other foods we consume. That is why adding it to food not only makes it delicious but also helps to make the nutrients more available and accessible to our system.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9619120

Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric & Cinnamon Tea

Recipes

Chicken Mole

Braised Parsnips & Mexican Spices

Mexican Red Rice

Romain Salad with Cumin & Roasted Peanuts

Pico De Gallo

Chicken Mole

serves: 10

Braised Parsnips & Mexican Spices

serves: 10

Mexican Red Rice

serves: 10

Romain Salad with Cumin & Roasted Peanuts

serves: 10

Pico De Gallo

serves: 10