Class Recap

Sour Flavor Profile

Mexican food is probably one of the best and most underrated cuisines in the modern world: there is a ton of fruit and vegetable diversity due to the different climate zones, stunning seafood, amazing use of herbs and ancient grains, whole plant and animal cooking – and it is having a revival of sorts. Local chefs are becoming famous, while already world-renowned chefs, like Rene Redzepi, are moving to places like Mexico City or the Valle de Guadalupe, putting Mexico on the map as a world class culinary destination. Viva la Mexico!

Nutrition

Keri Romerdahl

Southwestern cooking tends to play with the flavors spicy/salty and sour/sweet – think margaritas with a salty rim as an example. They complement each other well and provide a balanced taste sensation.

The sour taste aids in digestion and helps to fuel appetite. It increases amylase which is the digestive enzyme secreted in the salivary glands in the mouth to start the breakdown of carbohydrate. Sour foods – especially citrus, start the flow of bile, which helps aid in digestion. Sour fruits are usually high in Vitamin C, so are also excellent antioxidant.

Increasing your intake of sour flavors is as easy as adding lemon or lime to water. But it has to be from the real fruit, flavored water does not have the nutrition benefit. Starting the day with the juice of ½ of a lemon squeezed into a cup of warm water is a wonderful way to purify the GI tract and prepare the body to breakdown the first meal of the day.

Sour foods highlighted in today’s menu include

  • Limes
  • Tomatoes
  • Yogurt

1 Lad, Vasant. Textbook of Ayurveda Vol I: Fundamental Principles of Ayurveda. Albuquerque: The Ayurveda Press, 2002. Print. 241-242, 244-245.
2 Pole, Sebastian. Ayurvedic Medicine: The Principles of Traditional Practice. London: Churchill Livingston, 2006. Print. 63-64.
3 Lad, Usha and Dr. Vasant Lad. Ayurvedic Cooking for Self-Healing. 2nd ed. Albuquerque: The Ayurvedic Press, 2006. Print. 232-238

Recipes

Iceberg Lettuce & Avocado Salad

Pico De Gallo

Roasted Summer Squash & Cilantro

Abodaba Pork

Mexican Red Rice

Iceberg Lettuce & Avocado Salad

serves: 10

Pico De Gallo

serves: 10

Roasted Summer Squash & Cilantro

serves: 10

Abodaba Pork

serves: 10

Mexican Red Rice

serves: 10