Cooking Class in
We combined the
Frida Kahol tour of
Mexico City with a 5-day immersion in Mexican cooking at the Salas (Estela) Silva's
Mexican Home Cooking. The school is a 4-star B&B in the
country near Tlaxcala, about 120 km from Mexico City. It is surrounded
by three volcanoes.
is one in every direction you look from the hacienda. The photo on the
left is the front door view.
This is a B&B with lunch and dinner.
We (the guests & students) made lunch and dinners as our cooking
exercises. Typical day schedule: Breakfast at 9 am, classes and
cooking 10 am -1 pm, lunch at 2 pm; the rest of the afternoon is free
time; dinner at 8 pm. The last night includes live music, party, and
We learned about chilies, sopa,
mole, salads, deserts, and much more. We even made our own tamales.
Five to seven recipes were taught each day. Jon lectures, Estela demonstrates the cooking.
The food is delicious! On par with the best Mexican restaurants (and
to think - we made it!).
Rooms are large, have private baths and cozy fires.
story slide show
Mexican Home Cooking
of frantic activity in the kitchen.
The movies compress three hour of class time into
20 seconds. These are recommended only with
Around The Cooktop
The class surrounds Estela at the stove top.
Marlene: "This is my tamale."
Jon instructs Marlene on the art of cleaning and
cutting Nopal (cactus) leaves. This and chili cleaning are basics
taught on the first day - and use again and again for five days.
Ruth (back turned), Marlene, and Janet at the
mixer/blender station. This is where the batch of ingredients
MAGICALLY turn into sopa or mole.