Cook Plant Foods of the Yucatán Every Day!
This four class series is an invitation to celebrate the regional fruits, vegetable and herbs of Yucatán, by learning how to integrate them into your own diet.
Whether you love to experiment, or want to improve your diet by eating the freshest, healthiest ingredients, this class is for you!
Your instructor, Erin Gomez Danielson, is a Certified Natural Foods Chef originally from California. Erin has embraced the ingredients and techniques of her adopted home into her style of cooking, since marrying a Merida local.
Under her guidance, you’ll learn to:
- Select ingredients for peak freshness, ripeness and delectability
- Prepare locally grown foods as alternatives for those conventionally grown for export
- Substitute local ingredients into familiar standard recipes (eg: Yucatecan pesto)
- Make use of techniques and concepts from Yucatan traditions that will inspire your cooking forever!
Each class will focus on 4-5 seasonal ingredients selected from fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, tubers, herbs and legumes typical of this region, specifically those less commonly known (or virtually unknown) outside of Mexico.
Join all four of the hands-on small group classes to explore the gamut of local ingredients, or take a class or two as you like (space permitting). The first class starts off with a market tour to get you in the mindset for local shopping.
At the end of each class, you’ll celebrate your cooking success with your new friends over a delicious lunch of the 4 courses + beverage that you’ve prepared using that days featured ingredients.
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Single classes currently available for the first session: Mar 4, 6, 11 and 13
Corn to Comal: Tortillas and the Mayan Milpa
Erin Danielson with Susi Noh Un
Learn to make corn tortillas from kernel to comal with a master tortillera, along with some other traditional plant-based preparations unique to the Yucatán Peninsula. Our venerable expert is Susi Noh Un from Sacalaca, Quintana Roo, who grew up harvesting the milpa with her family and still makes masa from scratch every day.
In this hands-on workshop, you will join Susi and Erin in grinding the corn into masa, forming the tortillas (or tamales on occasion) by hand, and cooking them on the comal or in the vaporera. Each class features a variety of plant-based accompaniments, depending on seasonal availability and your teachers’ inspiration, using such ingredients as pepita, achiote, calabaza local, camote, local chiles, and chaya to make typical dishes from Susi’s pueblo, like Sikil Pak and Brazo de Reina, todo desde cero (all from scratch)! Each class also includes a refreshing beverage and sweet vegetable or fruit treat.
With small groups in a home kitchen, you will learn the slow-food process of making each part of our meal, and practical tips for using fresh masa at home, as well as the historical and cultural importance of corn and the milpa in Mexico. You will even learn a few words and phrases in Susi’s native Maya as we cook and eat together.
Merida Fresh Market Tour
Led by: Erin Gomez Danielson
Whether you’re a traveler or a new resident in Merida, you’ll learn a lot in this essential exploration of fruits, vegetables and other plants of Yucatán. Despite the passage of centuries, the pre-Hispanic diet and traditional plant foods and preparations continue to play a large part in the daily diet of the Maya people.
Meet Erin, your guide, in colorful Parque San Juan. Through the bustling downtown, you’ll make your way to Merida’s central Lucas de Galvez market.
Learn about the significance of indigenous produce like chaya, camote, espolón and jícama, and taste foods typical to the region. Our day wraps up at one of Merida’s most beloved sorbet shops, where we will sample local frozen fruit treats.
Expect to spend a lively three hours getting to know Merida through its vibrant food culture, while bumping elbows with locals in traditional Mayan dress.
…Add on a Cooking Class
Following the Fresh Market Tour, return to the kitchen at Casa Misterio for a 1.5 hr cooking session inspired by our seasonal market finds.
Fusing Yucatán traditions and flavors with our own culinary references, we’ll create delicious, healthful dishes, and enjoy them together. You’ll discover how you can adopt traditional preparations into your own cooking style and will be inspired to integrate new ingredients into your own diet.
Includes all snacks; expect to end the experience feeling happily satiated!
Custom tours available at other times/days.
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