This week I am happy to introduce you to Flavio, an Italian that fell in love with Mexican food many years ago, and I think it is obvious why he is now married to a Mexican woman for more than ten years. I used to complain about not finding some of my favorite produce or ingredients to cook authentic Mexican Food, but when I knew Flavio and browsed his blog full of recipes made in a traditional old fashion way and living so far away from México, then I stop complaining. Flavio’s blog also has a nice selection of Mexican bread recipes which he bakes in his portable wood oven just out of his balcony. Go check it out HERE!
Why is an Italian cooking Mexican food in Italy?
Well the truth is that it is a challenge in a country where foreign food is successful only if it gets in fashion or if it is less expensive than Italian food and since Mexican cuisine in Italy is perceived as burritos, fajitas and nachos topped with yellow cheese, it is a real struggle because the lack of authentic ingredients required me to find resources to buy them in ways that are anything but cheap.
If México has green tomatoes and serrano peppers in every corner of the city, here to find them you have to plant them yourself in your garden or in a few pots.
But in the end this is a great advantage: when you harvest your peppers and tomatoes to prepare a tasty Green Pipián as the one presented here thanks to my dear friend Mely, you realize that it was worth getting the seeds, care for the seedlings, water them every day because someone across the world will appreciate what you do.
- 2 Lbs. tomatillos
- 4 serrano peppers
- 1 Poblano Pepper roasted, skin and seeds remove (Optional)
- 1 cup Pumpkin seeds
- 2 garlic cloves
- 3 Tablespoons of vegetable oil
- 2 Lbs. pork cut in bite size cubes (country style ribs, pork loin,pork loin center ribs)
- 1 white onion halved and sliced
- 1/4 of a teaspoon Marjoram
- 1 Bay leave
- 2 garlic cloves
- 2 carrots peeled and sliced
- A dash of nutmeg
- Sal to taste
The Pipian Sauce will be ready when the sauce gets thick and has formed bright green puddles.
Enjoy your meal and… ¡VIVA MÉXICO!