My mother is from Sevilla, Spain where we still have family and frequent. I am enamored with Spain. Mostly, my family and the food. My mother and the generations before her grew up in a time and place where everyone cooked homemade meals using whole, fresh, ingredients. Families having little to no income, during the time of Franco and the Spanish Civil War, had to make use of simple ingredients in order to feed their families wholesome and nourishing foods. From legumes, vegetables, and fish; families made due with what they had. Simple food, peasant food. My favorite food.
My father was born in Chihuahua, Mexico but raised in the United States. As much as I love authentic Mexican food it’s unfortunate that I only know a few recipes handed down from my grandmother. Mita was an amazing cook and taught my mom some recipes when she moved to the States such as Mexican rice, enchiladas and homemade refried beans. However, my mother being from Spain fed us more Spanish foods than Mexican. Many people often ask, “How on Earth did your Mexican father meet and marry your Spanish mother?” The quick version… My father was in the air force during the Vietnam war. He was stationed in Spain where he met my mother at a local dive. They fell in love and were married a year later. As the years pass, I’ve had a growing desire to learn more of my Mexican heritage and have slowly been regaining some of our lost history.
Taking everything that I love about Spanish and Mexican foods I also fully support our local food movement. There is no better way to enjoy these foods than to use fresh, pesticide/chemical free produce from family farms. I buy all my meat and dairy from local farmers who strive to raise their animals pasturing in fields, free of hormones and antibiotics. I raise my own backyard chickens for eggs and meat, grow my own fruits and vegetables in my urban organic gardens, and preserve from my own harvest and what I buy in bulk at the farmers market.
So besides all of this, I’m a graphic/web designer by profession. It’s a full life, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.