After taking a tour of the Lucas de Galvez Market and picking up very special ingredients, we hopped on a city bus to the home of Laura our lovely host for a special meal!
She took us on a tour of her garden and showed us all the plants, herbs, peppers, and fruit she grows.
After a little tour, we started helping with the meal! This was the coolest part of the whole tour and it was all so surprising!
For the main course, we made Pan de Cazon, a baby shark and tortilla dish with lots of sauces and flavors!
We started with a pot of water, garlic and oregano.
Next we added salt, pepper, and fresh epazote (a Mexican herb).
Next in the baby shark. Remember this picture from the market:
It came home with us…
While the shark was cooking, Auntie M and I chopped veggies, peppers, and herbs.
Laura started her first sauce by burning garlic…
…and blistering a habanero!
The habanero and garlic went in to a mortar and pestle along with salt and a squeeze of citrus.
Final product – Spicy!
Next up was the veggie mixture: onion, tomatoes, peppers, salt, pepper, and fresh epazote all sautéed in a little oil.
Once the cooked shark came out, we removed the meat from the skin and vertebrae.
After washing up, Laura steeped hibiscus leaves, or Jamaica, to make a refreshing drink with a little sugar!
The shark meat was mixed with the veggies and we were ready to plate!
Layer 1: corn tortilla, black beans, shark and veggie mixture, and tomato sauce
Layer 2: repeat
Layer 3: tortilla, beans, tomato sauce, and a leaf of epazote! Savory, warm, and a tad spicy! So good!
For dessert, Jorge made a mango pudding using mangoes we picked up at the market.
What a wonderful tour with delicious food and great company! This was such a great way to see Merida!
More from my trip to Mexico coming soon…