We love beans: they're full of iron, they are healthy and they fill you up. They're delicious in soups, boiled, with rice, in tostadas or tacos and of course in the classic Mexican style: refried! They are part of the staple diet of all Mexican people just as much as tortillas and chillies are. We don't have any hang ups about their colour or texture, or indeed the fact that just piled on a plate, they look highly unattractive! We just like them too much for that. Whether you want to make them from scratch, or you want the quick...
Chilies & Spices
No respectable household in Mexico would be without some pickled or tinned chilies and a well stocked selection of spices: pickled chilies are delicious, last for a long time in the fridge and can be used to spice up any meal. They are a great way to get your hands on difficult-to-find varieties such as tangy serranos or smoky chipotles. Spices such as achiote, epazote or the elusive and delicious Mexican oregano are a must in any Mexican pantry, so explore the goodies in this section, they are our favourites, so hope you like them too.
Drinks & Sweets
This section is entirely dedicated to Mexican drinks and sweets, which we have populated with some of our favourite treats. Mexican people drink tea just as much as Irish people do, only very, very cold. We love 'aguas frescas', which in most cases are either fresh fruit juices squeezed and mixed with water and sugar, or teas that have been iced and sweeten. On cold winter days, which in my part of Mexico are not that many, we love having hot Mexican drinking chocolate. The chocolate is mixed with cinnamon, vanilla and some spices and it is served hot and...
Food hits all the senses: you see the plate coming, you can smell it a mile away; sometimes you can hear it sizzling and you may even touch it with your hands (like when you're eating tacos or dipping your tortilla chips in some scrumptious salsa) and when you put it in your mouth, an explosion of taste crowns it all... it is part of the great experience of cooking and eating. This section is dedicated to the looks and cooks of Mexican food: from tortilla presses, molinillos, serving plates and salsa dishes, to nice tortilla holders & towels to...
Salsas & Moles
Salsas & Moles have always been at Mexican tables all across the country. A good salsa is the crown of any taco, three of your five a day and the make or break of a good dish. Moles with their Moorish, savoury flavours combining seeds, chilies and bitter chocolate vary from region to region. There are literally thousands of different salsas, nearly every family has a particular recipe: there are red salsa, green salsa, black salsa, ranchero style salsa, home style salsa, raw salsa, avocado salsa, mole salsa.. the list is endless and so are the possibilities. In this section, we...
Ok, we accept this category is a bit of a mish-mash of things. In all honesty, it contains products we love, but we couldn't fit into any of the other categories, so there you have it, confession time over! Having said so, if you're looking for Maize Kernels for pozole, dried corn husks for your tamales, tinned pumpkin flowers, green tomatillos or any other Mexican ingredient you couldn't find in the regular categories, this is the place for you!
Tortillas & Flour
Mexicans have been eating and growing corn for over 7000 years, so I think we know a thing or two about this magic and mythical ingredient. Tortillas, tamales, gorditas, sopes, memelas, quesadillas, chalupas, tacos, totopos, atoles, burritos, gringas, cakes and many other Mexican inspired dishes are possible because of these products. This section is entirely dedicated to corn masa-harinas, tortillas, tortilla chips and a couple of wraps that, although not made of corn, they make sense to bundle up here.