News from Around Banderas Bay
|Shopping in a Mexican Street Market|
Kathleen Dobek - PVNN
September 09, 2010
Street markets, even in the smallest Mexican towns, offer a wide variety of kitchen implements and utensils that will add authenticity to your Mexican cooking. During a recent stroll through the Wednesday street market in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, we found enough kitchen wares to stock a cocina mexicana, all reasonable priced, colorful and useful.
My favorites are the earthenware dishes and bright blue enamelware. Enamel spoons, pots, bowls, even a steamer — all in brilliant blue that would light up any table or kitchen. The earthenware dishes, low-fired and colored terracotta, are as traditional as Mexican dishes come. Your plate of chile relleno will taste better when served on one of these primitive-style plates, as any good Mexican cook will tell you.
Countless utilitarian pieces, such as natural fiber scrub brushes, wooden spatulas, decorative, hand-carved molinillos to foam hot chocolate, and wooden bean mashers are abundant and cost only a few pesos.
A weekly street market, known as "tianguis" in Spanish, is a window into one facet of Mexican culture, the culture of preparing traditional food and the tools used for this preparation. To learn more about Mexican kitchen tools and wares and see more photos, visit my Cooking in Mexico blog.
Kathleen Dobek explores the culinary traditions of Mexico from her home in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Nayarit. Through regular columns on BanderasNews and via her Cooking in Mexico blog, Kathleen shares her experiences in Mexico and introduces the great variety of New World ingredients and contemporary dishes of this country to the foreigners who visit and live here.
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