Yara BertranSan Diego, CA, US
Recipes By Yara Bertran
Many local farmer's markets around the world have been hit hard during the lockdown, especially the wholesale flower industry, many growers find themselves donating or destroying hundreds of thousands of flowers.
With this humble illustration, I want to recognize all the beautiful markets in Mexico City that always makes me happy, particularly "El Mercado de Jamaica". When I travel, I am always looking for a local market to shop and eat, they are wonderful places full of life.
Quarantine Pantry Craving. Tuscan tomato sauce is one of our family's favorite the ingredients are easy to find and can be served with any type of pasta. We love it with spaghetti. I like to make a large batch and freeze it. While the sauce is simmering to thicken, the family gathers in the kitchen, and everybody wants to dip a piece of bread in the sauce to "test" if it is ready. If you are lucky to find Parmigiano Reggiano, of course, add on top!
This recipe is from my sister Lourdes that lives in Mexico City. I love her cooking; she has the quality of adding that extra ingredient that turns an ordinary recipe into an extraordinary one.
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY
When European explorers came to Mexico squash blossoms were part of Aztecs’ diet.
Squash seeds have been found in Archeological digs in Mexico (between 9000 and 4000 B.C.).
Columbus brought squash seeds back to Europe in his explorations.
One cup of squash blossoms only has five calories, It also has one gram of carbohydrates and less than one gram of protein, they are high in calcium and iron and especially high in vitamins C and A.