Chef Mónica Patiño
An encounter between continents, with a jabugo ham and bean base flavored with avocado leaf, epazote and a touch of chipotle. The insignia is placed by crunchy tortillas, pancetta and melted mozzarella cheese.
A leguminous seed native to America that was domesticated in Middle America over 7,000 years ago. The black bean is small and is characterized by the color and shine of its skin. It is very popular in the Gulf of Mexico states and the southern and southeastern regions, where it is eaten mashed and fried or whole in soup. It is cultivated in various regions of the country, and sent to other states with a partiality for it.Southern and southeastern Mexico are home to the Mayan culture, which designates the civilization that was developed there in the Classic period as well as the ethnic group that inhabits the Yucatan Peninsula region today. Great cities from the past remain, such as Chichen Itza and Coba, whose observatories are a symbol of the greatness of the astronomers of the towns.
Epazote is the aromatic Mexican herb par excellence; many traditional recipes could not be conceived without it. The plant is native to Middle America, used since Prehistoric times. Currently, it is widely used in the kitchens of central, southern and southeastern Mexico. It has infinite uses in the Mexican kitchen. It is indispensable in cooking beans and in the preparation of soups, moles, corn "esquites" and salsas, among other dishes. It is cultivated in diverse zones of the country.The term Middle America designates a region defined by the cultural affinity that encompasses zones of Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Belize. The civilizations developed in this region shared theocratic organization, calendar, specialized labor and cultivation of corn, beans and chili, among other traits.
The avocado tree belongs to the lauraceae family. Its leaf is oval shaped, measures approximately twelve cm. long, is dark gren in color and has an extraordinary aniseed flavor. Various regional kitchens include it in their recipes, fresh, dried, toasted or ground. In the center of the country it is added to beans as an aromatic herb, in Oaxaca it perfumes the black "mole" sauce and in Veracruz it is used in "barbacoa." Its most abundant production is in Michoacan which is also famous for its avocados.Michoacan is also known for the lake and city of Patzcuaro. Janitzio is the name of the main island, where the one of most frequented Day of the Dead celebrations takes place. Janitzio is also the title of a symphonic poem by Silvestre Revueltas, a great modernist composer.