Mexico

PEACE in the Country

My host for Mexico, Arely, made me think about the seminar on the historical memory and justice for the Valencian genocide by Franco given by Jose Angel Sanchez Rocamora.  Why you ask?  Well, she has worked with the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity in Mexico, which started from the murder of the founder’s son by a drug cartel.  Today, the organization has expanded to involve hundreds of thousands of Mexicans, many of whom have gotten involved because they also lost a family member to the drug war in Mexico.

They organize mass demonstrations in the streets to raise awareness of the ongoing drug war.

This group, which has a fantastic article about it in English here:

http://www.thenation.com/article/168235/movement-peace-and-justice-mexico#

The actual website for the organization is in Spanish, but can be found here:

http://movimientoporlapaz.mx/

It has all the information about their projects and demonstrations.  This is by far the largest peace movement happening right now in Mexico, with over 200,000 people sometimes participating in their demonstrations.

PEACE with a Piece of Food

This meal is special because it is with my good friend, Arely from Mexico.  I am half-mexican and I am always trying to find new recipes to get to know my ancestors culture more.  We were also making this meal for a larger intercultural potluck party in the Peace Masters, so a lot of peace was shared throughout the night, and these tacos were devoured in the first 10 minutes!

Lately, as a group we have been having more dinners because we are realizing that our time is coming to a close and we want to share this amazing space that we have created as much as possible before we all head our separate ways.

Cerdo en Salsa Macha de Cacahuete (Pork Tacos in Mexican Peanut Sauce)

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2 tbsp salsa macha de cachuete (can be found in any Mexican gorcery)

4 potatoes

700 g pork (chopped already if possible)

salt to taste

5 tomatoes

1/2 onion

1 clove garlic

2 laurel leaves

corn tortillas

pineapple (optional)

cilantro (optional)

Blend (in a blender) the garlic, onion, tomatoes and salsa.  In a pot coat the bottom with olive oil and add pork and all the sauce.  Next add the potatoes (cut into cubes).  Then add a little water to cover the mixture and let cook covered and on medium.  Should take about 40 minutes to an hour. And voile!  It tastes excellent with some small chunks of pineapple and cilantro on it!

DSC01760 Arely and me in the kitchen.

DSC01761 DSC01762 DSC01765  The finished product!

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This is the entire intercultural spread at the party!

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