Mexican Chef Miriam Flores July 15-19, 2019

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The Farm Cooking School is thrilled to have Mexican Chef, Miriam Flores of Puerto Vallarta, join us for a week of morning cooking classes this July. Raised in Pabelo, a small village in Jalisco, Mexico, Mirian grew up in the kitchen helping her grandmother with everyday tasks: hand-grinding corn, making fresh cheese, picking fresh chiles, grinding spices with mortar and pestle. Everyone pitched in, and everyone gathered to eat meals together. Food was not just calories or nutrition, but a way of sustaining love and the fabric of family. Food is a love language, a way to say “I love you.”

Now, as a Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef, she has traveled not just throughout Mexico, but Europe and beyond. She worked at Blue Hour, one of Portland, Oregon’s premier fine-dining restaurants. She started a catering business in Cork, Ireland. And she’s lived in the hustle and bustle of Barcelona, one of the world’s most modern, cosmopolitan cities.

It was the vibrant culture of Jalisco (the birthplace of tequila and mariachis, to name just two) and the sustainable traditions of village life, that led Miriam back to her roots. The slower pace of life. Living closer to the land and culture which gives rise to the ingredients. A more deliberate care in the preparation of food, using rustic and made-from-scratch techniques.

About the classes

Classes at Miriam’s Mexican Kitchen in Puerto Vallarta feature a three-hour class in the downtown Centro district taught by Chef Flores. You learn how to make a traditional five-course meal composed of appetizers, homemade salsas, main dishes, and a dessert. Apart from learning traditional Mexican recipes, students learn general cooking skills that can be applied to many kinds of ingredients. The focus is on learning about local ingredients and traditional Mexican cooking methods. Chef Flores will be sharing this approach with students this summer with us at The Farm Cooking School! We are lucky to have her! Each class will begin with a seasonal Agua Fresca (fruit cooler) and end in a sit down meal with a Margarita or Mezcalita. Feel free to byob or non-alcoholic drinks of your choice.

The schedule:

Classes are daily form 10:00 am - 1:30 pm.
Monday: Introduction to techniques and ingredients, including spices, chiles, salsa making and homemade corn tortillas. Vegetarian Menu: Sopes, Chiles Rellenos de Queso Oaxaca, Orange and Vanilla Flan
Tuesday: Menu: La Luna Ceasar Salad, Baked Red Snapper Veracruzana, Berry Tres Leches Cake
Wednesday: Menu: Coconut Shrimp with Mango Salsa, Beef Ribs in Green Sauce, Charro Beans, Key Lime Mousse
Thursday: Ceviche, Moles—Pink, Green and Black moles with poached chicken or turkey, rice, Tropical Fruit Sorbet with Bunuelo "Tuiles" and fresh fruit
Friday: Tacos al Pastor with Pineapple Salsa, Shrimp in Peanut Sauce with JIcama and Cucumber Salad, Churros & Chocolate 

Cost to attend: Individual classes are $125 each. If you want to attend the entire week, please add each class to your basket and receive a 20% discount! Use code FLORES2019