I don't know if it's because I am so far from My sweet Mexico, but I have really come to appreciate it's vast culture and ancestral traditions. That is why, this year, I want to celebrate it the traditional way. I've already put together an altar honoring the dead which includes the basics: Tissue paper that represents Wind, Fruits that represent Earth, Glasses of Water to relief the souls from thirst, knowing they have been traveling so much to come back on Nov 1st and 2nd to join the living world, and Fire, which comes from the candles lightened for each of the souls remembered and forgotten as well as to light their way back from the grave. We also use incense to guide them through the smell. I know this all sounds a little crazy but it is a fantastic celebration to honour our departed and in a way, it also makes fun of Death in order to help us remember not to be afraid of it and to enjoy life as much as we can, so that when death comes, you can leave this world with no regrets. People also have fun that day writing "calaveritas" a poem written to make fun of friends and family with funny stories that pretend to tell the way they died, always focusing on their flaws as part of why "Catrina" (Lady Death) chose them.
"My Sweet Mexico" and "The Essential Cuisines of Mexico". I am very excited to cook (some for the first time and others for the second time) all these familiar flavours that I haven't had for a long time.