Author: holidayconnections

The Foundation of Tenochtitlan

This year is the 700 anniversary of the founding of Tenochtitlan. Around the year 1325, a group of Mechicas began a pilgrimage South of “Aztlan,” their land of the seven caves. They were guided by their god Huitzilopochtli, who told them to settle down where they found an “Eagle eating a serpent while perched on a cactus.During their pilgrimage to...

Say What!

There are about 5000 miles between Mexico and Argentina on a straight line, not including Brazil, and when ordering food at a restaurant in any of the Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America I needed a dictionary. Someone I know said: People born in any Latin American country is Latin;  All Mexicans are Latin, but not all Latins are Mexican. All...

Cooking Tips

1st. – Cook – Refrigerate – Use.     Do Not Freeze. I prefer to chop and cook, once or twice a week, and then use the cooked meat and vegetables during the week as I need them; changing sauces, or cooking techniques. The point is to avoid defrosting, boiling, roasting, or browning meat and vegetables every time I need...

Jewish Activities

Jewish craftsmanship evolved from agriculture to trade, to alchemy, and metallurgy, medicine. They learned alchemy and metallurgy from the Egyptians and Babylonians, they also learned health remedies like the use of Salix the bark of a tree to reduce fever, and about 700 magical formulas and folk remedies like those written in the Eber’s papyrus.  They have had a long...

Latin American Activities

The “Manila Galleons” brought to Latin America silk, for “Rebosos,” tissue paper, sequence, The Islamic technique of the ceramic art of Majolica for “Talavera”, glass, and the Converso Jewish technique of “Repujado” [Tin embossing]and metalsmith, music, and dance, among others.   https://youtu.be/hqLnK9_QiP0https://youtu.be/JVcIkxukcW8 https://youtu.be/RYph8WyiMOYhttps://youtu.be/XrEg2mL1jmYhttps://youtu.be/hh9AjIXW8XIhttps://youtu.be/Yehg_6OuQLI

Jewish Children’s Books

The Jewish tradition of storytelling goes back to the times when Abraham lived in Mesopotamia, centuries ago. They have passed down knowledge, values, and culture through storytelling of folktales, parables, fables, superstitions, and of course sayings.  Their holy book “The Torah”  was originally written in Hebrew, and that’s why Jewish children learn about their religion, values, and culture by reading...

Latin American Children’s Books

in 1989 The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), recommended safeguarding what they called “intangible cultural heritage.” recognizing oral tradition forms as part of the world’s cultural patrimony. “Oralidad”   ‘For the Rescue of the Oral Tradition of Latin America and the Caribbean’. The indigenous people who lived in Latin America before the Spanish conquest had a storytelling...

Jewish Food

Jewish Food traditions from  Spain and Portugal: Jewish Sephardi people like to eat a “Mediterranean” diet that includes: salads, stuffed vegetables olive oil, lentils, chickpeas, fresh and dried fruits, mint, parsley, and nuts. Chicken, Lamb or ground beef. They seasoned dishes with cumin, cilantro, cardamom, cinnamon, saffron, and turmeric, olives, and pickled vegetables, particularly cucumbers and lemons. They drank Turkish...

Latin American Foods

Latin American Indigenous ingredients: Achiote , Amaranth, Avocado, Beans, Blueberries, Chia, Cacao, Cactus, Cassava, Corn, lúcuma, Maracuya, Peanut, Peppers, Pineapple, Potato, Prickly Pear, Pumpkin, Quinoa, Squash, Sweet Potato, Tomato, Turkey, Vanilla There are many more regional agricultural ingredients that you find in the country of origin that I am not listing here. I would recommend that: First,  try to eat at...