This was my second cooking class during my 10 days in Oaxaca. I loved that the class size was small--only 5 people including myself and that we visited La Merced market which is smaller compared with .other markets downtown and devoted only to organic food..Chef Pilar did a great job of explaining what she was buying and the tour included a quick visit to a chocolate mill and seafood vendor. We also shared a nice hot bowl of "tejate" made with water, maize floor, cocoa beans and other ingredients to ward off the morning chill.
I also loved that the class was held in Chef Pilar's modern well-designed home on the outskirts of downtown, which made the experience more personal. In her spacious kitchen, she explained how to prepare the 5 dishes and demonstrated how to cook the complex Mole Coloradito with poached chicken. She speaks English well and answered all our questions clearly.
After tasting the mezcal, it was delightful to eat the meal we prepared, which was delicious and talk at her dining table. I have since cooked the same meal at home for friends who loved it. Buen Provecho!
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