Our first full day in Oaxaca Rachael and I took a cooking class through AirBnB experiences. It was our first cooking classes and our first AirBnB experience, and I’d highly recommend both. First we woke and walked down to the Zocalo, town square, in Oaxaca for a mole tamale and coffee. Then hailed a cab to the cooking class.
The class was on the chef’s personal property. It has a small house and a large garden with sprawling grounds.
When we arrived, we were given coffee and we learned about our cooking class teacher’s background and what foods we would be making that day.
Visiting the Mercado
We were joined by another couple who also signed up for the class. The four of us, with our teacher walked to the nearby market to buy our ingredients.
Then it was time to start cooking
We made several salsas, and tortillas to enjoy for our afternoon snack before creating the main meal of adobo and mole with rice and pork.
I should also mention there were several cute cats on the grounds.
The Main Event
With our afternoon snack behind us, it was time to start the main course: an adobo sauce with prok ribs and a mole sauce with rice.
The adobo sauce (left) is created from tomatoes, onions, dried peppers, herbs and spices. The mole sauce starts with roasting cacao beans (right).
Off to the Mill
After mixing and cooking our adobo sauce and roasting our cacao beans, it was time to go to the mill to blend our two sets of ingredients into a sauce. The mill was a few blocks up the road in a small orange building.
The Most Important Part: Dessert
The teacher, sensing my culinary prowess, put me in charge of the most important part of the meal, dessert. I cut, cooked, then mashed plantains. Then, mixed in some spices and formed them into balls around a cream cheese center.
I meant to get more pictures of our lovely table and spread of food, but this photo was all I could manage to get before digging into our amazing meal.
Santo Doming Cathedral
After our cooking class, we hailed a cab back to central Oaxaca and visited the Santo Domingo Cathedral.
After visiting the Santo Domingo Cathedral, we visited the Oaxaca Cathedral.
And then walked around the Zocalo
Dinner at Los Danzantes
After a day of cooking, and visiting cathedrals, we’d worked up quite an appetite and went to visit Los Danzantes for dinner.