Cooking at an Organic Farm in the Baja
As a birthday present to myself, I dragged my less than enthusiastic family to Huerta Los Tamarindos yesterday for a day of cooking. Los Tamarindos is an organic farm, restaurant and cooking school in San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico. We spent the day on the farm touring the fields, learning about organic farming and cooking a Mexican meal with produce picked fresh that morning. I thought it was pretty special.
Los Tamarindos is run by couple Enrique and Lulu, who’ve lived and worked on the farm for over a dozen years. Last year they were featured on the Rick Bayless cooking show on PBS, Mexico- One Plate at a Time.
Enrique spent the day with our group of 18, starting off the morning lecturing about the farm and how the crops are grown, fertilized and sprayed frequently with all natural pesticides such as pepper oil. For the number of people who spend the day tending the garden, there was a surprising amount of weeds.
We spent the next few hours chopping garlic and herbs, slicing vegetables, and watching Enrique cook the meal in the outdoor kitchen. I could tell by their expressions that the kids were thrilled to be put to work. I discovered that my husband has a hidden talent for chopping; it will be put to good use from now on.
The weather was perfect, as is usual here in Los Cabos, and the food was flavored with subtle Mexican spices; when we finally sat down to eat 5 hours after arriving, we gobbled it right up. Our menu was simple:
- Roasted Cherry Tomato Soup
- Green Salad with Candy Cane Beets
- Roasted Vegetables (zucchini, eggplant, carrots, tomatoes)
- Rice and Chicken Mole
- Dulce De Calabaza
I’ll post the recipes for the chicken and dessert next week. The chicken is actually very similar to Chicken Paprikash.