The Monday Mag – Feb 8, 2016

In This Super Bowl Inspired Edition Of Our Weekly Magazine:

– The Aztec Loved Guacamole
– The Aztec & Their Super Bowl
– An Irresistible 82-Year Old Guacamole Recipe

Our Favorite Quote Of The Week – “A man may be a pessimistic determinist before lunch and an optimistic believer in the will’s freedom after it.” – Aldous Huxley

avocado

The Aztec Loved Guacamole ~ The avocado was cultivated in Central America as far back as 7,000 years ago. Contrary to produce that was brought to the Americas from European explorers and immigrants, the avocado traveled the other way, its cultivation spreading from the New World to the Old World. It played a very important role in the Aztec diet. In fact, we owe the existence of guacamole to their culinary traditions. They made a sauce called, “ahuaca-mulli” which consisted in pureed avocado to which they added chopped tomato and onion.

Tlachtli

The Aztec & Their Super Bowl ~ Not only did the Aztec feast on avocado, but they also feasted on several sports. In fact, sport was at the center of their community. So much so that the first thing they did upon establishing a new settlement was to build a ball court. This was only second to their first priority upon settling in: the building of a shrine. The ball court was build directly next to this shrine. Their most popular sport was called “Ullamaliztli.” This was played with two teams and the goal was to place a ball through a stone hoop. Such competitive sports were at the forefront of the Aztec culture.

grape guacamole

An Irresistible 82-Year Old Guacamole Recipe ~

“Delicacies from Mexico,” Los Angeles Times, October 12, 1934.
Ingredients: 2 avocados, 1 pound seedless grapes, 1/2 can green chilies. Instructions: Peel avocados and mash. Wash the chili, then mash and add to the avocados. Season to taste with salt, oil and vinegar. Wash the grapes and add to the mixture. When procurable, use pomegranate seeds instead of the grapes.” Source: The Food Timeline.

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