On Thursday, May 7, we welcomed IWF Mexico member, international award-winning restauranteur and chef Martha Ortiz for a conversation in cooking and the particular challenges for women chefs.
Martha owns the restaurants Ella Canta in London and Dulce Patria in Mexico City, named one of Latin America’s Best 50 Restaurants. A proud Mexican, Martha is passionate about introducing true Mexican cuisine and flavors to a global audience. She is currently the Head Chef at Filigrana, a restaurant in Mexico City that showcases Mexico’s cultural heritage and feminine lineage.
In London, Martha was going to be part of a discussion around the importance of food to identity around the globe. For many of you at home these days, cooking has become a way to create comfort, express creativity and experience moments of happiness – all elements of how we express ourselves and develop our identities as individuals and family members. It is also a fundamental part of how we embrace our cultures.
For this session, we encourage you to get involved by stepping into your own kitchen. Martha has shared the recipe for her signature guacamole – an easy and delicious recipe evoking the flavors of Mexico. The recipe is included below the recording so you can prepare for this delectable presentation and enjoy a tasty bite.
Guacamole with Requesón and Pomegranate
- 150 gr white onion, chopped
- Fresh lime juice, to taste
- 800 gr avocado
- 100 gr cilantro (coriander), chopped
- 90 gr chile serrano, chopped and seeded, or to taste
- Salt, to taste
- Pomegranate seeds, to taste
- Requesón (white moist cheese—the Mexican version of ricotta)
- Corn tortillas, cut in triangles and fried, on the side
- Soak the onion in lime juice for half an hour, then drain
- Carefully mash the avocado in a bowl or molcajete (a traditional lava-stone mortar with pestle)
- Add the cilantro, onion and chile serrano
- Season with salt and pepper
- Serve the guacamole on an elegant plate and decorate with the pomegranate seeds, requesón cheese and tortilla triangles