A Taste of Mexico: A Recipe For Fried Cinnamon Strips

Introduction

Mexican cuisine is a style of food that originates in Mexico. Mexican cuisine is known for its varied flavors, colorful decoration, and variety of spices and ingredients, many of which are native to the country. The staples of Mexican cuisine are beans, corn, and rice. Mexico was claimed by Spain in the 16th century and became an independent nation in the 19th century. Since then it has grown to be the 11th most populous country in the world with 111 million people.
 

Country Information

  • Geographic Facts

Here are three geographic facts about Mexico:

1.            Mexico is ranked 5th for the largest area of land that comprises North and South America. It is the 14th largest country in the world.

2.            The Tropic of Cancer runs through Mexico dividing it into 2 climatic zones. Places that fall below the Tropic of Cancer experience little to no change in the climate throughout the year

3.            Mexico’s land is divided into three sections. The North section is primarily a desert which is preserved by the Mexican government. The central section is primarily a volcanic plateau, surrounded by vast mountain ranges. Southern Mexico is the most beautiful with marshes, seacoast, and jungles.

  • 3 “Serious” Facts

Here are three serious facts about Mexico:

1.            Cinco De Mayo is a Mexican holiday that is much like July 4th in U.S. This holiday on May 5th marks Mexico’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.

2.            November 2nd is known as the Day of the Dead in Mexico. People in Mexico will go to the graves of their loved ones and clean up and replenish flowers on this day.

3.            Mexico is a major drug producing country. Cocaine, heroin, and marijuana are mass produced in Mexico

  • 3 “Fun” Facts

Here are three fun facts about Mexico:

1.            Mexico introduced chocolate to the world. Hot chocolate is the sacred drink of the Aztecs

2.            Mexico City was built on a lake. The city sinks on average 10 inches per year.

3.            The national drink of Mexico is tequila. It is much better for your health as compared to the water in Mexico.

  • A “Potpourri” Item

Here is an unusual fact about Mexico:

The colors in Mexico’s flag represent the history and way of life for the people of Mexico. Green represents hope and victory, white stands for purity of the principals of Mexico, and red brings to mind the blood shed by the nation’s heroes.

  • 3 Pieces of Travel Information

Here are three pieces of info that travelers to Mexico will want to know about where to go, what to see, and/or how to stay safe while there:

1.            Cancun, Mexico is a hotspot for teens to travel to during Spring Break. Cancun boasts a fun environments and has one of the most beautiful beaches in the world

2.            Tourists can take a step back in time at the Mayan Ruins in various locations throughout Mexico. The Mayan Ruins consists of temples crafted by amazing architecture that dates back to 500-900 A.D.

3.            Tourists travelling to Mexico must be sure not to drink the water. The water table in the Yucatan is very close to the surface and is contaminated by garbage dumps and sewage runoffs. Tourists should only drink and brush teeth with bottled water.

Food Information

Recipe

  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • ¼ Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
  • 10 Flour Tortillas (8 inch)
  • Vegetable Oil

In a large resealable plastic bag, combine sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg; set aside. Cut tortillas into 3 inch x 2 inch strips. Heat 1 inch of oil in a skillet or electric fry pan to 375 degrees; fry 4-5 strips at a time for 30 seconds on each side or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.

While still warm, place strips in bag with sugar mixture; shake gently to coat. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container. Yield 5 dozen

  • My Kitchen Story  

I chose this recipe because the dish needed to be presented in class and I had to make sure not to cook anything that would spoil before the time of the presentation. The dish was actually very easy to make, although I was a bit nervous cooking with grease. I had a bad experience with frozen French fries and hot grease a few years ago and this is my first time using it since then. When I threw the first tortilla slice into the grease I was quickly prepared to put out a fire with flour if such an event would have occurred. Luckily, there was no fire and only a few tortillas turned out inedible.  

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Contact Info: To contact the author of “A Taste of Mexico: A Recipe for Fried Cinnamon Strips,” please emailBlake.Phillips@selu.edu or Blakep06@yahoo.com.

Biography

David C. Wyld (dwyld.kwu@gmail.com) is the Robert Maurin Professor of Management at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana. He is a management consultant, researcher/writer, and executive educator. His blog, Wyld About Business, can be viewed at https://wyld-business.blogspot.com/. He also serves as the Director of the Reverse Auction Research Center (https://reverseauctionresearch.blogspot.com/), a hub of research and news in the expanding world of competitive bidding. Dr. Wyld also maintains compilations of works he has helped his students to turn into editorially-reviewed publications at the following sites:

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