You may have gathered from my blog that food is a significant part of the cultural experience I am enjoying during my year in Mexico. One especially delicious part of the food here is Mole - the name for several Mexican sauces (and dishes based on these sauces). There are many different types of 'mole', some quite different from one another, including black, red, yellow, green, and one of my favourites pipián (made with sesame seeds).
Perhaps one of the most famous of these sauces is Mole Poblano, which as its name suggests originates from the state of Puebla (luckily for me where I am living). Mole Poblano is found on almost every menu in Puebla and is a spicy chocolate and chilli sauce usually served over chicken or turkey, eaten with rice - and of course tortillas!! Although you can buy the sauce commercially, there is nothing like the home-made mole or the mole which is also home made, but sold in the mercados. Check out the picture of the different moles for sale in the mercado at Santa Ana. The beauty of the mole sold in the mercados, is all you need to do is mix and heat it with chicken stock to prepare. So it is tasty and convenient.