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Cooking Meat on a Grill
A Typical Mayan Feast
Pac-Chuc (Pronounced - Pahhk Chook)
Small pigs or tapirs were common sources of meat in the equatorial regions, but the meat spoiled very quickly due to the heat and humidity. The meat was often salted and dried to preserve it. Oranges were available for marinating the dried meat to make it more palatable, so Pac-Chuc is traditionally salted pork marinated in a sour orange sauce along with other vegetables, herbs and spices.
It can be cooked in a pot over low heat until tender, but traditionally, it is roasted over a grill. Any kind of pork has a wonderful flavor that is strong and satisfying and Pac-Chuc is especially tender and tasty.
Sour Oranges make Pac-Chuc Delicious
Cook Time for Pac-Chuc
- 4 to 6 Pork Chops, thinly cut
- 3/4 cup sour orange juice, (Seville Oranges)
- 2 to 4 small bunches cilantro, chopped
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 2 white onions, for roasting
- Pound the pork until it is very thin. Salt and pepper the meat to taste.
- Marinate the meat with the sour orange juice for 20 to 30 minutes while roasting two medium onions on the grill (see below).
- After the onions are roasted, grill each pork chop for three or four minutes on each side until done.
Cabbage or Jicama slaw makes a good accompaniment for your Mayan New Year Feast. The crunch of the cabbage with a citrus type sauce will match the tang of the pork chops.
Other side dishes to include would be a type of root vegetable - carrots, turnips or potatoes.
Typical Mayan fare in today's world includes beans, corn and tomatoes.
A good, spicy salsa should also be served. It goes well with the meat.
Soft or crispy corn tortillas will round out the feast and may be served as appetizers along with the salsa.
How to Roast an Onion on the Grill
Prepare coals in your grill just as you would for any other grilling session. Wait until the charcoals are grey and hot. Place the unpeeled onions directly on the coals and roast until the outer skin is charred. This should take about 20 minutes. Peel the onions and serve with the Pac-Chuc.
Another Great Mayan Dish in Cozumel
Have you even seen those large pink shells that you hold to ear? They say you can hear the ocean waves when you do this. But better still, the shellfish meat inside of this beautiful seashell makes a most tasty meal!
Conch meat is generally eaten fried. Conch fritters are popular in places like Key West, Florida and probably everywhere in the Caribbean. Conch meat can also be used in Mexican Ceviche, an uncooked 'salad' of conch meat, tomatoes, cilantro, onions, peppers and lots of lime juice to 'cook' the meat in.
How to Make Fantastic Sea Food Ceviche!
Mayan Calendar Beginning - December 21, 2012
Mayan Apocalypse? Fun Facts
According to many and persistent rumors, the world will be ending on December 21, 2012 - the so-called "Mayan Apocalypse". Truly this is one of the most misunderstood calendar events in the modern age.
The Mayan 'Long Count' calendar is ending on December 21, 2012 (the most common calculated date). A new 'Long Count' calendar starts over at December 22, 2012. It's pretty much the same thing as when our yearly calendar ends on December 31, 2012 and a new year begins on January 1, 2013.
The long count Mayan calendar will end and will begin again at 18.104.22.168.0* (December 21, 2012)- See my hub on the Mayan Calendar Explained. The current Mayan calendar started at 22.214.171.124.0 on or about August 11, 3114 BC - Gregorian calendar. (Or, under the older Julian calendar, September 6, 3114 BC).
The Mayan long count calendar is read from right to left. The total number of days in the long count equals 1,872,000 days. It's a big calendar! By comparison, our normal calendar only has 365 days in it.
How to Read the Mayan Calendar Designation - 126.96.36.199.0*
One Baktun = 144,000 days
Far left number = 13 Baktuns since the beginning of the original current long count Mayan calendar.
One Katun = 7,200 days
Roughly one year
Roughly one month
Roughly one day
About the Mayan Civilization
The Maya people lived mostly in the equatorial jungle of Central America. They advanced as far north as the Aztec capital of Tenochtítlan and as far east as the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico. In the Yucatan, the Maya are still the major inhabitants of the region.
Mayan cities also exist in Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Belize. The Maya culture is very much alive today as is their language and customs. They keep count of their calendars the same way that we keep count of ours. In fact, the Maya have three calendars to keep track of. Each day is a sacred day to the Maya with its own special name.
The Maya were, and probably still are, great mathematicians and astronomers. Their calendars prove their skills. The Maya are credited with incorporating the zero in their math. This is something the Egyptians and other early cultures were unaware of.
Great Mayan Cookbook
Recipes from the Yucatan Region, along with his personal experiences that make the historical and cultural background of this people accessible and enjoyable. Having been influenced for centuries by the Spanish, other European countries, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and even the Caribbean, Mayan food is remarkably unique and distinct.
© 2012 Lela