As an almost native Californian, I had (what I thought was...) a well developed love of Mexican food (Tip; when in Mexico DO NOT ask for 'chips' with any meal as they will NOT know what you mean AND they will look at you as though you are a chimpanzee. FRENCH BREAD ONLY, please...), but after a couple of gorgeous meals I quickly understood that I had not eaten any true Mexican cuisine- the central feature of which was an ever changing galaxy of deeply flavorful and complex moles'.
Alas, when I left Mexico, I also left mole. I thought, well, I have my memories.... but then my friend Fatima surprised me!
Fatima had the hook-up! Straight from Mexico City, made with loving hands (it takes DAYS and dozens and dozens of ingredients to make it!); deep, rich, complex and wonderful mole!
So sorry about the insanely poor quality of the photo, but it was low light and my cell phone was being cranky! Anyway, you can still see her beautiful presentation plus it was DELICIOUS! Fatima also suggested some slices of fresh plantain over my rice (you would not think that combination would work- but wow!). The plantain gave the rice a mild sweetness and once you had it in your mouth, it coalesced into something reminiscent of a red rice pudding. It was the perfect compliment to the savory goodness of the shredded chicken, spring onions, cilantro, crema (a fresh buttery-rich table cream ) and mole!
Thank you Fatima!!!!!!