Meet Mayte. Mayte is from Mexico and makes the best Mexican food ever. I’ve met Mayte in Lyon, France. Our Belgian friend introduced us at an Internations event and we exchanged data and started hanging out together.
Mayte cherishes warm feelings for the Netherlands and Belgium, while I like her latina roots. Typical about Mayte is her energy, alegria and her laugh. You will recognize her laughter from a distance. There are loads of things I appreciate about this woman – but I absolutely love her cooking skills. When Mayte is taking care of the food, foodporn is guaranteed. And if you are lucky, she will offer you a glass of good quality tequila.
So, you live in Lyon. Since when?
I arrived here two years ago. I’ve been living abroad for 7 years now.
What are you doing here? What motivated you to make the move?
I’m learning French in the hope I can get a job in Montreal or Belgium. I would like to get the Canadian – or Belgium – residence.
What did you do before you arrived in Lyon?
I worked and studied in Madrid.
Was it easy to adjust to the people in Lyon/France?
Not at all. The Lyonnais are very closed, it is hard to get in contact with them.
What is your best memory?
I’ve experienced so many good moments, that I can’t pick one. They are all special. The best of everything is that I’ve made good friends here.
What is your worst memory?
Until now, I don’t have bad memories.
What is your plan for the future? Would you like to stay in France, or are you planning on something else?
I won’t stay here forever. I would like to live in Montreal or Brussels, so I will move to one of those as soon as I find a job.
Rajas con queso
- 5 chiles poblanos – or green bell pepper
- 3 onion – small slices
- 1 can of elote (or corn)
- 200 gr grated cheese
- 800 ml cream
- 1 can of vaporated milk
- 1 cube of broth
- Black pepper
Fry the onion. When the onion start to change from colour, add the chile poblano – or bell pepper. Add salt and pepper as soon as they start softening. Then add the cream, cheese, corn, broth and evaporated milk.
Let this cook on low fire for a while, until all the ingredients mix well and become a mass.
Serve this dish with tortillas and mashed beans, for example.