Guatemalan Cooking School: Ixim in San Pedro
Guatemalan cooking, even something as simple as making tortillas, is not as easy as it looks. this is where Angela and Li of the new Ixiim Cooking School in San Pedro come to the rescue.
Angela hails from Valencia in Spain, while Li is originally from Antigua, Guatemala. The two friends started their cooking school because they’re passionate about food and cooking and want to share this passion with others. They chose the name Ixiim, which means corn in Mayan, the staple of Guatemalan cuisine. The corn theme is also evident in the abundance of yellow in the décor and the depiction of the god of corn in their school’s logo.
At Ixiim Cooking School, you’ll learn how to cook just like Guatemalan women have been doing for centuries, using natural ingredients. You even get to grind your own corn with a grinder that belonged to Li’s Kaqchikel Mayan family.
Guatemalan Food: Pepian, Jocón, Hilachas
Among the dishes you can learn how to prepare are pepián, the Mayan stew that was born when Mayan and Spanish cultures met. Also on the menu are jocón, a beautiful green chicken stew, and the spicy shredded-beef stew known as hilachas. For dessert there is rellenitos, or mole with plantains, and to wash it all down you can learn how to make horchata, rosa de Jamaica or atole. Naturally you’ll also learn the secret of making the perfect tortilla.
The school is located in a beautiful garden setting, and you cook over an open fire, which adds to the atmosphere. The garden itself is a lush paradise with fruit trees, vegetable and herb beds and lots of visiting hummingbirds and is the perfect place to enjoy the meal you’ve created with your new-found skills.
What makes a workshop at Ixiim Cooking School even better is that it’s a fun way to learn about Guatemalan culture and traditions while practicing your Spanish and making your time in San Pedro count. Classes are conducted in English, Spanish and German and up to ten people can be accommodated at a time. One-on-one classes are an option too for a more personal experience.
Flexible Classes and Hours
Classes usually start at around 11 in the morning or 4 in the afternoon and last about two and a half hours. However, Angela and Li are flexible and will go out of the way to accommodate your schedule. They’re flexible in the menu options too and will be happy to give you vegetarian or gluten-free options.
If you just want a quick introduction to Guatemalan cuisine, you can go for a one-hour workshop and learn how to cook just one recipe to wow your friends with. Alternatively, you can take a workshop that lasts a whole week. Come on, what are you waiting for?
Ixiim Cooking School is located along the main tourist trail and just across from Hotel Pinocchio.
Website: Guatemalan Cooking School