Cooking in a Mayan House

Kristine Ellingson learned cooking in a Mayan house during her marriage to a Mayan man and living in a Mayan village for over 20 years. In the video below, Kristine describes the traditional cooking hut used by her Mayan mother-in-law, Carmen, also explaining Carmen’s method of cooking in a Mayan house. 

Cooking in a Mayan House

Carmen and her granddaughter, Rosa, prepare tortillas in Carmen’s cooking hut. Photo: Copyright 2010 Sheila Clark, used with permission.

In the video, you’ll see the inside of the cooking hut, the fire that’s kept burning all day long, the cooking pot where Carmen cooks her sauces, and the way she makes her tortillas.

In Kristine Ellingson’s book, Tales from the Yucatan Jungle: Life in a Mayan Village, Kristine tells her love story, how her chance meeting with a Mayan man while vacationing in Yucatan leads to their subsequent marriage. She also describes her adjustment to living in a Mayan village close to the Uxmal Mayan ruins and the intriguing, rich lives of her Mayan family and friends.

Timeline of the video above:

00:13 This is Carmen’s cooking hut
00:18 the hub of activity during the day,
00:23 that fire is started.
00:29 it’s a cooking pot – looks like a witch’s brew.
00:42 tortillas are going to be made
00:49 The oil barrel top for the “coma.”

Photo of Carmen making tortillas and cooking with her grown granddaughter : Copyright 2010 Sheila Clark, used with permission.

Carol Chapman

Carol Chapman is an author, inspirational speaker, and the creator of the online course, "Speak and Sell Books." As a speaker, she talks at weekend retreats, day-long events, and half-day programs. Her seminars are not only informative and transformational but also fun and entertaining. They often include participatory workshops and visual aids, such as videos and photographs. She specializes in dream interpretation, reincarnation, and Atlantis, and how to sell books while speaking. Formerly a photojournalist under contract to NASA, her photographs have appeared in magazines and newspapers throughout the world. She is the author of When We Were Gods, Arrival of the Gods in Egypt, Have Your Heart’s Desire, and the forthcoming Kindle series, "Public Speaking Tips for Authors."

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