A celebration of recipes loved by Frida Kahlo, from: Frida’s Fiestas: Recipes and Reminiscences of Life with Frida Kahlo, by Guadalupe Rivera and Marie-Pierre Colle
On this Frida Friday, we share the recipe for the Oaxacan black mole served at Frida Kahlo’s and Diego Rivera’s wedding reception. The date of their boda was August 26, 1929—but before the newlyweds slipped away to honeymoon in Cuernavaca, a raucous fiesta was thrown by Frida’s bridesmaid, the photographer Tina Modotti, according to Frida’s Fiestas: Recipes and Reminiscences of Life with Frida Kahlo, written by Diego’s daughter, Guadalupe Rivera, with Marie-Pierre Colle.
In addition to this special mole negro, the wedding guests enjoyed mucho tequila and a traditional wedding feast—made by Diego’s second wife (Frida was No. 3) Lupe Marín and cooks specially hired from the local marketplace. The menu included: oyster soup (for all the aphrodisiac-y reasons), white rice with plantains, huauzontles in green and red sauce, chiles stuffed with cheese, chiles stuffed with picadillo, pozole rojo, flan, and a lavish wedding cake ordered by Frida.
Let’s Cook Like Frida in Honor of Her Art
We are celebrating favorite traditional Mexican dishes loved by Frida—like this mole negro—in honor of her many exhibitions this year. One of the most famous and recognizable artists of all time, Frida Kahlo is extra everywhere right now. Thanks to a seven-city Immersive Frida Kahlo show, the Mexican painter’s work and larger-than-life vida are being celebrated in light, sound and immersive visuals in: Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Toronto. For more information and tickets, visit https://www.immersive-frida.com.
And if you happen to live or be in the Chicago area, catch more Frida at the National Museum of Mexican Art. Home to one of the largest Mexican art collection in the United States, the museum is hosting two shows about the artista this year. The first is Surrounding Kahlo: Works from the Permanent Collection, March 5, 2022 to January 15, 2023. The second is Frida Kahlo, Her Photos, a powerful exhibition of her own photography, open April 1 through August 6, 2022. We plan to go to all three shows here at Familia Kitchen. And then come home and cook like her!
If you want to go deeper into la history of this traditional dish, check out our go-deep history of mole in Mexico.