A Trip to Mexico: Or, Recollections of a Ten-months' Ramble, in 1849-50

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Smith, Elder and Company, 1851 - Mexico - 256 pages
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Page 52 - This cavity is soon filled with the sap which should have gone to nourish the stalk, and as it flows is removed several times daily for some months, or as long as the tap yields. A portion of this juice (called honey-water, aguamiel) is set apart to ferment and act as a sort of leaven or yeast for the rest. This is called Madre-Pulque, the mother of pulque, and when completely prepared (which it is in about a fortnight), a small portion of it is added to the skins or tubs containing the fresh aguamiel,...
Page 53 - ... and this seems to answer very well. This process of milking the Aloe is, as might be expected, a fatal one to the plant, but before it dies it always throws out shoots which keep up the stock. The fermentation is usually conducted in skins, and as soon as this is over the Pulque is fit for drinking. To strangers both the taste and smell are horrible, something of the style of rotten eggs ; but one soon gets accustomed to the flavour.
Page 52 - Spain), that their lives would.be endangered if they left it off. The manner of making this drink is as follows : When the aloe is just on the point of throwing up its huge stem from its coronet of leaves, deep amidst which its broad basis had been for some time forming, the farmer or gardener scoops out the whole pith, leaving the outer rind, and thus making, inside the circle of leaves, a bowl-like cavity about two feet deep and eighteen inches wide, according to the size of the plant. This cavity...
Page 45 - A composite description of the early diligence follows : "The body of the carriage . . . rests upon two broad leather straps, fastened before and behind to wooden projections rising from the bed. They are very strong, and the whole contrivance, admirably adapted for Mexican roads. . . . The Diligence has three seats, and three persons sit upon each seat, those in the middle row having a leather strap for their backs, moveable for the convenience of the passengers behind them. The doors are like ordinary...
Page 38 - Vera Cruz, on the whole, is a better town than I had been led to hope, but it does not equal the expectations formed from first seeing it from the sea. It is full of churches, and the towers of these, from the sea, give it the appearance of a much finer place than it is in reality.
Page 39 - I have seen a horse give his last gasp at three or four o'clock in the afternoon, and when I passed the same way betimes the next morning, nothing was left but bones, and those disjointed, and flung in every direction.
Page 15 - ... with his handkerchief. Then I sat on a piece of raspberry pie, and spoiled my white pants, and concluded I didn't want anything more. I had to stand up against a tree the rest of the afternoon. The day offered considerable variety, compared to every-day life, but there were so many drawbacks that I did not enjoy it so much as I might have done. THE VISION OF THE MONK GABRIEL.
Page 57 - ... full of shops and stalls, tenanted by old ladies selling dulces (sweetmeats), figures of rags (for which Puebla is famous), and all manner of nic-nacs.

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