All Souls’ Day is coming in a few days, and there is nothing else that we’d want to do more than remember and honor our departed loved ones. But as the government ordered cemeteries to close during Undas week, we are forced to look for new ways to observe the season while at the confines of our homes.
Among the many options that we can do are to offer prayers, novenas, Masses, and to light candles for the dead—just like what we would do at the cemetery. (Read: Undas Online Is Now Accepting Prayer Requests) But did you know that you can also honor the souls of your departed loved ones through food?
Yes, you read that right. Some cultures actually offer food to the dead during Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead to honor them. This practice is depicted in the animated Disney movie, Coco, which follows the heartwarming story of a young Mexican boy named Miguel and his journey to realizing the importance of music, family, and even the dearly departed.
Food in Focus: Coco the Movie
Aside from its heartwarming story, Coco also shows moviegoers some dishes that are served during the Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos. These dishes serve as an act of offering to all the souls of the family members who already passed away, as it is believed that these souls come back to visit their families on this specific day. (Read: 3 Ways to Observe Undas Amid Quarantine Restrictions)
In observance of the Undas season, My Pope found some Dia de los Muertos recipes that are Coco-inspired! Check them out below and try them at home to celebrate the memories of your departed loved ones!
Coco-Inspired Recipes: Pan de los Muertos
Literally translated to “Bread of the Dead,” pan de los muertos is an orange-flavored cake that is traditionally served on the altar for the dead. It used to be in the shape of a skull and crossbones, but as time progressed, people have made it into different shapes like coffins and graveyards—basically any shape you want!
Find the recipe for pan de los muertos here.
Coco-Inspired Recipes: Aguas Frescas
Aguas Frescas is a refreshing drink made by putting fruit juice into a glass of water and a bit of sweetener. This is a relatively healthier drink because you actually get to drink the vitamins and nutrients that came straight from the fruit itself!
Here’s a recipe for aguas frescas you can try at home.
Coco-Inspired Recipes: Quesadilla
Quesadilla is one of the more popular Mexican dishes that leave many people craving on a regular basis. It’s a tortilla with cheese, meat, and sometimes vegetables inside, cooked until the tortilla is crispy and the cheese melted.
Make it at home by trying this recipe.