My fiance has a lot of family in Mexicali, Mexico. Around 7 or 8 years ago we would often go down there to visit at least every three months or so before my son was born. Everything about Mexicali is amazing to me: the people, the landscape, the shops, and my new lovely extended family. The one thing that still stands out more than anything is the food.
One hot summer day in Mexicali, Mari, my fiance's cousin, was preparing some poblano chile rajas, or strips. Regardless of the hot weather, I jumped into the kitchen with her to learn all about this amazing homemade dish! We roasted the chiles over an open flame, then steamed and peeled them. After all that, we cut them into thin strips. That's why they're called rajas!
Every time I miss Mexicali, I make rajas at home the way Mari taught me, and that helps me out a little!