NACHO gourmet dinner
Oct. 29, 2011 7:31 pm
Updated: Oct. 30, 2011 8:08 pm
I have no idea what posessed me this afternoon... after all, we had enchiladas last night for dinner. Fact of the matter was that I've been craving nachos for a week or so now... I was prepared to put out taco fixin's for J, but I was determined to sit
down to a huge ol' plate of nacho's for dinner!
I loaded a pile of chips with taco meat, shredded cheese, salsa, black olives, diced red onion... all with a side of refrieds! I believe it's safe to say that I scratched "that" itch for a bit... unless I finish up the beans and meat as a late night snack
Speaking of Mexican foods, I found myself reading a newsletter I get re: Mexican cuisine, and was faced with "Bread for the Dead," or "Pan de Muerto." Of course, this intrigued me enough to learn more... Apparently this bread is often baked in the month
of October, in preperation for the first few days of November, when Dia de los Muerto is celebrated. This apparently takes a few days/nights, and celebrates the passing of loved ones, first children, and then adults. It isn't a mourning of those who have
moved on, but more a celebration of the lives of loved ones who are no longer with us.
Pan de Muerto is an orange flavored bread, somewhat sweet, and is baked and left out for the spirits who return to visit their families these first days of November. Other foods, soaps, razors... all sorts of things are placed out on or around an altar, which
is lit by candles to guide the spirits home. Photos and other personal items are also left out.
Well, my "dark side" was drawn to this whole process... I sort of like the idea of a wake rather than a sombre funeral... or what about those held in the south, where the procession from church to cemetary is accompanied by brass horns... singing and dancing,
as they go. Enough chatting on that subject, I suppose! Must admit though, I was tempted to bake a loaf....
So, as all hallowed e'en approaches, lets all try to be healthy, happy, and just that tad bit crazy!