I'm Melting in Southern California!!!
Jul. 21, 2011 7:25 pm
Updated: Sep. 7, 2011 3:00 pm
Yeah, it's been ages since I've blogged, however, by the title, you can tell I'm not in Kenai anymore... at least for the moment.
Mom had surgery. Dad ain't no nurse and would rather ignore than help. Also, he is so rickety on his legs, I don't trust him safely managing the situation. I might not be in the best of health (still recovering from that car accident) but I'm definitely
up to it. So I flew down to my home state and have been a caretaker here since June 2.
I have had an epicurian epiphany!!! Now, I know I grew up in a high-density Hispanic community but I never went shopping... Shame on me! But back in the last 70's, the supermarkets were making their move... But I have discovered "El Super", a truly Hispanic
Supermarket where I went bonkers!!!!!
99 cents for three pounds of ripe peaches? 99 cents for nine leeks?? $1.49 for three pounds of ripe cherries??? Where has this supermarket been all my life??
Best of all -- pre-marinated meats that I absolutely felt weak in the knees. So I bought... too much. But I found such luscious desserts, many without dairy products (which my mom cannot handle). Including a wonderful mosaic jello dessert far more flavor-filled
that Jello! And flan measuring over twelve inches in diameter, decorated with fresh strawberries and peaches??
So I picked up some freshly made masa for tamales, etc, marinated pork in bite-size pieces, too many canned products, leeks, cherries, pastries, tapas, shrimp ceviche, fresh farmer cheese, and Mexican CREME!!!!! Ah!!! Wonderful, slightly cultured creme a
little thinner than standard sour cream but without the additives. This stuff was scooped up from vats in the deli and plopped in the tallest deli container they had. Yummy!!! Could this be better than....???
So I made a tamale pie with the pork... nice and spicy with creme pooling over it surrounded in a pool of fresh salsa and freshly crumbled cheese... I'm in heaven! And this masa is so creamy, fluffly... with REAL LARD. You wouldn't believe it did because
of the texture, but the taste says EVERYTHING!!!! And the Deli also had fresh sweet corn tamales which I'm steaming tonight!! Yay!!!!
I also brought with me a cookbook devoted to the sweets of Mexico:
If you are even 10% interested in this subject, GET THIS COOKBOOK!!!! I'll be working on Churros filled with Cajeta, caramel made from goat's milk (don't let this gross you out -- it's even BETTER than cow's milk-based caramels!!).
My next Days of the Dead celebration feasts are going to be so different and so much better from now on!!
Sorry... Gotta go. I made myself very hungry!!