The Rothschild’s had their Coat of Arms
The Channings had the Falcon Crest
And so the Enriquez will have their .... <
Really, this is almost not a joke!
My husband and I were planting cactus in our backyard and I joked with him and said “that can be your family crest”…and when I say I was joking…I
was really joking. I should've known better that my comment would get his wheels turning...and before I knew it, he actually started drawing up this family crest.
My initial reaction; I was freaking the heck out because I imagined him concrete stamping this family crest into our driveway…or having an iron smith create the crest for our gate…or having someone custom make a flag for the front of the house.
I’m not kidding people, this isn’t me being manic, he would probably do something crazy like that.
Thank God it’s only gotten as far as a napkin!!
There is a reason why we joke like a cactus is the life’s breathe of his family…his mom makes this amazing dish that has nopales in it.
Nopales is the pad off a cactus that is cleaned of needles, trimmed, cut into pieces, and boiled to soften.
I myself hadn’t eaten nopales until I met my husband. My family never ate them, but his mom cooked them all the time and has a garden of cactus in her yard which is why hers are so tasty and tender.
I’ve made them from the store and I don’t like them as much, they are thicker and tougher.
So we got some cuttings from her and I hope someday soon, I’ll cultivate my own nopales for cooking.
Now, they say that the nopal is the ”food of last resort”…but I say NOT!
This underrated, spiney, slimy (while you cook it) plant/veggie has a lot of potential.
Let’s just review some of the health benefits…
Health Benefits of Nopales…(taken from Wikipedia)
Nopales are very rich in
dietary fiber. They are also rich in
vitamin C, and
vitamin K, riboflavin and
vitamin B6) and
manganese, but also
copper). Nopales also reduces the
glycemic effect of a mixed meal.
low carbohydrate and may help in the treatment of
Nopales are also really good with mole sauce, mixed with salsa, as a veggie taco, mixed in eggs, and if you don’t clean them yet, you can chase the kids around the house waving it around like a mad woman to keep them in line.
My favorite way to eat them is in a dish my Suegra (Spanish for MIL) calls Espinazo (es Pee Nazo).
I would not dare try making them myself because I might slap my DH with a cactus pad if he makes a face and complains to me that “it doesn’t taste like my mom’s”.
So, I left it to him to figure out how he was going to have this dish on the ready…make it his darn self.
So he did, and at first attempt..”it was nothing like his mothers”, but tasted good.
In his defense, he went by memory and asking siblings. So he went straight to the source and got it on his second try. I'm really enjoying this stew like dish.
So I’m going to share this secret family recipe in a 3 part series of CACTUS CREST
*roll dramatic novela opening credits*
Tune in for the next episode…
And Buen Provecho!!