Monday, May 5, 2008

Happy Cinco de Mayo

In our ongoing attempt to introduce the children to other foods, most especially by celebrating every festival possible, we had a Cinco de Mayo dinner. As friends of ours popped in for a visit ten minutes before dinner (and with my consitutional inability to cook the appropriate amount of food for the number of guests) we had six adults and four children for dinner: and the children begged to be allowed to eat on the deck, while we ate in the cooler dining room! Without children!
Simple food: fajitas (both beef and chicken) with home made guacamole, onions, bell peppers , sour cream, etc. I was shown how to make home made tortillas too: which tasted wonderful: I may have to buy a tortilla press and try them myself.

I've never been a big fan of Tex-Mex cuisine, so it surprised me how much I liked the food --- I marinated the flank steak in lime juice, cilantro, olive oil, cumin, salt, pepper, garlic for a couple of hours, and the chicken in lime juice, olive oil, oregano, salt and pepper for a similar time. I was using recipes from The New Basics cookbook (from the Silver Palate people): it's one of my favourite cookbooks, and it came through once again.

Let's see: what is the next festival to celebrate?

Yours, in a festive mood,


Paul Nichols said...

I was born and raised on Mexican food. American food is almost foreign to me. Well, not quite, but...

I'm gonna check out that cookbook you mentioned. Hmmmmm...

PS: Sour cream is not a Mexican food item.

Tastefully yours,

awareness said...

the next festival?? hmmmmm.....Mother's Day!

And then Victoria Day! :)

But they arent really festivals are they.......guess you'll have to make one up.