Had a craving for good Mexican/Southwestern food, so decided to invite friends over for tea Friday night…and then realised that you can’t get any of the ingredients here!!! Aaaaggghhh…
Ah, well. We can still have fake Mexican food.
I worked in a good Southwestern restaurant once, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Gorgeous food. I’ve made tortillas and sopapillas by hand from masa. One of the best things that I have ever eaten in my life is carne adovada. Cooked slowly, with chiles and herbs, until the meat is saturated with the flavour and ready to fall apart. Gorgeous. *drool* In New Mexico, they say the state question is “red or green?” Referring to the chiles that go into preparing the dish.
Now I’m hungry. Really hungry.
I miss good Jewish delis, too. Nothing better than matzoh brei (spelling?) at Jerry’s Famous Deli on Sunday morning, served with sour cream. Or the food at Cantors, served by the surliest waitresses in the world. You know those paper towl commercials where they have the two stubbly guys pretending to be housewives? They would fit right in at Cantors. It was always a late-night hangout after the clubs closed. The waitresses were cranky at that time in the morning, and boy did they hate club kids. So much fun.
We won’t even talk about Thai food, or I think I shall start to cry. Tom Kah Kai. Mint chicken, very hot. Yum.