Sunday, September 23, 2012
The Power of Tex-Mex
A person can do a lot for love. Traverse the desert, row across the ocean, climb the highest peak….or maybe pay something like $16 for 1.75 pounds of tortilla chips. I think I did that this weekend. I can’t remember. Not because I was drinking or anything like that, but because I lost the receipt. But, I am pretty sure the tortilla chips were 8,000 Ariary for a 200 gram bag. That’s about $4 per bag…and I bought 4 bags.
I also turned one of the easiest Austin meals into one of the most complicated and time consuming meals I have ever produced. We hosted a Texas brunch this morning. I made migas. We love migas! But, when you have to make your own salsa (I made two kinds – basic red and mango), corn tortillas, flour tortillas and giant pot of beans a quick meal turns into a weekend long project.
But, for the love of Tex-Mex there was no way around it. And, the pay off was absolutely fabulous! A house full of great friends, at least three languages being spoken around every corner, kids running like crazy and one friendly Spaniel bounding in circles around our house while our lazy, one-eyed, 11-year-old giant of a dog looked on.
So, in case there was ever any doubt, let me provide this confirmation – there’s no food like Tex-Mex. No barrier can stop the love of a Austin girl for her triangles of crispy, salted corn bliss and no amount of work dulls the senses to the energy of migas, coffee and oj shared with good friends in the morning. There you have it folks! Tex-Mex wins again!