What a great weekend! Having my family in town is always a nice treat. I taught from 6 a.m. till 2:15 p.m. on Friday and hurried home as fast as I could. Kate and Aby were at the fitting for the commercial and my Mom was relaxing on the couch when I got home. We caught up, looked thru cookbooks and I showed her my redesigned walk-in closet. I had all the ingredients to make Minilla Veracuzana (a tuna topping for tostadas in Kennedy’s book from Chef Ricardo Muñoz) and knowing that my mother is an expert at making the tortillas and beans, we got started.
I watched her fry the corn tortillas in the oil and got a pot of beans cooking on the stove. She was a little worried about the ingredients in the tuna dish but knowing how great of a chef Diana Kennedy was we knew to just stick with it. The Minilla Veracruzana had tomatoes and bay leaves, parsley, olives, capers and a ton of other little ingredients, but the taste was out of this world! Kate, Aby and my Mom were thoroughly impressed and Andrew topped his tostada so high he could barely fit it in his mouth. My mom and sister both got about 2 hours of sleep the night before so we all went to bed pretty early.
I taught from 10:30 until about 3 p.m. the next day. While I was away Andrew took my mom to lunch at our local seafood restaurant, EMC. They ate a ton of food and didn’t bring me any leftovers. I was so jealous that I ended up getting food to go from there and making them eat with me again when I got home (with a little champagne of course). He also took her on a tour of the Korean mall/market which quickly makes you feel like you are in a whole other country.
While Saturday’s dish was not from the cookbook, it had to be made. My Mom makes these killer tacos. She stuffs corn tortillas with beef and potatoes (chicken and potatoes for my non red meat eating sister and niece) and fries this in oil to get them nice and crunchy. She makes fresh salsa and has all the toppings set out and you stuff your face. We invited Katie and Mark over to take part in the enjoyment of eating this specialty. I tried to take over as much of the work as I could, but I can’t take credit for actually putting the meat inside the tortilla and holding it together with toothpicks. That is the hardest part and my Mom is much better at it. I did fry all the tacos. All 30-40 of them. That job was seriously time consuming. I do not know how she does it when she has to cook for my 6 nieces plus all the adults in the family. We ended the night with beer and gin cocktails and a very heated game of Taboo.
I was so sad to see them leave early on Sunday morning and can’t wait till they come back.