The here and now... and what and why

Complacency is a trap. At least that’s what I was thinking when I up and left the comfort of a Yankee prep school gig, where I taught music, amongst other things, for 28 years. There was also that life long career as a composer, musician and artist.

First, it was a year in St. Thomas, USVI, working as a reporter and shooting photography and then, a year in San Agustin Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Time passed.
More time passed and a year back in the Athens of America followed by a hasty return to Oaxaca where it is all happening.
A couple of years in San Sebastian Etla and now, just down the road in San Pablo Etla. Life is good.

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Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
Musician, photographer, videographer, reporter, ex-officio teacher, now attempting to be a world traveler

Monday, November 4, 2013

More food, glorious food.

We stopped at the house of Zacarias and Emilia Ruiz in Teotitlan del Valle a couple of times over the weekend.  The whole Ruiz family are such wonderful people and cherished friends..... and Emilia may be one of the best cooks evah.... seriously.  On Friday we had these very special tamales filled with chicken and mole amarillo.  They are quite delicate and the flavors are wonderfully subtle. She had made a mere 400 of them for the day.  We put a minor dent in that number.
On Sunday, we returned for mole negro and there is no way to describe how good it was.  Emilia's mole has such an amazing texture and color.  I think it is the best I have ever had and I have had it many times at their house and guess what?  It is always the best I have ever had.  Evah!!
That is Sergio in the background behind the mezcal bottle.
Here is Claudia, Antonio's beautiful wife, serving some up to take to him as he was working at the school as part of his cargo, his village assignment for the year.
And she kept saying she was not beautiful.....  yeah, right.
 A kettleful for a hundred servings or so.
After stuffing ourselves we were ready to buy some rugs, which I will show you in a bit.  For now, enjoy that cheese samich you're eatin;-)


Anonymous said...

This cloying mole sauce designed only to dress up an otherwise bland boiled chicken leg. We'll stick with the 'cheese samich' thank you very much, perhaps a fresh baguette with camembert and saucisson à l'ail. For sure, the last photo is reminiscent of a plunger stuck in a typical Oaxacan public toilet bowl;-)

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Oswaldo Lopez said...

Down home cookin!
Ain't nothin like it.