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

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Abuelas around the world

I managed to do the impossible... I actually caught a cold for the first time here.  I could feel it coming on, so I knew what I needed, a little of Granny's chicken soup.  I love that in so many cultures, a good cup of broth is a cure-all.  I've had the Thai, Italian and French versions and of course, the classic Jewish grandmother's.  And very little can beat the rich caldo de pollo I get from our favorite restaurant in Etla, Comedor Colon.  However, this time,  I could take no chances... so I made it myself.

First I got the chicken from the best source, the lady in the Etla market that everyone says is the very best.  Chicken here is very different from the States... it actually has a taste... and it is delicious, the way it is supposed to be.  It helps that they are so fresh and local.  So I browned it with onions and garlic... ah, what an aroma.... until it was nice and deep golden brown.... added water, fresh basil and thyme from the garden, a shot or two of mezcal, a little very good soy sauce, some chile pasilla paste that an abulea had been selling door to door out here in the country.  The paste turned out to be totally killer... wonderful taste and... well, pretty pica, hot, spicy... perfect for cleaning our the sinuses.... simmered it for ninety minutes.

A little fresh cilantro from the garden, some lime juice.... ah.... as good as it gets.... and it worked, I feel much better.  Gracias, abuelas....

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

mmmiamm, mmiammm,!! That "caldito de pollo" sounds to be very tasty and good. Hope it helped you to recover your health. I didn´t knoww about the adition of mezcal . but it may well seem that the healing purpose is enriched with it. and if you want to try another medicinal recepie, you mix one shot of mezcal , one shot of honey bee, and one shot of lemon juice, mix them, and very warm you drink it little by litlle with a small spoon. and you will be completly recovered !! Best wishes !