There were photos of Braceros which are kitchen islands in older homes such as the one we are cooking at in Diana's house. One article was about the mother of Consuela, Diana's housekeeper. It described how she made tamales from the male corn plant when it tassles. It is quite a process of drying the seeds and beating them with a peach tree stick then grinding them for the masa. There were many other recipes that I won't be able to include at this time but will at sometime in the future.
Diana's household staff was made up of Consuela, the aforementioned housekeeper, her husband Carlos who is the handyman, Vernonica, Carlo's sister, Sonia who works in the kitchen but is not related to the others, Miguel ( Ponsy) who helps out wherever needed and Alejandro sort of the Rancho manager. They were all very sweet and certainly a patient group to work for Diana on a daily basis.
|Veronica in the kitchen|
|Diana's collection of Regional Mexican pottery-we got to use alot of these pieces|
We went back to San Cayetano and unloaded. Heidi had had a bad night so stayed back to rest. Diana was delighted to see the five of us but concerned over Heidi. Compliments all around from Diana, Cindy's blue shirt with a red apron impressed her as did Mary and my French print scarves and on and on. She was ready for a few days off I think. We began to talk about the days menu. She already had chicken for "Sopa de Lima" poaching in the earthenware pot. She added extra bones to enrich the stock. We picked the bitter limes from the greenhouse. What a different lime! They were bright dark green like the Persian limes but fragrant with a bitter flesh that was perfect for the sope. "The Cuisines of Mexico" has this seemingly simple recipe on pgs 144-145. There are quite a few steps to get the sopa into our bowls but my favorite part is the end of the recipe where you drop half of a bitter lime into the broth then retrieve it after a few seconds, place broth into individual soup bowls, fry tortilla strips and while they are still hot drop some into the broth so they sizzle. Little bowls of condiments similar to pozole are passed around.
Heidi showed up mid day feeling much better and with her appetite back.
|Heidi Krahling-happy mom to be|
|Diana Kennedy squeezing the oil out of pumpkinseed paste|
|Tom Worthington with his beloved apple infused mezcal|
|Paula Lambert intently listening to Diana's stories, "Bracero"|
or kitchen island in the background
Diana came over bearing the Chorizo verde and Chorizo rojo that we made earlier in the week and left to dry. They were to be prepared for breakfast the next day along with the conchas. Andre made himself scarce but did oversee the kitchen when the pozole was served. It was delicious and a perfect ending to the day. We had beer and another sipping of tequila with Diana joining us. She promised to bid us off in the morning and most likely make sure the chorizo was served!