Have you ever been emotionally attached to food? Or happen to have a memory about food that makes you emotional? I know I have. I have one word: tacos. Tacos and I have a thing for each other. You see, when I was just a young child, my granddad would make tacos every time my mama and I would come visit. Now these tacos weren't just regular tacos. These were super tacos. These tacos were jammed packed with meat, cheese, green onions, lettuce, black olives, tomatoes, sour cream and love. I had never eaten a taco so scrumptious. Taco eating at 2912 Seminary was always an out of body experience. Once everyone had their tacos and was seated, there was complete silence. And after all plates were cleared, we would sit back, watch a movie and eat butter scotch candies. Moments like those made a small but big impact on my life. Family time as a child.
After a few years of visiting, then leaving craving them, I realized that time was overdue for me to learn his secret. One day after grocery shopping I noticed that my mama bought items for tacos, so I jumped on the opportunity for her to teach me how to make them. Once I made that first taco.. And bit into that first taco.. It was on! Since then, I have made thousands of tacos. My granddad died in 2002, so every time I eat or make tacos, I make them with my granddad in my spirit. When people eat my tacos they taste more than just flavor, they taste the love. And that’s the emotion that I want people to feel. Love conquers all, and food is always the way to someone’s heart. When people are full and sleepy, even if they don’t like you, in that moment, they will love you.
So, my question to you is: Do you have a favorite food memory? How about you leave us a comment telling us what your best food memory is. It can be a happy memory or an angry memory. Just leave one that automatically came to mind when you first read this blog..
And I know you want to taste my tacos. So I will leave the top secret recipe for you execute. Do so at your own risk.
1 pound of ground beef
½ diced white onion
1 head of lettuce
½ pound cheddar cheese
1 pack of corn tortillas
1 can of black olive-drained
Taco seasoning pack
1 tablespoon cumin
hot sauce to taste
Cook 1 pound of ground beef in large sauce pan with ½ diced white onion. Once fully browned, drain grease from meat and place back on top of the stove. Add the Del Monte’ taco seasoning packet, stir and repeat with the table spoon of cumin. Add water and let evaporate. Stir occasionally. In a non stick sauce pan (medium or large) place a cap full of oil into the skillet and allow it to get hot. Then, you want to place a corn tortilla in the center of skillet for 30 seconds and flip it. Once flipped you must place a scoop of meat on the center of the tortilla and fold it over immediately, let stand for another 30 seconds and repeat on the other side. Once the tortilla shell is complete, you remove the taco from the skillet and place it on a plate with napkins so the remaining grease can drain out.
Then you repeat the taco making process until you have the desired amount. After all of the tacos are cooked, you (or the people eating them) will place desired condiments’, (always put the cheese directly on the meat when it’s hot so it can melt) and chow down!!
NOTE: These tacos will not taste like mine, unless, you are cooking it with love. All the way from the time you buy the ingredients, until the time you are setting plates and giving out the tacos. Love is the number one ingredient. (To anything) ;-)
C'est la vie.. (SAY LA VEE)