This, we know: I’m kind of lousy at being Latino.
It’s okay. I can order food in a Mexican restaurant (unless the server asks questions.) I can blurt just enough on the soccer pitch to appear coherent. And my fluency doesn’t count in one particular room of the house:
I can make my own tortillas an guacamole. Beyond the language, I also struggle with the culture. My sister and I learned to make tamales by trial and error – in the early days, mostly error.
We got it down, though.
And she’s great about making cascarones on Easter and giving her kids ethnic names. One tradition neither of us carried on was that of Los Posadas. As kids, our families didn’t observe it, though.
Las Posadas refers to a nine-day observance in honor of Joseph and Mary and their journey to find a place to stay. It’s celebrated with dinner in a different home every night and traditional songs.
It’s nine days of festiveness and Mexican food, y’all. How was I not in on this from the start?
Better late than never. I’ve always gravitated toward la comida de mi gente (my people’s food) when times get tough. HERDEZ, makers of all sorts of Mexican deliciousness, gave me the opportunity to cook it up.
I asked Elise for suggestions for a Las Posadas feast.
I’m famous for big intentions and time mismanagement in the kitchen. Dreams of a huge ethnic feast boiled down a bit, but nothing to shake a maraca at. We wound up with:
Guacamole for an appetizer (I used HERDEZ salsa verde)
Chicken fajitas with peppers and onions
Red guajillo pepper rice (I substituted HERDEZ tomatillo cooking sauce)
and Fiesta S’mores.
For a night, at least, we rocked out the heritage!
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