I have started to participate in a Facebook event called 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History. It was created by Amy Coffin of the We Tree blog and this week’s focus is food. Week 5: This challenge runs from Saturday, January 29, 2011 through Friday, February 4, 2011.
Week #5 – Favourite Food
I have wonderful memories of when I was a child and my mom was cooking in the kitchen. I would say that it was tough to come up with my FAVORITE food because everything my mom made was delicious. She used to make flour tortilla from scratch and by hand. I remember the first time she allowed/taught me how to roll out a tortilla. I rolled it out myself and when I was done, it was in the shape of Mickey Mouse’s head. She helped me cook it and put butter on it and boy was that yummy!!! I also remember when I would peek around the door into the kitchen unbeknownst to my mom, I would catch singing to her favorite spanish song that was playing on an old transistor type of radio that was on her favorite spanish radio station. She would cook and sing at the same time. My mom has a beautiful voice too! I loved watching her in the kitchen. She looked so very happy when she was cooking!
It was hard to come up with my FAVORITE, but I did. I loved my mom’s Chicken Mole. When I was a kid, she would make it from scratch. I can tell you that it isn’t easy to make this dish from scratch. I do know that there are a lot of spices that go in there and one of them is chocolate! (Maybe that’s why its my favorite???) She would make spanish rice and put a mound of it on our plate and top it with a piece of chicken that had been cooking in the mole sauce then she would pour mole sauce over it. With her freshly made flour tortilla, I was in heaven! That is, in my opinion, the ultimate comfort food…my favorite food.
I have made chicken mole and it has come out ok. It would never been as good as my mom’s, maybe because I use the pre-made jar of mole sauce concentrate. You just add the concentrate to the boiled chicken and cook it for a little while so that the chicken absorbs the flavors of the mole sauce. Like I said, it is good, but it’s not close to the “from scratch” version my mom made.