Tacos and Tamales
Thank you Sulekha for the invite, I am honored to be here. So we are talking about our stomach tales. Well this is one I have not forgotten. Some years ago I found myself living in the great state of Arizona in Tucson to be exact. Now they had a radio program that promoted eating contest at a local restaurant, they would invite people to come down and watch the contest as well as enter the contests. They had something different every week from eating jalapeño peppers to raw oysters. Well I would go and watch but as much as I had grown fond of eating I could not bring myself to join the contests. I have always eaten what was put on my plate or as it was as when I younger you ate it or went hungry.
Now down there in Tucson there is a lot of Mexican food to be found and I am fond of tacos and tamales and there was this lady who had a taco stand across from where I worked. She sold tacos and tamales six for a buck. That’s a dollar US for those who are not familiar with US slang. So every day I would stop and buy some to take home and eat with my wife for our lunch, I only live a block away from work. We had grown very fond of her tamales so when I got a better job in Yuma I want to know how she made such wonderful tamales. Well I had to ask didn’t I? She did not speak English and I don’t speak Spanish, but we work it out with the help of her daughter. She showed me how she made them. There was nothing different than when I made them at home but the meat she was using. She opened up an ice chest and pulled out what looked like a skinned cat, and I was a little taken aback. I ask what it was and the little girl informed me it was desert iguana. Well I don’t know about going out and catching the iguanas some of them get to be six foot long or better, but they turned out to be good eating.
Well I bought six dozen to take on our move to Yuma. I told my wife what we were eating but it did not make a difference we liked them that well. So maybe its better to just eat what’s on your plate and not ask what’s on it.