Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Viva Mexico!

I hereby interrupt this Mothers Week to remind you that it's Cinco de Mayo tomorrow! Now's your chance to take Sarah's advice and make a celebration out of your dinner tomorrow night.

Here's what we'll be doing at our house:

1. Cutting out some papel picado to string as a banner in our home. I lived in Mexico for a short time, and seeing these colorful banners bring back the most delightful memories imaginable. To make them, all you need is colorful tissue paper, scissors (or an exacto knife), and string. Fold the rectangular tissue paper in fourths or eighths, then cut out whatever shapes you fancy, just like making snowflakes. You can scallop the edges if you like. Then, fold the top of each one over your string, and attach with glue or staples.

2. Eating tacos, tacos, and more tacos. Pictured is my favorite fish taco. Regardless of your choice of meat, I say all you need for delish tacos are warm corn tortillas, cabbage, and pico de gallo.

My pico recipe:
diced tomatoes (I usually go with Roma this time of year)
diced onion
lime juice

Honestly, only you know what portions to use. Start with about 25% as much onion as tomato, and then taste it. Add more onion if it's lacking bite. Use as much cilantro as tastes right to you. If it tastes bland, you need more lime and salt. A hefty pinch of sugar will be perfect. And, if you like it a bit more spicy, use a serrano pepper--just make sure to remove the seeds before you mince it up or it will be a lot more spicy! I like to mix the pico up with my hands, squeezing as I go. This helps release all the juices from the tomatoes, plus it's good, messy fun.

3. Teaching the boys a bit about the holiday and its significance, and helping them learn a few new words in Spanish.

How will you be celebrating?


Sally said...

We celebrate Mexico at least 3 times a week at our house. I Love it! I've never put sugar in my pico though. I will have to try it.

The Parkers said...

Yes, we are big fish taco fans around here and seem to make them almost weekly :-) I will definitely have to try your pico de gallo recipe for tomorrow. Thanks for the post and reminder of this little holiday that I always forget to plan something for. Tomorrow we will have a Mexican feast and Mexican inspired crafts! Thanks again!

Melissa said...

It's refreshing to see a healthy perspective on this holiday. Unfortunately here, we try not to go anywhere on the eve of 5/5 due to all those who are out driving intoxicated. It's a big drinking holiday here. :(

Danielle said...

My husband will be bringing home Mexican take-out. Thanks to your post, I will also be making decorations with my little one. There is a strong chance that I will also decorate my dog, a chihuahua, in celebration of her native culture ;)