> Frank and I have been back from our delightful week in Puerto Vallarta just a little over a week now. We have gone from balmy, relaxing seaside ambience to rain, cold, rain, cold, depressing weather. Today, while we were driving in the rain, I spotted a Mexican grocery store, La Superior Supermercado, in North Highlands. Hmm, I thought to myself, I wonder if this store has masa already mixed, that I could use to make homemade tortillas. I was remembering the tasty little treats we had enjoyed on our day trip to the villages in the hills above Puerto Vallarta.
Fresh homemade tortillas in Mexico
We stopped at the market, and I was pleasantly surprised to see how large the interior of the market was, and I was impressed with the variety of fresh food available. Once inside, the first counter was a taqueria, serving up all manner of Mexican food, as tacos, burritos. Next was a fresh cheese counter, then a butcher counter, with some tasty-appearing steaks, roasts, chickens, and some not-so-tasty-appearing (to me) delights, such as tripe, chicken feet, pig feet.
On the other side of the store was a large produce section, where I found the little Mexican limes that I love, as well as avocados, chilies, both fresh and dried, bins of dried beans. There were also tomatillos and jicama, lettuces, tomatoes, and some vegetables I was not familiar with.
I wandered through the store, looking at everything. Frank enjoyed conversing with different employees of the store while I browsed. The market did have prepared masa for making tamales, but did not masa ready-made for making tortillas. However, since it was a rainy day, and we had nothing else on our calendar for the day, we decided to make a Mexican dinner, and I decided I would try to make some homemade tortillas, although I had to mix up the masa myself.
My little dough balls, ready for the tortilla press.
On the griddle. Pinto beans are simmering in the pot.
I made some guacamole and some pico di gallo, and Frank grated some of his favorite cheese, cotijo, for our snack.
Frank is happy with the outcome.
I had learned a new skill. Well, I should say, I had tried something new. The tortillas were too small and they were thicker than I wanted, and certainly not big enough for making enchiladas, but I was not too disappointed. They tasted good, and I will try to make them again, soon.
I couldn’t replicate the balmy, breezy weather that we enjoyed in Mexico, but we had fun reminiscing about our most recent adventure, while we cooked and ate.
Later, for dinner, we made chicken enchiladas (using store-bought corn tortillas), pinto beans and Spanish rice. All together, we had a delightful afternoon, doing one of the things I love most: cooking. Frank got to do the clean-up, and while that is probably not his favorite activity, he did not complain.
So, although we can’t travel to exotic places all the time, it was fun to remember our vacation while learning something new.
Until our next adventure,