Next topic - so last Sunday, an angel named Tara, invited me (and Scott and friends) over to her house for Mexican night. Anything called Mexican night is also a huge deal..right up there Mall Food Court (MFC from here on out). You see, Tara works as a foreign service officer for USAID. So, this means she has all access to the US commissary here AND they can order anything they want, anytime online and have it delivered to the embassy. This is HUGE. So, for example, Tara has access to Tostitos, black beans, cheese from home, specialty supplies like ancho chillies in adobo sauce or whatever, salsa, etc. She can get all sorts of stuff that I as a commoner contractor cannot get. The other thing about Tara is she is a fellow Texan so we can sign state songs together and talk about Davey Crockett and Sam Houston. AND she knows Tex-mex. She has this Tex Mex cooking bible - it literally glows when it sits on a shelf.
She made us an AMAZING dinner of two types of enchiladas, queso dip, two types of salsas, black bean dip, mexican rice...ooooh it was goooood. So gooooood. I wish I would have taken photos. I was too busy eating queso dip. Tara cooked it up right. (Yes, She also cooks upright).
My contribution was dessert - and it needed to be some type of spanish sounding thing. I attempted churros, but since I didn't have a pastry bag or tip, they looked like uh cinnamon poopoo. So, I decided to make TRES LECHES cakes, which I like too much.
I sort of combined two recipes - the Alton Brown Recipe from Food Network and one from Allrecipes.com. It turned out GREAT! I was worried since I couldn't try it until it was time to serve and there was a good 10 or so people there. Here's the process:
|Borrow a mixer from your neighbor Scott. Then mix the wet ingredients first. This is half a cup butter, 1 c. sugar, 5 eggs, half tsp vanilla.|
|mix the dry ingredients - about 1.5 cups of flour, 1 tsp baking powder, half tsp salt. Then slowly add the dry stuff into the wet stuff and mix well.|
|borrow a cake pan from your neighbor Scott. Get said pan ready. Dump batter into pan.|
|Mix together evaporated milk, normal milk, and condensed milk and dump all over cake once it's cooled.|
|The milks will fully absorb and look like this. Then put it in the fridge over night.|
Okay, that's it for me. This post took forever.