Thursday, June 7, 2007

The Saturday Night Befoodies: Mexican Night

Buen provecho! Last weekend we attended what I hope will be a long-lasting tradition. It was the first potluck dinner of the Saturday Night Befoodies (my temporary name for us). S and I have found great friends who love to cook and eat as much as we do. Every month we are going to get together and have an international feast. For our first time, we all paid homage to Mexican food.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bean hosted this time. They made a beautiful mole, a dish which Squeaky discovered at the Tulip Festival and has raved about ever since. Here's a photo of the mole, simmering away.
Would you believe the sauce is made with chocolate and three kinds of roasted chili peppers? An unlikely combination, unless one already knows the secrets of Mexican food or has watched Juliette Binoche in Chocolat. There's also bread and tortillas in it. It tasted as good as it sounds. Peanut Butter is going to e-mail me the link to this recipe so stay tuned. Squeaky and Calimocho brought some delicious guacamole and tons of enchiladas, and S and I brought a salsa salad and a Spanish paella.

Before we celebrated Mexico with its food, PB and J served a traditional drink called Mexican Flag.
Mexican Flag
shot 1: sangrita (tomato juice, orange juice, worcestershire, tobasco sauce, lime juice)
shot 2: tequila
shot 3: freshly squeezed lime juice.
Take a sip of each shot and let them blend in your mouth before swallowing. It's so much nicer than the usual salt and lime routine.

Here's a pic of the paella, and also a shot of PB and J's dining room that is so nice that I had to photograph it, too:


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