cinco de mayo!!
that's the battle of puebla day, bro!
the magical mexico day that all those turbo-american build-a-wall A*-holes
probably still celebrate-
because $2 tacos and $3 coronas is just too good a deal to pass up,
even if you're a bigot and a F*-face.
i rep cinco muy muy hard every year.
...i didn't expect to do it solo, again;
but having to do all my dirt all by my lonely
is not a good reason NOT to do it to eleven.
on the ones, if you aren't gonna get expert, then get the F* outta here.
too much is the right amount,
and even though i had a grand total of ZERO margaritas (that's my lifetime average),
i still got into some heavy-duty things, in massive quantities,
as a delicious and direct method of taking my mind off of other much heavier
and substantially less delicious things.
there's always a choice, neighbors.
and rational self-interest suggests that you pick the option
that is the most profitable and productive.
it's situational, but it's quantifiable, subject to your hierarchy of values.
nevermind all that.
let's talk about what actually happened-
y'boi went full shark-gluttonous juggernaut on some foodstuffs.
check the teleport:
TOSTADA BE KIDDING ME!
severely toasted corn tortillas?
they're just too much like crunchy tacos, which are pure bullsh!t.
i still ate all four, but i was not as psyched as i likely would've been if they were flour jauns.
the insides were tip-top-notch, for sure.
mixed lettuces, sweet yellow pepper bits, blackened tomatoes,
agave-glazed fried black peppered pumpkin seeds,
fresh jalapeno rings, pickled veg, and scallion sprankles-
nootch-boosted ho'sauce-activated refritas,
AND smoky chili sweet potato spears!!
the beans were vegetarian fat-free ready-to-go jams,
with 2 T olive oil, and 1/4 cup minced onion added,
3 T texas-style ho'sauce, 2 T nootch, and a tsp ea. GPOP.
the potatoes were even simpler-
olive oil, smoked paprika, ground coriander seed, cumin, black pepper and pink salt-
on a skillet, getting charred, and exxxtra tasty, with nothin' else necessary.
how good are they?
well, they're crisp edged, but soft af inside,
and they got the spice game poppin', too.
all the things, besides the slightly bummery tostada part, were TILTY as heck.
i love when that happens.
i also love when that's just part of the big action.
check the teleport:
soft flour flaps, rolled into terrific tubes of tempting taste and texture!
here's the rundown:
1/2 block exxxtra-frim tofu;
1/2 cup soaked raw cashews;
1/4 cup olive oil;
1 T lemon juice;
1 tsp ea. Garlic Powder Onion Powder;
3 fat cloves whole browned garlic;
3 T nootch;
food processor pulse power will pulverize that all into paste.
just. like. that.
a blop in each tortilla is a good idea.
preheat your oven to 350℉.
add a blop of refried beans,
a few sprigs of cilantro,
a teaspoon of scallion greens,
a few spears of sweet yellow pepper,
and a bundle of shredded spinach to each enchilada, roll 'em up,
and place them in a lightly oiled small cake pan ( i made 4 enchies in an 8" pan)
now cover them in gravy!
that's what's good, friends.
that way, they steam in the flavor sauce, instead of getting sucky in the dry heat.
in a small saucepot, make a roux-
3 T oil, and 3 T flour, browned slightly on high heat, until nutty-smelling and thick-
add 1 cup veg broth;
1 T nootch;
1/2 tsp ea. GPOP.
cook until thiqqqqqqqq.
foil over the pan, and bake it for like, twenty minutes or somethin'.
i dunno, kiddo.
i was busy making everything else, too.
i didn't time it.
topped with fire-roasted salsa!
AND pickled jalapeno slices!
AND blackened tomatoes!
AND cilantro and scallion sprankles.
AND lime-infused crema!
in your food processor,
1 tsp lime juice;
1/2 cup soaked raw cashews;
1 tsp lemon juice;
1/2 tsp lime zest;
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk.
blend until it's super thick and smooth, and pipe it up on top of those baked amazers.
these jauns are the ONES, y'all.
super-duper smooth and rich and spicy and soft and juicy and everything expert all at once.
but then there's also that rice!!
boiled up with red onion, red pepper, scallion, cilantro,
salt, pepper, GPOP, and lime?
i didn't measure sh!t, yo.
i just kept tossin' stuff in there until it seemed right to me.
it worked like a charm, too.
prefect rice is a plus with any mexican meal,
and that goes double for a saturday night celebration.
you KNOW it had it me feeling frisky.
too bad i was feasting for four, just all alone.
better by myself with my thoughts, than accompanied by some sort
of undercommunicating unreliable inconstant non-participant.
or anyone else, really, who isn't willing and able to fully immerse themselves
in the Folk Life & Liberty experience for all it's worth.
i mean it.
where are my professional appreciators, warrior poetic philosophers, active participants,
and competent contributors hiding?
i've got the meal, you bring your appetite and something to say,
and we'll work it out.
was that it?
what do you think i am?
some sort of an A*-hole?
get hold of your senses.
i don't just do it to it,
i OVERdo it.
that's my thing.
check it out:
IT'S OK NOT TO DRINK!!!
it's ok not to drink alcohol.
i say that often, and i mean it with all my heart.
that sexxxy sh!t right there?
that's a virgin NOjito, bro.
if you were chugging margs or modelos at a mexican restaurant yesterday?
you're ordinary, and boring.
way to go.
i had myself a pretty flippin' expert beverage,
and i didn't poison myself for the sake of being worse at being myself.
1 T lime juice;
4 mint leaves, bruised;
1 T agave;
12oz raspberry-lime seltzer;
1/4 cup frozen raspberries;
2 rolled lime slices;
lime and mint ganish;
and exxxtra ice if that's your thing.
for a seltzie, it was super elite.
i know, for sure, that there's no room in my life for drinking.
i don't like it, i don't want it, i don't need it, i won't have it-
and that's as firm a position as i'm likely to ever have on anything.
cinco de mayo was a success.
and what's more-
all by myself, i had the exact experience i'd hoped for.
it's even possible that sharing it would've diminished it.
the thing about being alone?
it makes it almost impossible to voluntarily deal with other folks' bullsh!t
without overwhelmingly enriching contributions to offset that expense.
i make choices everyday to be the kind of person i can live with.
it's not easy, but it's worth it.
the right thing is still right, even when it's really hard.
there's always a gonna be reason to choose poorly;
to escape; to procrastinate; to divert attention from forward progress;
to be anything less than your best self-
...but none of them excuse you from accountability.
i'm doing what i do, to the best of my ability.
i'm striving to be MORE of the person i wish i was,
and let go of the burdens that keep me chained,
while carrying the ones that make me stronger.
informed decisions, determined actions, direct involvement;
never quiet, never soft.....