Menudo & tamales
I am still at the in-laws’ house, so I can’t upload any photos. But two generous flickr photographers have made their photos available. The first photo is by npmusikchild, and it is a big bowl of menudo, which is what most of my family is enjoying right now.
It is a big bowl of spicy soup with tripe and hominy. You add lime, cilantro, onion and chopped cabbage as desired. Some of the kids won’t eat the tripe, but they all like the soup. This is a traditional Mexican New Year’s Day breakfast and hangover cure. My husband can’t wait for New Year’s every year just to be able to eat his dad’s menudo. I do think my father-in-law outdid himself this year, because it even smells good to me–and I don’t do tripe! I did try one bite a year for about the first eight years of our relationship, but then I realized I just wasn’t ever going to like it.
The second photo is by All About You God, and is a big pot of tamales wrapped in corn husks steaming in the pot. This is just what the stove here looks like this morning.
Luckily for me, my sister-in-law still has their grandma’s recipe for tamales (with a little bit of pickle tucked in). I have eaten about four so far today, and will probably eat another four before the day is through. Muy sabroso!! They are another New Year’s and Christmas staple around here, and one I am truly grateful for!