If there’s one thing we miss from back home, it’s Mexican food. It was so easy to find nacho chips or tacos or good corn tortillas. We used to buy our tortillas from a Filipino/South American stall at the Hamilton farmer’s market, a pack of twenty small ones that we’d stash in our freezer and take out every week to make quesadillas. Nacho chips were also a staple. We’d buy bags of round corn chips and large 500g blocks of cheese when they were on sale and every week, we’d have a delicious, steaming, gooey, vegetable-laden platter of nachos. Lucas would be in charge of cutting up all the vegetables and shredding the cheese and I’d put the nachos together with a methodical precision and obsessiveness that Lucas often teases me about.
Unfortunately, with our move, those weekly habits have largely disappeared and have been relegated to becoming occasional meals. For one, it’s impossible to find the same kinds of nacho chips and the only tortillas we can find are the ones oozing with chemicals. Not to mention, it took us eons to find mozzarella cheese that didn’t come in a little round ball swimming in water (I think it’s water?). We use triangular yellow corn chips for our nachos, but it’s not quite the same. I can’t be as meticulous about my chip-arrangement as I was before. No more eight across on the bottom layer, six across on the top. We started making our own tortillas, using flour instead of corn. We’ve only done it twice, and they’ve turned out all right so far but it’s still a work in progress.
One day last week, our dinnertime conversation drifted to coming up with the contents of an imaginary care package — that is, if cost, size and practicality were no issue, what foods would we like from Canada? Just off the cuff, my list was along the lines of this: President’s Choice chocolatey mint and chocolatey chai tea; a bag of small round white corn nacho chips; samosas and tortillas from the Hamilton Farmer’s Market; mint chocolate soy milk; and chocolate almond milk. Yeah, clearly impractical but it’s fun to imagine.Advertisements