Thursday, January 3, 2013

Topsy Turvy, Tortillas

The Holidays were wacky this year.  We're used to this - to a certain degree.  When your family is a blended one, the complexity of scheduling is just part of the landscape.

Still, this year was particularly unsettled.  Pasadena and Portland familias together for Christmas.  Not together.  Maybe, maybe together.  Kate and family can't come down here because of work.  James can't go north - because of work.  Stormy weather on the Siskiyou - I can't travel.  Not together.  Sigh.

James' mom falls and breaks her ankle. Might need surgery -  doesn't need surgery, maybe.  Doesn't need surgery - may need convalescent care.  James might need to go - doesn't need to go.

Oh, and then there was the Open House that wasn't.  I prepped.  James prepped.  The house looked great.  Ah, in the midst of it all I forgot to send the invites.  Ease up, it was an electronic invite.   One click and a social window opens wide.  Forget to click and nobody knows they were missed.

In the midst of this there was a evening of calm heritage sharing.  Tortilla making to be exact.   

Tortilla making is serious stuff. 


Heritage sharing is serious stuff.  
It says so, here.

No, really it is. 

Sure, Roberta.

Prospero Año Nuevo.

Photos - James Grimes


  1. A couple folks have asked me offline for the recipe for tortillas. I asked my source Juana Gutierrez if I might share. You know how proprietary folks can be about recipes; not her. I wrote, "We made tortillas yesterday. Some of them were almost round.
    All of them are gone".She wrote, "Next time they will be better. remember it does not matter how round they are (no entran rodando*).
    *(They don't roll in).

    True but, we do need to roll the bolitas as round as possible.

    FLOUR TORTILLAS - Juana Gutierrez

    4 cups of flour
    1 and 1/2 teaspoon of baking power
    1 and 1/2 teaspoon of salt
    3/4 cup shortening (crisco)
    3/4 to 1 cup of hot water

    Mix all dry ingredients well. Slowly start adding the hot water until it's a soft dough. If need too, add more hot water then one cup of water.

    Put dough in a plastic ontainer and let rest for at least 15 minutes or more.

    Makes about 8 to 12 tortillas.

  2. I'm comforted knowing that I wasn't the only one who experienced a somewhat wacky, nevertheless satisfying holiday season, and with my family scattered from Pasadena to Apple Valley to Philadelphia, to Mongolia - well, I can relate to the challenges of gathering together all in one place at the same time. Your photos and captions are priceless! "heritage sharing is serous stuff... it says so here" LOL!

  3. Heritage and/or sense of place can make all the difference. I didn't share all the other images where I was really looking serious.