Tonight, together with some friends, I made “tacos” (apologies to my Mexican friends) – by which I mean, “tacos” as we understood them to be when I was growing up, back in the days when we thought that Taco Bell was Mexican food.
But being in Italy, they also had an Italian twist, as it’s practically impossible to get all the right ingredients here.
When I was a kid, American-style tacos (Old El Paso®, crispy shells, etc.) was one of my favorite meals. It still is.
As for the taco seasoning mix and the cheddar cheese, I imported that last time I went home. (How I miss cheddar!) I still have two packs of taco seasoning mix left, but after tonight’s meal we’re pretty much out of cheese, so next time we’ll have to figure out which Italian cheese to use that will not be too awful as a substitute. Some photos follow.
Some of the raw ingredients:
This time, the supermarket actually had ground beef (though it was from France and Spain…); last time we made them, they only had a ground beef/pork combo. Meat in the US is much better/less questionable…
I don’t recall ever seeing Uncle Bens Mexican foods back home, but here they are one of the main brands for “Mexican” stuff – when the grocery store has it, and then, should they actually have it, if they have enough of it, etc. It’s generally difficult to get foreign foods here without going to a specialty shop and/or paying an arm and a leg:
The healthy stuff:
A wonderful smell:
The table is set. That wine is rather fancy (don’t be fooled, that doesn’t mean expensive) for this food, but it’s what I had on hand:
Time to eat:
I mostly had taco salad, while my friends worked through the soft shells:
Some traditional things to help digest everything afterwards (always in moderation!):
Eating international food, or more specifically, stuff from home, tends to be a real treat here, since the Italian culinary culture is fairly closed (though it is slowly changing), and one does tend to tire of pasta, risotto, veal cutlets, etc.!