Hey, remember yesterday? Which was the fifth of May, also known as Cinco de Mayo for those of us from states with huge Mexican populations*? Yeah. It was. And it totally snuck up on me this year. Meaning I didn't remember it was coming up when I was at the store last week (by myself! while A. baby-wrangled! it was very exciting). And so there was no guacamole. BOO. And no Corona. DOUBLE BOO.
I did manage a semi-festive meal from ingredients on hand, however. I made refried beans and mushroom taco filling. Let me tell you about them. Because the meaningless minutia of my life is what keeps you coming back day after day.
I make refried beans the way I saw Rick Bayless make them on his PBS cooking show many, many moons ago. I saw the show once and have been making refried beans this way ever since. And that way is: heat vegetable oil in a non-stick skillet--or a cast iron skillet that belonged to your husband's grandmother and is so old and well-seasoned that it's as non-stick as not-non-stick gets--add minced garlic, pour in a big can of black beans (including the sludge--YUM!), mash with back of spoon or potato masher, and cook down until desired thickness. Done!
And if you think using canned beans is cheating, then go ahead and go through the pain in the ass of making dried beans and add salt. Personally, I'd rather be a cheater.
The mushroom taco filling is a recipe from Mark Bittman that was in The New York Times a couple of years ago. You can go here to see it. It's got very few ingredients, but is really surprisingly good. Even A., who normally looks highly askance at anything trying to substitute for meat in a burrito, likes this. And I like it because it specifically calls for the humble white button mushroom. No fancy shiitake or oyster mushrooms here. Rock on.
So that was it. Our big Mexican feast. It wasn't the same without the guacamole and the Corona, but I do what I can.
* In case you haven't read every post I've ever written and remembered every detail of my life I've shared so far (AND WHY NOT?), I'm from Arizona.