Saturday night after pruning we had the brilliant idea of making Carnitas burritos! Oh, I can't even tell you how good it was to have a taste of home. Brian, Matt's brother, who is visiting from Switzerland told us that they had discovered an easy recipe for flour tortillas and that gave us the idea to make carnitas thanks to David Lebovitz who posted a recipe on his blog a few months back... (David is a cookbook author and former Chez Panisse chef who now lives in Paris, thousands of people live vicariously through his blog, it's one of my favorites - check it out.) To add to the Amerifest we asked our fellow expats Denis and Kirstin to come on over and partake it the gluttony.
Browned, slow cooked pork, then shredded mixed with lots of delicious Mexican spices and then cooked again, slowly for a very long time. Closest thing to heaven I've ever experienced. My sister Molly was here too, she made some delicious guacamole and fresh salsa while Bri made the tortillas and Matt mixed up his famous Blood Orange Margaritas. Denis brought some good Mexican beer and we had all the fixins for a perfect burrito fiesta. I made my burrito so big, that it was impossible to roll up, which was disappointing since I had grand illusions of being able to roll and squish and roll and squish the tortilla into a perfect burrito, just like they do in the Mission. I guess I'll have to practice some more.
What a wonderful taste of home. It's funny, there's not too many things I miss, but good California Mexican food it one of the things that I long for from time to time. Now that we know it's not so hard, and we have David's amazing carnitas recipe, we'll be able to indulge more often! Thank you David.