Today was one of those days that you can only wish to relive again. The entire day was such a joy. Gabe awoke in his crib at a quarter to 7 and then joined me in bed where we played and tickled one another for half an hour before getting up for good. We came downstairs and enjoyed a nice breakfast of eggs, toast, and fruit. Then we set up the tee for T-ball and played in the living room for awhile before giving that up for other toys.
Later in the day Gabe and I took a 6 block walk (with the little popcorn popper toy trailing behind us), we lounged around on the front porch smelling flowers and climbing up and down the steps, and then we came inside and we made fresh tortillas together. Gabe was very interested in the whole process and he sort of took over at one point and I amused myself by documenting the chef at work. He kneaded the dough, pulled it into separate pieces and then rolled the pieces out. It was so interesting to watch him work so diligently. I had to laugh to myself a couple of times because his little face was contorted into such a grimace as he tried to figure out how to use the rolling pin. He did eventually figure it out and seemed to be pleased with himself. He even surprised me by eating an entire cooked tortilla and then he even asked for more.
I have waited a long time to enjoy cooking in the kitchen with Gabe and I'm glad to say that it finally happened today. He loved the whole process and we were actually able to spend a pleasant hour side by side. I can't wait for our next cooking session!
Flour Tortillas courtesy of Homesick Texan.
We enjoyed these with our carnitas - a recipe found in the comment section of Elise's Simply Recipes.
Put the following in a crock pot and cook for 6 to 8 hours on low.
2-3+ lbs pork butt
A bottle of mexican beer, enough to almost cover the meat (we use Corona)
1 jalapeno- cut in half
2 limes- cut in half (juiced over the meat)
cilantro (as much or as little as you like)
several garlic cloves halved
salt and pepper
The meat will be fork tender when done. Shred the pork and return the shredded meat to the crock pot with a small amount of the remaining cooking liquid to help keep it moist. Serve with fresh tortillas, diced onion, shredded lettuce, salsa, and sour cream.