Thanksgiving Mexican Dinner

DATE: Saturday 19? November, 2005

VENUE: Poets Corner

The occasion on which Andrew was converted to the variety and charms of Mexican cuisine.

This is to confirm what transpired at our planning meeting this afternoon at Andrew’s. For those unable to attend, please note that it was a perfect, still, sunny afternoon with temperatures in the high 20s, the dappled shade of the walnut tree, jugs of iced lemon tea, and Andrew’s magnificent food. These planning meetings are getting longer and longer — I wonder why.

Despite its marathon length, there is not a lot of detail that came out of this planning meeting. The consensus is that we cook Mexican, and that we gather at Kevin and Irene’s at 6pm next Saturday 12 November. Apart from that, we have given a general indication of what we might cook, and we all have Mexican cookbooks bought, borrowed or perhaps even stolen. By the time we meet next week, these crass English generalisations (apart from the Pope; see below) will have acquired proper Mexican terminology.

Chris and Christine, we hope that you can both come, and if so, just pick something that is currently not represented on this rather haphazard menu:

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Tortillas — Kevin

Guacamole — Julie

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Salsa of something — Julie

Ceviche* dish of some sort  — Andrew

Pork with pineapple — John

Green rice — John

Macaroni and spinach — Irene

Torte de Papa** — Andrew

Mexican salad with fruit in it — Julie

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Flan dessert — Irene

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Mexican coffee (and maybe Irene will make some more of her wonderful

Mexican wedding sweets with walnuts and pineapple)

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* This is fish a la Mexican and it sounds like it is going to be raw –but sort of cooked by marinating in lemon juice. Can hardly wait.

** This may refer to either a potato or a Pope.

.   Julie