Wow – how much the world has changed since my last post. A young prince has married his princess. Over three hundred tornadoes ravished the Southern US on a single day and the murderous mastermind of the 9/11 slaughter has by now met his maker.
There is much to be said about recent events and no doubt there will much more written as the details get worked out in the next few weeks, months and years.
So, what was the holiday? Well it is not celebrated every where but CInco de Mayo is celebrated in Mexico and in areas with larger Mexican populations. Wikipedia tells us the following –
Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “fifth of May”) is a holiday held on May 5. It is celebrated nationwide in the United States and regionally in Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla. The date is observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride, and to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War. In the state of Puebla, the date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín. Contrary to widespread popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day, the most important national patriotic holiday in Mexico, which occurs on September 16th.
So, what did I do on this day? Well nothing much but I did enjoy listening to my neighbors who are from Mexico celebrate with music, cerveza and colorful conversation until the early hours of Seis de Mayo. Not too much of a problem as they seem like pretty nice folks on the whole. If I would of had enough food on hand I might of shared my Cinco de Mayo inspired leftovers with them.
I had bought an Easter ham (for Easter) but I ended up going on the road that weekend so for the past many days I have been working hard to re purpose the ham and make use of it. Mostly sandwiches so far. Who doesn’t like ham and cheese? Well, some don’t for religious reasons and I can understand that. I like it and I like it even more warmed up like in an omelet or an enhanced grill cheese sandwich. But on the evening of Cinco de Mayo I made ham and cheese tacos with Serrano peppers.
- left over Cure 81 ham
- fresh soft flour tortillas
- colby/longhorn cheddar cheese
- fresh Serrano peppers
A simple, easy and flavorful use of left over ham.
Ham and Cheese Soft Taco
In regards to the tornadoes that recently devastated parts of the Southern US I would like to link out to fellow photographer Jeremy Richter who documented some of the damage in his home town in Alabama. You can see his photos here.
Let’s hope for good events, good food and good photography in the world between now and this day next year.