Tortilla-Maker by Diego Rivera
While driving home this morning from an appointment, I heard NPR’s Allison Aubrey share her Pie-Making 101 story. She talked about the tradition in which grandmothers made homemade pies and its lost art in subsequent generations. It seems once mothers abandoned the kitchen to either go to work out of necessity or for their own personal liberation, they didn’t have time or really want to make pies from scratch.
I started thinking about my own grandmother and the one special item she would make. It wasn’t a pie, but something that could just as easily be made at home - tortillas. Like pie crusts, tortillas call for essentially the same ingredients: flour, vegetable shortening and water. And, then there's the one other key ingredient, the grandmother. They simply have a special voodoo that they do so well, making everything taste better. I wonder why that is?
Allison’s story refers to the forces of the universe giving grandmothers the special ability to make everything taste unequivocally delicious. My mom wasn’t in the kitchen making tortillas from scratch, she was at work. But, I did go through my own handmade tortilla phase when I became a stay-at-home mom. I'm sure I don't have to tell you how much better a handmade tortilla is compared to anything you can buy at the grocery store. But, no matter how much I tried to channel my grandmother, it wasn’t even close to hers.
So, I’m coming up with a plan to create my own signature homemade item. However, I have a sneaky suspicion that the special mojo won’t kick in until my grandkids are born.
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