September 5, 2008

Tortillas - Hot Off The Griddle!

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One afternoon, while in Mexico, we traveled to the tiny town of Santa Elena, and visited, what is known as a solar – a small plot of land inhabited by a family and is a self-sufficient backyard farm of sorts. This particular solar was owned by a well-known herbalist in the region, Don Felix Maas Cocom and his wife, Senora Maria Maas. Pastora Maas, one of their ten children, makes the family's tortillas every day on the traditional stove of three rocks on which an iron comal, or griddle, sits over hot wood coals. Pastora taught me her method of forming and grilling the tortillas.

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Unfortunately, the proprietor was rather grumpy - not very happy or friendly - the ladies did not seem to like him very much.

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