Date: Wed, 29 Mar 1995 18:56:06 -0500
From: Stewart Mason masons[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ZIAVMS.ENMU.EDU
Subject: Churros (was: Re: ADS-L: Help with "smores" and "salad shooter"?)
On Wednesday, 29 March 1995, Wayne Glowka wrote:
The Peruvians (who can afford to eat) have a dish called "churros," I
remember, that consists of a piece of bread (that looks like a stick of
corn bread) dipped into a thick chocolate pudding. I'm told that churros
are served in Spain.
This actually is vaguely related to regional sociolinguistics: Here in New
Mexico, churros are an extremely popular dessert. But here they're thin,
foot-long, star-shaped sticks of sweet dough extruded from a pastry gun,
deep-fried and then rolled in cinnamon and sugar. They're delicious.
However, chocolate makes no appearance with them; they're eaten hot by
themselves. (Churros are popular enough in the Southwest that a
California-based rock band, The Loud Family, released an EP called _Hot
Cinnamon Churros_ a couple years ago.)
Non-residents of New Mexico have to be careful what they order here when it
comes to Mexican food. For example, the word "chile" (the preferred local
spelling) on the menu of a locally-owned restaurant denotes a sort of
not-very-spicy stew containing huge strips of roasted green chile, potatoes
and (sometimes) hamburger or shredded pork. The beans-and-tomato-sauce
stuff is called "red chile" or "chile con carne" if it shows up on the menu
at all. What the local restaurants call a meat burrito involves a
less-liquid filling containing the green-chile-potatoes-meat mixture.
People used to Taco Bell get noticeably agitated when they discover
potatoes in their burritos. It's fun to watch.
"I'd like to keep my arms around her forever
But she wants to be home by ten."
Stewart Allensworth Mason
masons[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ziavms.enmu.edu
PO Box 4056
Portales NM 88130