Thursday, May 04, 2006

Mexican Money in Mayo

The story of Cinco de Mayo distilled down to its very essence....money. That's right. The almighty Peso was the cause for all the fuss.
Story has it the Mexicans were up to their eyeballs in debt from loans given by England, Spain, and France. All of the 'creditors' occupied Mexico, looking for their cash. France was the only country that would not budge without some form of remuneration. The Mexicans defeated the French at the "Batalla de Puebla" on May 5th, but eventually the French won the war altogether. I guess any reason to celebrate, is reason enough. There's more on the history of Cinco de Mayo here, if interested.
I don't know about you, but I think there's a lesson to be learned here. Don't loan your money to the French or they'll come after you in Mexico and remunerate your head right off. Or something like that. With words of wisdom like that, I should stick to cooking.
Speaking of which, try what's below because it is absolutely yummy. And it's Cinco de Mayo, so why not?



Black Bean Salsa
Black Bean Salsa

1/4 c olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 can black beans, drained
1 can corn
1 avocado, peeled, pitted and mashed
1/2 c bell pepper, diced
1 tomato, chopped
3 green onions, diced
1/2 tsp vinegar
1 lime, juice of
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cayenne
Freshly ground black pepper

1. Combine all ingredients in a large salad bowl and mix well.
2. Serve with chips, as a fajita or taco condiment, and viva la mexico!

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