This isn’t so much a recipe as it is a story. Never fear, there will be a recipe, but it is almost beside the point.
Today was the funeral of a friend. She was one of the key characters in a little group of us that used to “lunch” at a local French restaurant that we would affectionately refer to as “the clubhouse”. Many lunches, dinners, mid afternoon snacks and scenes of revelry occurred at the clubhouse. If someone new came in town, they were immediately initiated. If one or another of us was out of work, the others covered the bill. It was a confluence of the time and the characters that will never be repeated, and probably never should. We have all gone our separate ways, but today was a small reminder of the camaraderie that we all once enjoyed and the ever present reminder that we are only here but for a brief moment and that we should make the very most out of it.
Our friend, who left us too soon, would often hold down one end of the bar and ask for “just a little splash” more of the delicious french white wine before she made her way home. When worlds were turned upside down, we still retreated there. And, it was a sad day indeed when the owner, and our friend, finally took the deal that was too good to refuse and closed up shop.
It all reminds me of Taco Fridays. When the owner was still part owner, his very French partner would never have approved of a French restaurant serving tacos. Fortunately, he was usually not there on Fridays. So, on those Fridays, and with the tortillas that the Mexican chefs would bring for their own meals, they would concoct tacos for us. You have to imagine how one might create tacos with the ingredients in a French restaurant, and do it behind the owner’s back. It made them all the more delicious. They weren’t on the menu and I have no idea how much we paid or what it said on the bill, but we enjoyed them for being delicious, and probably even more for them being forbidden.
Rest in peace, my friend. I hope you are in a better place. Whenever I ask for just a splash more I will think of you.
- Chicken Strips
- Bay Shrimp
- Lettuce, shreaded
- Tomatoes, chopped
- Red Onion, chopped
- Corn Tortillas
- Olive Oil
- Cayenne Pepper
- Salt and Pepper
- Sauté Pan
- Chef’s Knife
- Sauté chicken in a little olive oil, salt and pepper, paprika and cayenne pepper to taste.
- Sauté shrimp in a similar manner.
- Prep the vegetables in bowls.
- Same with the chicken and shrimp.
- Serve family style, build them yourself, and make sure you don’t get caught!