I’m back from beautiful Mexico. I have so much to tell. I need a few days to let my thoughts, mix, combine, rise and make sense. I spent the first week with a most powerful and beautiful group of talented and creative women. The second week was spent in the Heaven that is San Sebastian Del Oeste.
I haven’t the words yet to describe my feelings. During my stay I read even more magical realism. I’d like to quote part of Barbara Kingsolver’s book The Lacuna here. In just these few words she captures the essence of Mexico in a way that truly involves all of the senses.
“Most of all, Enrique cared for pan dulces made with wheat- flour dough. Puffy and soft with a grit of coarse sugar on top, filled with pineapple, sweet and tart from the oven’s wood smoke. Pan dulce is no easy trick. The vanilla has to be from Papantla. The flour is ground in a stone metate. The flour must be ground so fine it comes up into the air in clouds. The hard part was mixing in the water, going too fast.
Let me show you how to do this. Begin with two kilos of the flour. Make a mountain on the counter. Into this mound, with your fingers, crumble the flakes of butter, the salt and soda. Then pull it out like a ring of volcanic mountains around a crater. Pour a lake of cold water in the center. Little by little, pull the mountains into the lake, water and shore together, into a marsh. Gradually. No islands. The paste swells until there are no mountains left, and no lake, only a great blob of lava. The dough should be smooth, fluid and solid at the same time. It will sleep overnight in a covered bowl. In the morning roll it flat, cut it with a machete into squares, spoon a dot of pineapple filling on each one and fold it into a triangle, sprinkled with sugar grains soaked in vanilla.”
from The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
I’ll have more to write later. So much to tell about the class, the group of beautiful exceptional women, my hosts Richard and Nancy and the magical new people I’ve met in Mexico this trip.
I’m having surgery on May third. I’ll continue my posts when I recover. Much more on the class and the country.