Saturday, September 13, 2008

La hora de antojo

Doña Mari, our local tortillera, sells her tortillas at four for one Quetzal at lunchtime. 

Prices elsewhere have risen in 2008, but there has been a recent influx of competition here coupled with a surge in demand thanks to the various construction projects going on in the neighbourhood.

Come the evening she pushes her comal outside her front gate and fries up pupusas in pig fat - these are essentially the same tortillas with some added cheese, but now costing five Quetzales each. Both the competition and the daytime demand have by this time abated...but this is also the hora de antojo (the hour of whims) so she does a decent enough trade. 

Fresh tortillas are great, but once they have been in the fridge for a day or so V likes to treat them to a quick spin in the microwave before frying them briefly in olive oil. The result is crispy and very delicious. 

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