February 27th, 2013
I went to a Party at Rabina’s on Sunday, with a Tex-Mex food theme and lots of Tequila and Grapefruit Margaritas. I seem to remember Rabina really looked the part and had on some fine brontosaurus foreskin boots that Kinky Friedman would be proud of – damn I should have taken a picture!
Originally Tex-Mex was an abbreviation for the Texas-Mexican Railway, but by 1945 it had become a reference to food. The food itself is a hybrid of Spanish and Mexican food, Texas being part of Mexico and Mexico once being a Spanish colony. Later on Mexico lost Texas to the United States. Typically Tex-Mex food contains, grated cheese, beef, pork, chilli, spices and corn or flour tortillas. Tex-Mex is not the same as Mexican food, though there are some similarities.
Rabina made Guacamole (from avocados), a winter Salsa (with lots of chilli and tomato) and Hummus (from chickpeas and garlic), which is Mediterranean, but it was good, so who’s complaining.
I made a Venison Chilli (see my recipe here) and boy was I looking forward to it – it was a bitterly cold day with little flurries of snow.
Rabina did a vegetable Black Bean Chilli (curiously I’ve always thought that black beans taste like bacon),
containing roasted garlic and topped with cilantro (coriander).
There was lots of spicy chicken (marinaded in Tequila among other things),
cooked in the oven,
along with several bowls of sliced Chorizo.
For pudding lovers, the chocolate covered strawberries appeared late in the afternoon.
I was impressed by the smoking room with central heating, but as a reformed smoker and having already cycled through the cold, I stayed indoors.
We consumed several cases of Claret, a few bottles of Cava and as I mentioned at the beginning, some Margaritas. A very good time was had by all!
Sounds like a great time! Looks delicious too. Sorry to be short on adjectives to describe your enticing and flavorful dishes but delicious is all I can think of right now.
YUM! Drinks sound nice, too.
Thanks Ruthie – I wish I could eat it all again 🙂
Fine food, drinks, and a heated smoking room. Just a few years ago they’d have had to point out to me that everyone else had left and it was time for me to go, too. Thanks for the Tex-Mex history lesson. I knew nothing of the railroad and thought “Tex-Mex” came from the locale.
Thanks John – if truth be told neither did I until I looked up the word. That smoking room was a bit cold in spite of the heating 😉
Sounds bloody fantastic. I always thought the phrase “I know a good Tex Mex restaurant” was one of the three great lies, which includes “There’s a cheque in the post” and another! You’ve proved different. or do I mean proved that the statement isn’t a lie. Whatever – great food. Do you remember Andrew Leman’s “Lone Star” in Gloucester Rd?
Thanks Roger. Wasn’t it Texas Lone Star? I think it’s still there. Those Tex-Mex places were all the same, though to be fair, I went a couple in Paris which were truly appalling 🙂
I always say you go to the best parties. Big Man is trying to give up smoking but I’m sure the heated smoking room would have lured him outside! Wonderful food…nothing there I wouldn’t have hoovered up 😉
Poor Big Man – one can’t afford to smoke in this country, though it’s getting expensive in Spain now too. I gave up 10 years ago – it’s definitely worth the struggle 🙂
What a superb spread, including your chilli, a great way to spend the afternoon indulging in Tex-Mex delights and more. Roast garlic looks great, especially in chilli too. I would have loved to see a picture of these boots 🙂
Thanks Tracey – I love things with chilli and a good chilli, if you get my meaning 😉
Like that spicy chicken!
Thanks Rosemary – it worked very well with the tequila 😉
Hot chili on a cold day plus all the other delicious food and drink…sounds like a fun time was had by all.
I needed chilli or a week in Florida 😉
Good work! That looks a great spread….
Thanks Phil 🙂
I doubt that there was any better Tex-Mex food in Houston last weekend. (I know for sure how good your venison chilli is!) Smoking or not (and I’d gnaw my arm off for a cig even now), heated or not, that room is always where the fun people are.
Thanks Michelle – I don’t think even the smoking people stayed in the smoking room long 😉
What a great dinner party! I must try your venison chili recipe!
Thanks Tessa – I hope you like it 😉