The Folklore Food Blog: Carne Asada


Paseo De La Bruja
Once there was a wealthy chef who’s wife people said was a witch and the cause of success. This was repeated so often that the chef heard the rumor. He wanted to get to the bottom of the matter, and thus went out to the restaurants herb garden on a July night and picked a bouquet of herbs from the grave of a goose that died without being made into foi gras. He hid the herbs in secrecy, then went to bed. He closed his eyes and pretended to be asleep, but remained awake.
At the strike of twelve, his wife did indeed get up and sneak out the bedroom door. The Chef, taking the herbs with him, followed her outside the restaurant, where she suddenly disappeared. He saw nothing but a food truck. But the chef did not allow himself to be deceived. Quickly placing the herbs on his head, he saw — instead of the food truck — former kitchen staff who had become angry quit. In their midst was his wife.
He also heard them discussing their trip to the food truck cook-off. He recognized them, as witches and spirits in their true form, because every good chef knows seasoning can cover bad food.
Angered, the chef jumped at his wife and swung himself onto her, just as one would climb onto the seat of a food truck. He also knew witches’ magic words and called out:

Taco truck of black, service fleet,
Do your duty, grill carne asada on mesquite.

Then she rose up and carried him into the air. Billowing smoke and sparking fiery ash, she did not tire from the mighty ride, nor did the chef grow tired. Again and again, he called out:

Taco truck of black, service fleet,
Do your duty, grill carne asada on mesquite.

But that was his misfortune, because before he knew it, the July night was over. Morning broke across the city, and his wife was no longer a food truck. She let out a scream, and together they fell from high in the air. Smashing themselves to like garlic under a chef’s knife.
From that time forth they have made this same ride every night, and they will have no rest, forever serving carne asada done properly.

Carne Asada
Meat (About 3 lbs) Skirt Steak is the best.
3-4 cups of orange juice. Not concentrate.  (Enough to cover the meat in a freezer bag.)
2 tablespoon of lime juice
1 tablespoon of ground cumin seed
2 tablespoon of minced garlic
½ cup of finely chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

Mix and marinade over night. Make sure the grill is smoking hot.


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