Monday, August 24, 2009

Tortillas, Fajitas and Rainbows (Part 2)

Part 2.

There was just too much of this post to put in one entry, so here is part two. Part one can be read here.

While Charmaine and I were inside working on tortillas, Victor was outside showing Terry how to cook on his amazing homemade wok.

This was made completely from scrap pieces found around the ranch. The wok bottom was made from a disc from a machine that turns the earth in the fields. One nice thing is it can be raised to a standing level by attaching the legs. The rest is made up of pieces he's fabricated himself, very cool!

We've noticed in our travels around New Mexico that a lot of the local folks use this kind of apparatus instead of a regular barbecue. The work wonderfully, and you can cook everything on the one surface.

Before using it,
he always cleans it
with heat, oil and salt.

The propane
quickly heats it to a very high heat,
so meat cooks very fast.
Just like in a Chinese wok

Then he adds
the potatoes and the jalapenos.
He covers it for a while
to let the contents cook.

Now it's time
to add the peppers.
Red, yellow and green bell peppers,
along with the onions.
What great color!

And boy, was it ever tasty,
spread inside the home made tortillas.

After dinner, we sat on the porch
and watched as the sun began to set.

The fields look so beautiful,
freshly cut, waiting for the balers.
But uh oh! It's beginning to look like rain.
Rain is not good for the hay
that's drying in the fields,
waiting to be baled.
Fortunately the rain was short.
And we were gifted with
the most beautiful double rainbow.

A shot from another angle.

A close up view.
I can truthfully say
I've never seen such color in a rainbow.

An even closer view.

One more wide shot
and then it was gone.

But that doesn't mean the skies
weren't just as beautiful.

you can click on any image
to see better detail.

We still have so many hummingbirds.
I love watching them
against the reflections
in the rigs windows.

And one final sunset shot.

Looking at these photos, can you understand why we love it here so much?


photowannabe said...

Truly magical Kate. Rainbows fabulous and the homemade food is to die for. Glad you are feeling better too.

Suzanne LD Wannabe said...

So glad you're back in the swing of things. Those fajitas made my mouth water. What a great set-up for doing wok cooking. Leave all the mess outdoors. I loved the homemade wok and cover. How resourceful.
Your rainbow pictures were beautiful and the photo of the hummingbird feeder from outside the rig was startling. My first impression was that is was a (toy) space ship!