The meal was especially good. Tex-Mex is all I remember. Breakfast tacos. Home-made, too. After being away from Texas for 30 years, the Mystery Woman is returning to her culinary roots – with customary abandon.
As I helped clean up dishes, I wondered out loud why the Bloody Mary Mix was out?
“Oh, you know me,” the Mystery Woman said. “We were out of hot sauce so I made some with the Bloody Mary stuff.”
Rare is the recipe that she cannot substitute.
But in this cook-off, I was the accidental sous chef. Our retirement condo, you see, is snug. Everything has a place. Booze, included. The new shipment of wine crowded the storage set-aside for vodka. In a fit of inspiration, I poured vodka into the half-empty bottle of Bloody Mary Mix and never thought to share that genius.
Seasoned cooks will note that tequila can be substituted for vodka.