Growing up, I would make constant visits to Mexico to visit my father and his family. One of the things I remember the most is when I would make my dad go through the “drive-thru” at my grandmother’s house to get his meals. My grandma had a large sliding window near the kitchen and I would make my dad order his food and then deliver it through the window. I had quite the imagination.
I treasure my culture. There’s so many things about it that I love, the food being one of the best things… it doesn’t help with my weight loss goals, but it’s so good!
My grandmothers on both sides were from Mexico. I lived with my maternal grandmother until she passed away in 2000. My paternal grandmother visited often when I was younger, but lives in Mexico. When I was a child, I remember them always being in the kitchen. Home cooked, delicious meals were their specialty and they never left me disappointed.
My grandmas made everything from enchiladas to pozole and even the tortillas were homemade. When we would get the family together, it usually meant pulling out the banquet tables and setting them up in the living room.
We still do it and being surrounded by my amazing family is the greatest. I don’t know where I would be without them!
One of my favorite foods from childhood was my grandmother’s Sopa de Estrellitas. It was a simple and easy Mexican comfort food that I still enjoy to this day and love making for my siblings.
Sopa de Estrellitas
Sopa de Estrellitas is so easy to make! All you need is:
- 1 Bag of Mexican Star Pasta
- 1 8 oz. Can of Tomato Soup
- 4 Tablespoons of Chicken Boullion
- 1 Tablespoon of Vegetable Oil
Here’s the simple directions:
- Fry that pasta with the vegetable oil until it browns.
- Carefully stir in the tomato sauce and then add 3 cans of water.
- Mix in the boullion.
- Bring to a boil and then let simmer on medium-low for 10 minutes.
That’s it! For a little extra tang, squeeze in some fresh lime juice. For an extra kick, mix in your favorite spices or hot sauce.
#WUHomeCooked is a heartwarming storytelling video, where Western Union surprises and delights its customers with their favorite meal from home from their families. When watching it, I was in tears as I was taken back to my childhood when my grandmother’s were around and I was surrounded by my hispanic culture.
With one grandmother in Heaven and the other many miles away in Mexico, it’s hard emotionally. I miss them both very much! I would give anything to have a home cooked meal made by them again.
Western Union customers are often “Dual-Belongers.” They are folks living in one place and from another – their heart feels like its in two places. Many are pursuing education, career or simply a style of life for them and their family; but with family members and strong ties to their birth country. Western Union is a lifeline for its customers, connecting them to their families and friends around the world. I know Western Union keeps me connected with my family in Mexico.
What meal reminds you of home?
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