Folly of Fools

Good morning to you! It’s April 1, 2020 and April Fools Day! Not a big deal for me, as I am a fool 365 (except for Leap Year) a year. Ask my poor hubby. I have never hid the fact that I am weird, like in a goofy, awkward and nerdy way. I like statistics, and looking up history and facts about why things were made or how they came about. Most of the time, I look up stuff that is pretty useless. It has been said that I have a trivia head that is stuffed with lots of useless information that would only help me on Jeopardy or the Cash Cab. Oh anyhow, it being April Fool’s Day and I started looking up Fool songs and I had found one that I had never heard aptly named April Fool. This song is amazing! According to an article in UCR

“After the breakup of the Faces, bassist Ronnie Lane approached the Who‘s Pete Townshend about working together, and the result was 1977’s Rough Mix. “April Fool” was one of Lane’s contributions, and its gentle, folk-influenced sound hearkened back to the quieter moments from his former band, like “Richmond” and “Debris,” and Eric Clapton shows up to play some bluesy slide dobro.”

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Fool Songs in No Particular Order

  1. April Fool – Lane/Townsend
  2. Fooled Around and Fell in Love – Elvin Bishop
  3. Fools – Deep Purple
  4. Ship of Fools – Robert Plant
  5. Fools Gold – Thin Lizzy
  6. Fool For the City – Foghat
  7. Who Won’t Get Fooled Again – The Who
  8. Fool in the Rain – Led Zepplin
  9. Fortunate Fool – Jack Johnson
  10. Fools Like Me – Jerry Lee Lewis
  11. Fool Heart Memory – Hank Williams
  12. I Pity The Fool – Buddy Guy & BB King
  13. Same Old Fool – Dolly Parton
  14. Act a Fool – Ludacris
  15. Taken For a Fool

There are so many other fool songs out there to listen to. I had never heard some of these so I had to take them all for a spin. Yes, I would listen to all of these. My musical tastes really are muddied. Kind of like my brain, I dunno? What would your Fool song list look like?

So, in last few weeks I unraveled a mystery that has been plaguing my life for years. I learned the secret that my Mom refused to share. The secret of how to make tortillas! First of all, if you are fortunate like me, and had a mother that cooked like a classically trained chef, although she did not graduate high school, then consider yourself fortunate. Looking back, I can understand why my Mom held on to her kitchen secrets so dearly. She had several Better Homes & Gardens cook books laying around the house. Yes, laying (scattered) around. She would just glance through the books and then make her version of the recipes and they were always wonderfully, lip smacking, second plate filling trip, good. She even fooled my “redneck” brother-in-laws when she would make lengua, which is a cow tongue stew that she used tomatoes, tomatillos, onion and garlic and her secret weapon of choice cominos – or cumin. She would also make fresh pots of beans and fresh tortillas. Her salsa is still a secret that she took with her when she died. Not one of us girls has cracked the code on that one. We all have come close, but not quite there yet. Oh and those tortillas! My Dad and I would wait patiently (butter, sliced and ready) to “test” the first ones that were hot off that old, blackened cast iron griddle. Back then, the smell of burning flour brought us all to the kitchen, eagerly waiting to get samples. I can now see that those times were my Mom’s greatest joys. She didn’t work, because she couldn’t (legally). I never asked her about her dreams or what she had wanted to be when she grew up. Maybe she didn’t want to be a wife, a mother, a grandma. Maybe she wanted to travel and explore. I found so many photos that she took and I can see that her and I have lots in common although I will hardly ever admit it. Maybe she held onto her secrets as that is all she could control and was all of what she thought was her worth. We tend to forget that children learn what they see. I have tried to break the cycle and not keep so many secrets from my kids. One day I will have to stop being so anti-social and have a cooking day so that I can pass down the “Salsa Recipe” and the “Sticky Chicken” or how I make a tamale. One thing I do is tell my kids how much I love them every time I talk to them. I longed for that and hugs when I was a kid. My parents didn’t pass out those pleasantries often and when they did it was such a gift. Anyhow, I don’t speak to them, (my kids) much. It has been hard as anytime I hear about their lives I want to give them advice or scold them but I hold back as hard as it is. I know all to well how it is to be feeling all adult like when your parent or someone else’s parents,or your sister, or whom ever are telling you how they did things and how it was the only and right way. My kids do know that I will be there if I can, to help them if they need me. Hopefully, I will have a chance to pass the magic along to them.

I spent Sunday making tortillas and lemon bars. Not because I was panic baking, but because I like to cook and hubby likes sweets. There were also chocolate chip cookies but funny, I hardly ever get pics of food as I am too busy enjoying it. So, in my opinion the key to any recipe is the person making it. They alone hold all the emotions, the love, the joy, the sadness, the hope and everything in between. Those things are key to developing flavor, mainly your own cooking style and signature. Having issues with my back and Cauda Equina Syndrome, I do not bake or cook as much as I would like as I don’t want the taste of pain to bleed into my favor profiles. What I mean is this, when I am in 7+ pain, I tend to want salty, bright, spicy foods and when I am cooking everything tastes bland so I get heavy handed with the salt and spices or I could have a migraine and will make everything bland as my taste buds become hypersensitive. Anyhow, enough about that crap. I am still recovering from that joyful day and as soon as I am up to it I am going to attempt albondigas soup! That is meatball soup for you non-Spanish speakers like me… I was going to add the easy (tortilla) recipe but I won’t. Ask a trusted Auntie or Grama or Mom or Google it. They may or may not tell you to put two handfuls of flour and four fingers of manteca (lard) and just enough water (you’ll know) and don’t forget the salt, a couple shakes. (I shit you not, my Mom used to recite recipes in that fashion.) I will add, try using butter flavored Crisco instead of lard. Mind blown! OMG!!!

Where ever you are today I hope you laugh and dance and sing, even if it is in your bathroom. Hugs to the ones needing it and especially to the ones that don’t.

13 Comments Add yours

  1. morishige says:

    Hi there! I just realized that yesterday was April 1st. 😀 The only “fool” song that came to my head is “Fool Again” by Westlife. I was only a sixth grader when the song was in the air, didn’t really have the faintest about the meaning. 😀

    The rolling pin is 50 years old? it’s almost two decades older than I am. You’re kidding, aren’t you? 😀

    I haven’t tried making tortillas. Most of the time I cook fried rice and, I guess, my signature is “the subtelty of flavor” as I only use sliced garlic, onion, chili, and fine-grained pepper. But if I can somehow get the ingredients–and the “much younger” rolling pin–it would be really interesting. 😀

    Thanks for sharing. Have a good day!

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    1. Good morning! (It’s 4:38AM here.) I checked out Westlife and the song Fool Again. Very dreamy and at first glance I thought one of the singers was Luke Perry. Ugh, I must stop the morning wake n’ bake…ha ha!

      Yes, that rolling pin belonged to my mother. She had long before I was born and I was born 50 years ago. Hopefully, I can pass it along to my daughter so she may keep her hubby and children in line…:)
      Wow, you are around my oldest sons age and my daughter. He is 27 and she is 34. I talk to them the same way I talk to you. My sons always had their friends over at our place and I was always looking for ways to feed those guys.
      Tortillas are not difficult to make at all. My Mom used to make us go play and stay out of the kitchen while she created the magic.
      I have yet to master fried rice! it is my Achilles Heel. I worked as a house keeper for an elderly man and his nurse used to make the best fried rice and this stew with sardines and tomatoes and onions.. I am so hungry right now, sorry.
      That is a good “signature” to have! Sometimes to much seasoning can overpower.

      Have a great day and be well. Think I am going to try making friend rice!!

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      1. morishige says:

        I didn’t really understand the meaning of the song when I was a kid. But the melody is beautiful. I guess that’s the most important thing about a song, isn’t it? 🙂 No…. Keep it up! I miss the morning wake n’ bake but it’s impossible to do it in my country. Yeah, you know. Last year I went to Nepal, hiked the Annapurna Base Camp, and never a day left without the morning wake n’ bake with my good Argentinean friend. “Pura vida,” he said. (I’m gonna write about it after finishing the Indochina travel story). 😀

        Yes, I’m gonna be 32 next couple of months. But it feels surreal. Deep inside I feel like a 7th grader playing Green Day songs in a band studio with my friends. 😀

        Well, I guess I’m gonna do further “research” about tortilla and learn to cook it.

        If you could make tortilla, cooking a fried rice would be a piece of cake.

        Have a great day too, stay safe, and happy cooking! 😀

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      2. It does have a lovely melody. Reminds me of the mmmm…Backstreet Boys. If I had known about this song during my 30’s, I am sure I would have been singing along to it and crying in my drink…
        Yeah, I only joke when I talk about giving that up. I have nerve pain in my spine and it helps, not much but a bit. Wow, Nepal!!! How cool is that? Can’t wait to read about that! You are truly lucky that you have been able to experience that. I used to and still encourage my kids to travel. My daughter is the only one that has been out of the country.
        Tortilla’s are easy. Find a good recipe, do use lard, you will have to adjust the water content and make sure your pan heats evenly. Oh yeah, find a good rolling pin…You will get it.
        Yeah, you think so, there is a science or something to cooking rice…I have a rice cooker and that was the last time I made good rice. Sad. Sorry, got the old lady talking…have a great day and happy eating!

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      3. morishige says:

        True! Westlife is like the “lighter” version of Backstreet Boys, although some of their songs are quite up-beat.

        Thank you. But I guess we can travel from anywhere right now. I mean, what I love about traveling is talking to people, to know a little bit about how they live their lives, how the see the world, and now we can do it through the Internet. I guess I wouldn’t “get” anything from traveling if I didn’t put an effort to make friends with people. Like now, it feels like I’m going to Coachella Valley and grab a cold beer with you. Well, anyway… excuse this fiery young boy 🙂

        All right. Will do… I hope they still have the ingredients somewhere around here, and the rolling pin 🙂

        You have a great day too! And I hope my long comments don’t bother you. 😀

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      4. YOu are welcome and thank you for reaching out. I always worry that people will think I am weird when I respond or send message of reply to a post. You have been most kind. Your parent should be proud of you. Yeah, when I was younger, before internet, I read everything. I wanted to travel as a youngster and had Crete, Vietnam, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Ireland/Scotland and Peru as some of my top choices. I have yet to see any of those place IRL but really, it is better to learn about places from the people that live there or have experienced it.
        Tell you what, if you ever make it to the Coachella Valley I will gladly meet you for a pint or two and maybe gift you some tortillas 🙂

        Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. This kind of reminds me of my talking to my son Karl, middle son. We can talk for hours. So, no worries. Have a great day 🙂

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      5. morishige says:

        I think it’s not weird at all for us to reach out to others. We’re a social being after all. Tho sometimes we forget that because we are too comfy sheltering underneath legal-formal rules.

        I still believe that you’re gonna go to those countries someday, anyway 🙂

        Well, thank you. And if you ever make it here to Yogyakarta, a little chat or more over hot coffee (or beer) will be really amazing.

        Have a great day too 🙂

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  2. how sweet … nice post and the first para of this post applies on me to 😉

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    1. Thank you! Always nice to be in the “company” of like minded people 🙂 Hope you are well in your part of the world.

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      1. Yeah all ok… thank you… Yes you are right the company of like minded people brings happiness 🙂 hope you are alright too 🙂

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  3. Your comments “Most of the time, I look up stuff that is pretty useless. It has been said that I have a trivia head that is stuffed with lots of useless information that would only help me on Jeopardy or the Cash Cab” could well apply to me too! I used to read the Almanac for fun, digesting lots of useless trivia.

    Some ‘fool’ songs I would add are: “Poor Little Fool” by Ricky Nelson, “He’s a Fool” by Lesley Gore, “Fool’s Gold” and “Fool” by Fitz & the Tantrums, “What a Fool Believes” by The Doobie Brothers, “Fool for Love” by Lord Huron, and a current song “Fool” by Dan Luke and the Raid.

    I had a Mexican aunt who made the best tortillas. Alas, I really wish I’d had her give me a lesson on how she made them…

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    1. Nice to meet you fellow trivia head! We only had one TV in our house so if you wanted to escape you read in the “library” (bathroom).

      Good song picks! I just listened to the Leslie Gore, Fitz & the Tantrums, Lord Huron and Dan Luke & the Raid. I had never heard any of these. I had heard of F&Ts but not that song but definitely adding to my regular play list!
      Yeah, I always wished my Mom would have passed on her secrets but now I can try new ones and pass those on to my kids. Who knows maybe I might find one I like better. Hope you are doing well in Cat City. I really hope we can pull out of this here in the Valley. Take Care.

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