It has to be said that there’s not a lot on offer regards British food in Mexico City. It’s not a town known for its international cuisine, and British food isn’t much known for appealing much beyond its borders. Maybe I should do something to change that! Yes, I’ve been watching television, too much of it, and it’s been putting silly ideas in my head. Nonetheless, Dolce Vito has left me inspired.
Every busy, half busy or sometimes even barely trodden street has a food vendor selling tacos, corn or other Mexican foodstuff that’s easy to consume standing up. But no one is selling Jacket Potatoes. And I’ve long thought that a Jacket Potato with a choice of filling would make an excellent meal for the hungry Mexican worker looking for a quick, cheap and filling lunch.
It’s not hard to set up a street stall. One little charcoal barbeque/cooker/heatery upper thingy. One metal pot for the pre baked potatoes. Three metal pots for the fillings. A plastic tray for some grated cheese. A small foldaway table. A money jar. Some disposable plastic trays with lids and some sturdy plastic forks. Salt and pepper shaker. I think that’s about it.
Three fillings would be enough. Chili Con Carne. Curried Beans. Tuna and Sweetcorn. What’s not to like about a jacket potato with a yummy filling? I’m sure you could sell them for 20 pesos a pop and make a bit of profit. Yes, it would be a bizarre career change for me to make. And I’m not really intending to make it. But, for a laugh, maybe I will do it just once. Find myself a good spot, close enough to passing trade, far enough from other food stalls jealously guarding their stretch of turf. I’d need a helper though. Random blog reader in Mexico City? One of my students? Other crazy person? Apply within.