Pie Crusts - Okay, pie crusts are a challenge for me on either side of the border but it is one that I can't buy my way out of here. In the USA I could buy frozen or Pillsbury pie crusts and not have to acquire the skill of making a decent pie crust. I've been working on conquering this one and I was beginning to think I was doing pretty good but last night.....not good. The crust just did not want to roll out. I think it was because I used Mexican butter while I had been using either Danish or Costco butter in my previous more successful attempts at crust making. Mexican butter is different. I don't know why but all the gringo foodies I know here agree the taste and texture is different. I was so unhappy with the crust that after I got it sort of rolled out, I wadded it back into a ball and thought I would make another one. Then I looked at the clock and realized that I didn't have time to do that before guests came so I rolled and patted it back into the pie dish and made my apple pie. This picture doesn't do the crust justice because it doesn't look as bad as the crust was. It did function as a "crust" but not a flaky crust. Embarrassing to say the least.
Plastic wrap - I know that the Mexicans use the plastic wrap made here but I can't get it to unroll or tear smoothly. By the time I get a piece separated from the roll it is wadded up and most of the time unuseable. And by the time I try to wrestle the third or fourth piece off of the roll, the box is coming apart. I haven't found a better local "brand." I could buy the Costco plastic wrap but it comes in a fairly good side box that doesn't fit in my cabinet drawer with the foil, wax paper and freezer bags. Or, I could bring ClingWrap down when we return from trips to Texas. I know, I know this is a small problem but I can get really worked up about trying to tear a piece off to cover a dish.
Ordering on line from HP - HP will not let me order on-line because I have a foreign IP address even though the order will be shipped to an address in the USA. Here I am ready to buy and HP won't take my money. Another aggravation.
Yes, all of these things are small potatoes but lots of these small things add up when you are living in a foreign country. Maybe this is why some people go back "home" after a few years. You either adjust or you look at this whole pile of little things as aggravations. Most of the time, I see them as a challenge and I think I have all of these "fixed"......at least for today.