The combination platter of enchiladas, tacos, and tortillas became the unvarying standards of the Tex-Mex menu, while new dishes like chimichangas (supposedly invented in the the 1950s at El Charro restaurant in Tucson, Arizona) and nachos (supposedly first served at a consession at Dallas's State Fair of Texas in 1964...) were concocted to please the American palate....

80-1) [1970s] "In the good old days, Texans went to "Mexican restaurants" and ate "Mexican food." Then in 1972, The Cuisines of Mexico, an influential cookbook by food authority Diana Kennedy, drew the line between authentic interior Mexican food and the "mixed plates" we ate at "so-called Mexican restaurants" in the United States.

Kennedy and her friends in the food community began referring to Americanized Mexican food as "Tex-Mex," a term previously used to describe anything that was half-Texan and half-Mexican.

Obviously in the name of research I put together a focus group (read: asked all of my girlfriends over drinks) if they’d ever considered drinking their own. You just put some wee on a cotton pad and then press it against the spot for a bit. It works better than Sudocrem, or Aspirin.” Amazed, I waited for a spot to appear, having decided that I was curious enough to try this miracle cure. Luckily Maggie is the kind of woman who’s happy to spill the beans. And I was kind of curious, so I tried it.” And the verdict? We were drinking so much water that it didn’t really have a taste, or anything. You see, wee isn’t just a waste by-product of your body.

Considering that we’ve known each other through doomed coconut water fads, the ‘Mediterranean diet’ (basically just pasta) and the fainting experience that was 5:2, it didn’t seem unlikely that one of us might actually have resorted to drinking their wee in a quest to become shinier haired and clearer-skinned (more on this later). Or to put it more bluntly: “That is totally disgusting. “But…” one of them ventured, “I have put it on my face.” Once everyone stopped squealing. “They [at the Ashram] initially encouraged us to mix some of our urine in with whatever moisturiser we’d brought with us. Even though it’s 95 per cent water, the other five per cent is made up of nutrients, including minerals, proteins, vitamins and antibodies. Aztecs used to use it to clean wounds, and Madonna famously claimed that urinating on her own feet while showering was the reason that she never got athlete’s foot.

Dictionaries and food history sources confirm the first print evidence of the term "Tex Mex" occured in the 1940s.

Linguists remind us words are often used for several years before they appear in print. "Tex-Mex food might be described as native foreign food, contradictory through that term may seem, It is native, for it does not exist elsewhere; it was born on this soil.

Wee drinking expert Martha Christy suggests drinking an undiluted cup of your first morning’s flow.

Although she also suggests gargling with it, using it as eye drops (ouch? Janice Turner, meanwhile, wrote in the Times last week that her friend has been taking three drops in a cup of hot water each morning (presumably in the homeopathic method of dilution for increased strength.) So I decided to bite the bullet and try it.

No one knows when or where it acquired the name fajita, which means girdle' or'strip' in Spanish and refers to the skirt steak originally used in the preparation...

Only in the last decade has refined, regional Mexican food taken a foot-hold in American cities, reflecting not only the tenets of Tex-Mex cookery by the cuisines of Mexico City, the Yucatan, and other regions with long-standing culinary traditions." ---America Eats Out, John Mariani [William Morrow: New York] 1991 (p.

Coe American Food: The Gastronomic Story, Evan Jones [chapter III "Padres and Conquistadores"] Cuisines of Mexico, Diana Kennedy Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink, John F.