The small zinc cups were aligned on the kitchen table and my mother showed me how to grease them. I’d dip my fingers in the fat and then slide slowly along the surface of the cup. I’ve never forgotten those smells and the tactile sensations that are involved in the making of “food things”. Today i’m preparing again these little cups that will make pies, in this case, vegetable pies. The dough is called “massa de quebrar”, from a simple and common recipe. The filling can be whatever one decides it to be.