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Tortillas

I made some tortillas last night using fine corn flour, water and a tortilla press. It doesn't seem to need anything else. They seemed to come out quite well. They're not as neat as commercial ones, it took me a while to work out how much meal to put in the press, what shape the lump should be and where to position it.

It was also quite hard to get the consistency of the dough. I made it three days ago but it was too wet so I left it to dry out a bit. Looking at recipes on the internet it seems that there is little leeway for error in the proportions and I don't have terribly accurate scales or a measuring jug.

The corn flour was rather expensive, I got it in Sainsburys, but I imagine that it shouldn't be too hard to find a cheaper source, probably from Indian or Chinese supermarkets. It's only fine corn flour.

I'm not quite sure what to do with the tortillas. I guess if they were cut into triangles and fried in corn oil then we'd have tortilla chips. An alternative is to fry them whole and then drizzle with honey and cinnamon and serve with vanilla ice cream. It's a dessert I've had before.

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jimboboz
Oct. 1st, 2008 12:50 pm (UTC)
Make chilli, like I did tonight.
gbsteve
Oct. 1st, 2008 01:18 pm (UTC)
I made some kind of chile stew to go with them but I ate it three days ago. It was sort of mole poblano with corn, pinto beans, chicken thighs and some nice chocolatey mole.
jimboboz
Oct. 1st, 2008 10:45 pm (UTC)
That sounds vile.

What works well is garlic, onions, carrots, celery, red capsicum, all diced finely and sauteed until soft.

At this point put in fresh chillis chopped finely (take out the seeds to get rid of the bitterness) or chilli powder, plus paprika and a dash of cummin.

Then add minced beef for meat-eaters, or diced zucchini for vegetarians.

When that's all cooked through nicely, toss in a tin of tomatoes, then some chicken stock (Masel brand chicken-flavoured stock for vegetarians) and let it cook for ten minutes to reduce.
undyingking
Oct. 3rd, 2008 07:44 am (UTC)
Get a jug and some scales with the money you save on cheapie conrflour?
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