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Monday, December 01, 2008

Did I mention that I love Tex Mex?

Going back through my blog archives, as I do occasionally, I realised how often I blog about Tex Mex. And you know what? I'm good with that! Simple ingredients, ridiculously brilliant tastes, and so many different dishes. I love sharing Tex Mex with friends - I think it's a great dinner party experience - and so last night was well chuffed to have some of my favourite folks over for dinner...

Left and then clockwise: Stephen, Neibi, Phil and finally my mum. Neibi and my mum are holding up the home made blue corn tortillas that we all made together.

Did I say blue corn tortillas? Check it out:

I recently got three different types of masa harina (white, yellow and blue) from a great Aussie Tex Mex online delivery service, Fireworks Foods (the website is well dodgy, but they've got great products and great service!), as well as a tortilla press. So last night I made tortilla dough, my mum offered advice when the dough turned out waaaaaay too sticky, and Neibi exerted her personality on the tortilla press. After a few false starts, all went well, and we got about 14 great little tortillas out onto the frypan and then into a warm oven. Tortilla dough is pretty much equal amounts of masa harina to warm water - and it's amazing, the dough retains heat for so long!!

I offered a whole bunch o' dishes to go with the tortillas (which were, let's face it, the main reason for the dinner party):

Starting in the middle on the left, we've got onions and mushrooms fried with cumin; refried beans; great globs of guacamole; rockmelon salsa (rockmelon, chilli, spring onion, lemon juice, linseed oil); roasted beetroot and kidney beans stir fried with roasted garlic and chipotle; blue corn tortillas; pickled cactus; queso (cashews, corn flour, onion flakes, salt, chilli flakes, nutritional yeast) and finally salsa verde (tomatillos, garlic, chilli, lemon juice, coriander, vegetable stock). There was also a tomato salsa (tomatoes, olives, spring onion, chilli).

Way too much fun - but just enough food for the five of us, and for me to have leftovers for lunch! I gave Phil and Neibi a bottle of my salsa verde and I froze the remainders.

There was even a pseudo Mexican dessert. Chocolate icecream (from Vice Cream) with spiced cashews (cinnamon, cayenne pepper, salt and maple syrup) which I made in my awesome icecream maker. I'm practicing for Xmas - I think everyone's going to get icecream, I've got so many ideas for flavours!!

An awesome feast, and I'm never going to buy tortillas from the supermarket ever again!!


Blogger Susan said...

It all looks so wonderful! I can't wait to get onto the website and order some fun stuff. Tee hee. Damn pesky car insurance getting in the way of tex mex food fun! *sulks*

The tortillas are just groovy!

10:55 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Awesome. I have a feeling I won't be the only reader who buys a tortilla press!!!!!

11:25 PM  
Blogger Mandee said...

Wow, they look fantastic! I want to make 'em toooooo

5:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi love your website. A while ago you reviewed Naked Espresso in Newtown. I went there and the breakfast is really good. They now have vegan pies which are a real winner and i hear they are going to be open for lunch Mon, Tue and Wed each week. Cant wait - and thanks for pointing out that Naked Espresso exists. Im telling everyone. Dave

3:05 PM  

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