Friday, August 08, 2008

What's good

on a Friday.

I ran out of everything this week, including money. Didn't feel like getting on the bus to Chester to go to the bank, just couldn't be arsed, really. So had to make something to eat with what's in the kitchen now, that isn't meat.

What to do.

How to make your own flour tortillas and bean, egg and tomahhto burritos.

Put about a cup of flour in a bowl, add two tsps salt,
add 1/3 cup of cooking oil and enough water to make a soft dough.

Mix and knead the dough until the gluten starts to develop.

Take palm-sized balls of dough and roll them out nice and thin, with lots of extra flour.

Bake them for a bout five minutes under the grill. You know you've done it right when they start to bubble up and take them out when they start getting just a weeee bit toasted.

Flip. Toast a weeee bit on the other side.

One cup of flour should make two large, or three medium tortillas.


one tin of red kidney beans
dump into a skillet.
Mash with the back of a fork until you have a very unapetizing looking mash.
Season with a whack of hot chili powder, a knob of butter, salt and about a teaspoon of sugar.

Stir very vigorously with the fork until the water boils away and you've got a paste. It is crucial to continue stirring constantly throughout the cooking, particularly taking care that the beans do not stick to the bottom of the pan. For this reason, teflon pans will not do.

Once the bean paste has thickened, take the pan off the heat and cover. Let it stand for five minutes.

Looks awful; tastes great. And is very good for you.

The beans are the "meat" of the burrito.


Prepare a chopped boiled egg, chopped ripe tomahhhto, chopped fresh spinach, fried mushrooms, sliced avocado, grated cheddar, or whatever you fancy.

Take a generous blob of beans and put it on one of your tortillas. Add a bit of grated cheese (under the grill again for three minutes to melt) add the chopped tomahhto, mushrooms and other stuff.

A bit of Mexican salsa is nice, and if you've made the beans too spicy, try a tablespoon or so of sour cream.

Wrap it all up in the tortilla.


(Warning: v. messy.)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You stirred up a long dormant memory of hard times. Nothing in the house but flour, water and margarine, so we made bannock. Not good bannock, like some people in the great white north can make, yet we were happy. Thanks.