Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Tortillas from scratch. Almost.

I'm not necessarily a culinary wizard or a total klutz in the kitchen. The food gets cooked, I eat it, friends eat it and nobody has anything particularly unkind to say.
Perusing Wal-Mart last night for a quick grab from the tortilla aisle proved to be interesting for once. Ok, before everyone gets high and mighty on my ass for shopping at the "evil empire" let me re-state one important fact. I'm so far under the poverty line that I can't afford to shop anywhere else! Most of my wardrobe comes straight off the racks at Goodwill and Fallas Paredes. (The latter being a chain of waaaay downmarket clothing shops in the Southwestern U.S.) Hell! Walmart clothing is too expensive for me!
Where was I? Ummmm. Tortillas.
Sitting on the rack was something I hadn't tried. Uncooked Tortillas that you have to slap into a pan or on a griddle. Kind of a lousy concept if you're lazy. Luckily I felt up to the challenge to temporarily transform myself into somebody's Mexican grandmother and actually cook a Tortilla.
The results were nothing short of amazing! Fifteen seconds in the pan and voila! Gourmet munchies! Nothing like the "shoe leather" variety that usually finds it's way into the supermarket. These suckers were tasty.
I started thinking of other uses for these wonderful round slabs of deliciousness. A bit of Ghee, perhaps and you have a Chapatti. Roll them around some mashed potato, spices, peas, etc. and put them into the deep fryer and you could get a convincing Samosa. (No, not Anastasio. A Food, for crying out freakin' loud!) Cut out eyes and a mouth, colour them in with crayon and put it over your face. Now you can pretend you're on "Lucha Libre"!
The possibilities are endless.

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