Day 13 – Homemade Tortillas!!!

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February 16, 2009 by missmegany

I am SO proud of our homemade tortillas. So proud that I was munching on them as a snack for the following days, much to Mac’s dismay. Although bean chili is not the most romantic of meals, we started off with a nice breakfast (I went out to the bakery in the morning to get some bread) before I abandoned Mac for my WEN meeting. Then our friends came over and invaded our SUPER messy flat to plan our new allotment.

We hung out at night and watched Alfie (the original one). I kept turning to Mac saying, “Are you SURE he’s supposed to be a loveable character?” REALLY bizarre film. It’s such a dated outlook on life, but I can’t tell what the director/writer was going for–was he criticising this new libertine outlook? This seems a bit early for an attack on “free-love”….. Absolutely bizarre film.

Now, down to our food:

Homemade Tortillas – I watched the instructions (and the recipe)
BUT I’m wondering if
this might be better.

Tortillas were 6p a piece
4c flour (44p)
1/8tsp baking powder (1p)
1/2c vegetable shortening (30p)
1 1/2 tsp salt (1p?)
1c hot water
Watch the instructions. It’s way better than trying to envision it
based on written instructions. Trust me.

Chili Lasagne 54.5p (WAY more expensive than I thought this would be)
3T veg oil (9p)
1T chili oil (10p) (I would have added more chili… this wasn’t spicy enough!)
1c dried black beans (36p–an estimated guess. I brought it back from
the States)
1c dried kidney beans (40p)
1 1/2 onion (1/2 from Riverford, 1 large onion 10p)
2 cloves garlic (15p)
1T cumin (18p)
1 can tomatoes (72p)
2T tomato paste (8p)
6-8 tortillas (see above–we used 6 for 36p)

Boil the beans for a couple hours. It certainly lessens the cooking
time if you soak them overnight, but we didn’t and they were fully
cooked after about 3 hours.
Roughly chop the onion.
Heat the oil and add the onion. Cook until softened.
Add garlic and cumin, continue cooking 5 min.
Add tomatoes, cook a further 5 min.
Add beans and stir to mix thoroughly.
In a separate pan, heat 2T tomato paste with a pinch of hot chili
pepper and enough water to make a sauce consistency. As you cook this,
you may need to add more water as it evaporates. Don’t heat too high
or you’ll burn it since there isn’t much in the pan. In reality, we
could have added a few more tablespoons of tomato paste, made more
sauce and added it to every layer.
When tortillas are ready, add beans and tortillas to a casserole dish
in layers. On top add tomato paste.
Bake 20min or so.

Both of us £1.99 (phew. that was EXTREMELY close)
Breakfast: 37p, 1 egg (22p), 1 slice bread (9p) 3g butter (2p) (plus Mac had marmite) and 1 tea (4p) It was freaking Valentine’s Day. We treated ourselves.

Lunch: 31.5p Cous cous (27p) with leftover sauce 100g onion (3p) withcabbage (riverford) and 1T veg oil (3p) add in leftover sauce from cauliflower
Riverford: 75p
Dinner: 55p Chili lasagne with homemade tortillas! We wanted chili,but had to change the recipe around when we thought we had WAY moretortillas than beans. We were wrong… oops. The tortillas made agreat snack, though. Yay for carbs.


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