I am having a bit of a foodie week it seems, so here’s the first in the promised series of Expat Essentials – the humble flour tortilla!
We tend to eat quite a lot of spicy food, and tortillas are perfect alongside a big bowl of chilli, to build quesadillas with, and as filled centre pieces in many a lunch-box, so I find they are handy to have around.
Can we get them here? If we are lucky yes… Are they any good? If you like eating something that has a consistency that sways between communion wafer-esque (not that I have eaten that many of them!) or verging on revoltingly slimy (having sweated away in plastic packaging on a supermarket shelf), I guess the answer would be favourable! I also object paying 4/5 Euros odd for something you can make for a matter of pence as well (or rather cents – you can take the girl out of England and all that!…). So a little while ago, I thought I would have a go at making my own – with pretty favourable results (even if I do say so myself!). And here’s how it’s done for those (previously) spoilt mortals (myself included) whose past lives involved produce availability of a massive range… And like a lot of fresh breads, these are best enjoyed within an hour of production. Something that’s never that difficult in this house…
450g all purpose flour;
1 tsp fine grain salt;
80 ml vegetable/sun-flower/rape-seed oil;
240 ml warm water
Sift the flour and salt into a bowl, add the oil and warm water and knead together to form a soft dough. Leave to rest covered for 15 minutes before dividing into balls (and it’s completely up to you how big/small you make them – the ingredients above made around 32 small tortillas (as you can see) and provided an hour of therapeutic activity on the afternoon of a hung over New Year’s Day!) Roll each ball out on a floured surface. In a dry heavy pan, add a tortilla and fry for 1-2 minutes or until bubbles start to form on the surface. Turn and repeat on the other side. Remove and keep warm in a clean tea-towel whilst you finish the rest.
Since I originally posted warning that this little series would be happening (at some point!), I am happy to report that I now have a “collaborator”! A fellow “German” Expat – Deanna, who blogs at From Castles and Casinos. Deanna also has a passion for travel and food, and can also be found recreating food from home from time to time too… So, to help those of you living away from home with your cravings in the kitchen, we thought this was something we could do together. From now on, most Expat Essentials posts on this blog and her Cooking for Expat Posts will go live on the same day. Do pop over and see what’s cooking in her kitchen too!