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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Never ending Chilli...

Still bubbling on the stove. Yet to top it up with fresh secret ingredients. Hmm, try something new with it maybe?
Google soon pulls up a few recipes for Flour Tortillas.

Y'know - they were OK. Probably even easier to create than the kitchen full of flour and very stick dough I managed, if only I'd followed the recipe. Like the bit about leaving the dough for 20 minutes. And 3/4 cup of milk - not 3 to 4 cups....
Here's where I borrowed it from.
Flour Tortillas

Two cups of all-purpose flour (can make them whole wheat by substituting one cup of whole-wheat flour for white flour)
1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
1 teaspoon of salt
2 teaspoons of vegetable oil
3/4 cups of warm milk

Mix together the flour, baking powder, salt and oil.
Slowly add the warm milk.
Stir until a loose, sticky ball is formed.
Knead for two minutes on a floured surface. Dough should be firm and soft.
Place dough in a bowl and cover with a damp cloth or plastic wrap for 20 minutes.
After the dough has rested, break off eight sections, roll them into balls in your hands, place on a plate (make sure they aren’t touching) and then cover balls with damp cloth or plastic wrap for 10 minutes. (It’s very important to let the dough rest, otherwise it will be like elastic and won’t roll out to a proper thickness and shape.)
After dough has rested, one at a time place a dough ball on a floured surface, pat it out into a four-inch circle, and then roll with a rolling pin from the center until it’s thin and about eight inches in diameter. (If you roll out pie crusts you’ll have no problem with this.) Don’t over work the dough, or it’ll be stiff. Keep rolled-out tortillas covered until ready to cook.
In a dry iron skillet or comal heated on high, cook the tortilla about thirty seconds on each side. It should start to puff a bit when it’s done.
Keep cooked tortillas covered wrapped in a napkin until ready to eat.
Can be reheated in a dry iron skillet, over your gas-burner flame or in the oven wrapped in foil.
While you probably won’t have any leftovers, you can store in the fridge tightly wrapped in foil or plastic for a day or so.
Makes eight tortillas.

Alice's verdict. Tasty. Robert's? As long as there's no walnuts in there he'll probably eat anything!

Still not sure on the quantity of milk...

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

See icy seaside air beside the seaside. See?

Last day of the Easter holidays - house full of kids. Load 'em up, off to the beach for the afternoon. Through sunshine and wind and rain and hail and arrive. Sunshine again! Girls make a dumpy mermaid out of sand, marron grass hair, mismatched pebble eyes. I wouldn't crash my boat onto the rocks for her. Boys climbing on the rock sea defences. Sea out - perfect for mindless stone skimming. Robert has improved his throwing skills since last year...

Kites up. Kites down.

All hail the hail. Beaten into the arcade clutching pots of copper coins. Visit my madman on the cliff edge for a cuppa. Looking out to sea. A smile for Katie.

Miss ya hun.

Shoulders shrugged and so to home. Bus filled, back through every weather, to sunshine home, fire lit, chilli by the gallon. And rest.