Flour tortillas

Hi there! Has it really been a week since I made (cobbled together) the quiche? Time certainly flies when you’re looking for new recipes to try!!

Today I decided to have a go at making flour tortillas as we eat them (shop bought) an awful lot. We much prefer them to sandwiches as there is just something nicer about them somehow, less bready (if you know what I mean?).

Well I searched for a recipe and eventually decided to follow this one, although I did halve the recipe and had to tweak it a little to make it work. The ingredients I used were:

400g plain flour

1.5 tables spoons of butter

1 tea spoon of baking powder

a pinch of salt

8 – 10 fl oz of boiling water

Other than the changes in amounts I just followed the recipe as it says over at All Recipes.

I think I cooked the first tortilla for too long as it was very crispy but still tasted pretty good. The ones that followed were a lot better and my son and I enjoyed them with a cheese and salad filling for our lunch. The tortillas were a bit thicker than the shop bought ones but tasted so much fresher! I will definitely make them again and I still have some for lunch tomorrow.

I really want to try to make other flat breads too, maybe with herbs or garlic. Do you have a favourite kind of bread that you like to make? I’d love to know and perhaps you would like to share the recipe?

Thanks for stopping by!

Jane x

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A simple quiche…made not-so-simple

I had a lot of peppers in the fridge and my neighbour left me some eggs when she went away on Saturday so I decided I would have a go at making a ‘simple’ quiche. Well…that was the plan anyway. I am still laughing at myself now as I write this because I must have looked like such a buffoon earlier in the kitchen!

It started off well…I even made my own shortcrust pastry and pastry is definitely not high on my can do list! But I thought flour, butter, salt and water what could go wrong?

Here it is ready to be rolled out…

…and post rolling, not too bad, a few bits had to be patched around the edge but that’s okay…right?

I softened the onions and peppers and popped them in the pastry base…

…I added the pepper spotted milk and eggs and topped it with cheese…

…and that’s when it became a not-so-simple quiche!

The loose bottomed tin I was using together with the fact that I had obviously not patched the pastry up as well as I thought caused rather a large and eggy leak!!

oops!

It was hot, I was sweating, I was panicking, I wanted to swear (a lot), I didn’t because my son was there, I plugged the leak with foil, it stopped (sort of), I shoved it in the oven quickly and prayed…

…then I laughed, a lot! I wish you could have seen me dancing round the kitchen like a lunatic!!

But, believe it or not all was well and 40 minutes later I removed a rather battle weary but non-the-less very tasty red and yellow pepper quiche from the oven and ate it happily with a green salad!

Even my son, who claims not to like peppers, ate some and loved it!

My journey continues…but that’s one wrong turn I will not be taking again!!

Lesson learned today: Don’t roll your pastry too thin or it tears, then you will have to patch it and if it is not patched correctly your quiche filling will leak all over the hob.

I hope the start of the week has been a good one for you? Mine was eggy but great!!

Jane x

A great night…

…and the food seemed to go down pretty well with everyone! As I said in my last post, our friends would eat anything I gave them but they did seem to really enjoy the meal last night, which is always a bonus!

I absolutely love the Halloumi Salad with Herby Yogurt Dressing! The combination of the creaminess of the halloumi and the sharpness of the dressing was really lovely. It’s something I would certainly make again as it would make a really nice quick and easy dinner with some crusty bread. The dressing could be used on just a plain salad too or even with chicken instead of halloumi. It would also go very well with onion bhajis as it is very similar to rhaitha which consists of yogurt, mint, cucumber and lemon juice

Now I need to go and search for my next new recipe to try…what shall I go for? Italian, Indian, Spanish? Who knows, but whatever I try I am determined to have fun with it!

I hope you are having a lovely, relaxing Sunday.

Jane x

how to make this tasty and very simple (has to be for me!!) dressing…

Decisions, decisions

Hello there and how are you today? Good I hope!

We have friends coming for a meal on Saturday evening and one of them is a very good cook, to say the least! The last couple of times I have asked them round I have not been 100% happy with my offerings (apart from a very nice vanilla cheese cake) so this time I am out to nail it!!

Now, I am not trying to prove anything to anyone else just myself. This journey is for me, but if I can offer up some good grub to people I love on the way, then that’s got to be a good thing, right?

I have already decided on the tomato and thyme cod for the main (tried and tested) but I just could not decide what to do for a starter. I usually do bread, dips and olives but they may be a little bored with that (if this is indeed possible?) So I trawled cookery books and the internet and have settled on Halloumi Salad with Herby Yogurt Dressing, sounds delish doesn’t it? I absolutely love Halloumi but have never cooked with it myself so I am very much looking forward to having a go!

Now, I could be getting a bit over excited here, but I may even throw an Avocado Salad in there too!!! I did originally decide on this but my husband pulled a face, though I know our friends will appreciate it. I love avocado even though, like halloumi, I have never used them in my cooking before.

I have so much to learn don’t I?

Anyway, wish me luck and I will let you know how I get on.

Do you have any dinner plans for the weekend? I’d love to know what you are cooking!

Take care

Jane x

It started with a dish…

…never thought it would come to this!

Hi there and welcome to my new blog where I am hoping to share with you my journey of culinary discovery.

For a while now I have felt in a real cooking rut, making things that taste good enough, but fail to inspire me. Now don’t get me wrong, I am certainly not expecting to come out of this cooking like a professional, just hopefully a little more confident in my abilities.

I made the definite decision to set up this new blog ‘my adventures with food’ after cooking a wonderfully easy fish dish yesterday, which you can find over on my other blog kooksgingerboy. It took 25 minutes to make and was so delicious, I just thought, why can’t I do this more often? So here my journey begins and I am excited!

I guess alongside being a culinary journey this blog will also be a great reference to a whole load of new and wonderful taste experiences that I will be able to use again and again. I hope you will join me along the road from time to time and hey, maybe we can swap a few tips and recipes?

Jane x