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August Cooking Projects

My goal has been to be more diverse in my cooking, and learn more vegetarian recipes. I’m doing pretty good so far here are some of my successes. I had a failure also with black bean falafel.

Americanized Asian Food

Really I just need to not give Chinese fast food places my money soo… I have taught myself how to make Honey Walnut Shrimp and Orange Chicken this week. They were both a success (and I made a really big mess in my kitchen!). Now if I can find the right recipe for Cashew Chicken I will be set!

 

Seafood

Salt Block Shrimp with Balsamic Portabella. Balsamic vinegar is a bit of a pain scrubbing off of a salt block I must say. Cedar Plank Salmon, unfortunately I still don’t like Salmon but I did try to like it(again).

 

Vegetarian

Grilled Zucchini and Purple Carrots with Falafel and Dill Sauce. Om nom nom! I could eat this every day but I had a terrible, horrible, very bad, not good experience with black bean falafel a few days later so I am taking a short falafel break.

Basil!

I have two Genovese Basil plants growing in my Aerogarden and they are starting to take over so I made some Basil hummus.

 

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I kinda just threw things in the blender and it turned out yummy.

I also made an attempt at pita bread.

 

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It was good but it will be better next time 🙂

 

Then three days later my basil had grown back up into the lights and nothing else was getting any light.

 

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So I made Pasta sauce! I have some Oregano growing in the aerogarden as well.. and some chives if the poor things could get some light..

 

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Used the same throw it in the pan and it turned out yummy method.

I’m still eating the leftovers.

 

It seems that the more I chop my basil the more it insists on growing, I cut it back heavily this time, maybe I’ll have a few days to make some recipes with my other herbs. I have a savory chicken waiting to be roasted.

 

Sour Cream Herbed Flour Tortilla Recipe

I didn’t have the right ingredients the first time I tried to make my own tortillas so I adapted with what I had, I’ve made them like this ever since because I like the flavor of these.  This is an approximate recipe, I generally add the sour cream and water together for the final result of 1 cup of liquid without being exact so it’s slightly different every time I make it. Sometimes I have no Lard and use shortening, sometimes I have neither and use vegetable oil and more butter. The herbs and the sour cream give this recipe a nice flavor and I’ve always been happy with the result.

Sour Cream Herbed Flour Tortillas

4 cups Flour

1 tsp Salt

2 tsp Baking Powder

2 tbs Lard or Vegetable Shortening

1/4 cup Herbed Butter, room temperature(I recommend Kerrygold herbed butter.)

1/2 cup Sour Cream

2/3 cup Water

Mix flour, salt and baking powder in a bowl then add lard/shortening and butter until it’s the consistency of corn meal. Add Sour cream, water until the dough comes together. Kneed until smooth and elastic.

With a knife cut in half, then cut in half again and continue until you have 16-24 dough balls that are roughly the same size.

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Cover the dough balls with a warm damp towel while you roll out the tortillas and cook them. Roll out dough ball as thin as you can or till about the size of a large sized store bought tortilla.

I use a really large skillet on medium high heat to cook the tortillas but you could use a flat griddle also. Place tortilla in pan and flip after 20-40 seconds. Tortillas should begin to bubble and will start to turn light golden brown. I generally don’t let them cook too much as I will be reheating them again when used.  Remove from heat place in a warm folded towel or paper towels. Allow to cool completely then seal in air tight container.

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I generally get into a rhythm where I roll  out a tortilla as I am cooking one and I synchronize the pan flips and dough rolling flips until they are all made. I find that if I roll them out and let them sit they shrink up and are too thick so I roll them super thin and immediately add them to the hot pan.