Salmon Summer tacos (home-made masa tortilla)

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A fresh Mexican style lunch today…

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The market’s findings…

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Yeah ! Cilantro, coriander.

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Masa tortillas. Well, it’s work in progress for the shape, but they taste great. It’s too simple, just add water, mix, knead, wait, spread… Just train. But I can’t buy masa harina easily, so I won’t have many opportunities for training.

If you don’t have masa harina , you can make :
wheat tortilla
corn tortilla (with grits, polenta, they are not gluten free)

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Salmon and green peppers are grilled…

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Before filling the shells…

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… on top of the veggies. I’ve added some minced hot chili that does not appear on photos (it’s red), and a few drops of Jalapeno Tabasco sauce.

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Now let’s devour that…

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Hot red choc’ chili

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A warm sprouted azuki chili with a few twists.

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These ingredients give the mood…

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I have followed the recipe of bean chili with dark chocolate and walnut, using sprouted azuki I had cooked and frozen. So it’s quick to mix and let simmer.

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Sides : A home-made wheat tortilla, toasted. And stir-fried white parts of romaine salad.

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Then use the tortilla as a spoon and enjoy :

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Purple beans, Mexican wind.

Today’s bean lunch takes us to Mexiiiico ! I feel so much warmer after eating this.

I’ve added spices, cumin, nutmeg, powdered jalapeno, and a diced carrot to boiled azuki beans (I restocked big time : soaked and cooked 1 kg !). The salsa is from a jar.

I’ve got this huge leafy Chinese cabbage.

The outer greens slightly steamed as a hot salad.

Yuzu guacamole, just yuzu juice and avocado. That’s enough, fragrant, sour, silky. That makes one creamy topping. The other is yogurt.

A full meal, ready in 5 minutes. Hot and spicy.

Fish tacos with DIY corn tortilla


Taco lunch ! Arriba ! Nobody says that ? Pues, caramba ! Even less… I used to speak Spanish well.

The market’s basket. It’s chili and peppers season.

My yellow tortillas… I mixed flour and polenta (grits), olive oil, water and salt. I rolled 2 crepes and steamed them. Then toasted in the toaster. They taste good, a great roast corn flavor.
Now the shape and solidity are not like those you can buy. As you see, they are flat, no folding in 2. If you insist, they break and you get 2 half-circles. There is a trick. Fill them and take photos. The filling will soften the fold line and as you can see at the end I get them folded.

Hot ingredients : Fish (flounder) stir-fried in olive oil with coriander seeds, black pepper, paprika. Stir-fried red onions. Shishito green peppers roast in the oven toaster,

Crudités : cukes, yellow paprika, togarashi peppers.

Filled !

With a side of mix beans (edamame, garbanzo, black beans, favas) in sweet chili and cumin sauce with toasted sesame.

Beans and bunny biscuits

Today’s lunch is a little tex-mex. Red beans, omelet and veggie biscuits.

Not easy to cut with all these bits… especially if your biscuit cutter is in shape of rabbit. OK, it’s not a fancy onigiri rice-ball press.

That’s the inside. I have used lard as fat and then water with a little beaten egg. They are spiced with cumin. The veggies are red chili, corn, bean and negi leeks.

Azuki beans are often used for sweets but they make an excellent savory dish too. They are reheated with chili pepper, onion, garlic, red paprika…

The eggs.

Let’s try to bake a tamale pie

Autumn weather is arriving and gives appetite for good old baked dishes…
I had never eaten this. It’s a good tex-mex variation of our old polenta. Very tasty.
I saw many recipes of all sorts on the web and totally improvised mine.

The 3 layers :

Under (crockpot) :
olive oil, garlic, onion, ground chicken, azuki beans, hot chili, jalapeno tabasco, tomato flesh, , spices…
Cover (microwave):
corn meal, baking powder, olive oil, salt, cumin seeds, water
Toppings (under broiler) :
cream cheese, cumin seeds, paprika

Cal 673.2 F29.5g C81.5g P24.7g

Taco raisu and taco “crepe”

or ?

Taco raisu = taco rice. It’s like a taco… on rice. An invention of Okinawan fast-food near the US bases. The original version is made with beef and premix sauces, plus plain white rice.

A chili stew (chicken, tomato, bell pepper, chili peppers, spices…),

Iceberg lettuce, chili tomatoes.

Jalapeno tabasco, cheese, a fluid salsa (tomato, chili, green yuzu lemon, sea salt).

For rice, I mixed white and brown.

Add a few of those infamous triangle chips… and drink coke ? Iced jasmine tea is good too.

(it’s a double serving of rice… and yeah, I ate the rest of the doritos mini-bag)
Cal 717.4 F21.7g C117.6g P33.2g

Then with the same filling and home-made “crepes tortilla” :

The tortilla in a Japanese kitchen

Cal 472.2 F13.1g C64.3g P27.3g