Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Fresh Corn Tortillas . . . Finally

You know how sometimes you live your life for years and years doing something one way, and then suddenly you realize you have to do it differently?  Immediately?

Brad and I make soft tacos all the time--fish tacos, shrimp tacos, steak tacos.  And I always complain about the stupid tortillas falling apart.  Every brand, from fancy artisanal tortillas to your standard supermarket brands.  They all stink, in my opinion.

Then I saw this post on one of my favorite food blogs, 100 Days of Real Food.  And Bon Appetit had this article.  And I got it.  The universe was sick and tired of my complaining.  It was time for change.

So on Sunday I happily headed out to my favorite store in the mall--pretty much the only store that gets me into the mall--Sur la Table, to buy a tortilla press.  And the store was gone.


I stood there staring at the spot where my beloved store used to be, trying to convince myself that there was some explanation other than the store was just gone.  Like maybe I forgot that it's actually on the other level. So I went to check.  And of course it wasn't there.

I tried other stores--Williams-Sonoma, Bed Bath & Beyond, and even Cost Plus--without any luck.  Defeated, I went home and did some more whining.  On facebook.  And friends sent me back out to another location across town, assuring me that my beloved store was only temporarily closed to move out of the mall and across the street.

So, short story long, I got my tortilla press on Sunday.  And the full set of Zoku quick pop maker, tools, storage case, and recipe book.  When I got home I asked Brad how likely he thought it was that I'd leave Sur la Table with only a tortilla press; he laughed and gave me the "zero" sign with his hand.

My verdict?  The universe was right.  I needed to stop complaining and start making tortillas because they're super easy and so much better than anything we've found in the store.

I just used the recipe on the back of the package, although I probably should've heeded some of Lisa's suggestions. Particularly the one about letting the pan heat for a good 10-15 minutes. You want that sucker hot, Hot, HOT.

With some grilled fish, guacamole, shredded cabbage, thinly sliced radish, fresh cilantro, and hot sauce, it was the perfect quick and easy meal.

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