Saturday, May 17, 2008

Tortilla Jones

That this photo exists at all is a testimony to the power of the urge when I decide, by damn, I want some tortillas!

This was yesterday, a day that dawned sunny and by only 8:00 in the morning was already in the high seventies. Late afternoon had me flopping around and panting in eighty-plus degree heat and unwilling to expend any more energy than was required to wipe off the freshest layer of sweat. Unfortunately, if was during that latter part of the "heat wave" that my tortilla jones raised its insistent head ... and I was fresh out of the tortillas I usually buy at the store.

See, one of my favorite snacks is to throw a tortilla on the pizza pan, sprinkle it with shredded cheese and spicy seasoning, then put it in the oven until the cheese is bubbly and the tortilla starts to get crispy. Then I take it out and cut it in wedges with a pizza cutter and go "Nom, nom, nom," until I've finished the whole thing.

You can't do that if you don't have tortillas.

So I had to make some tortillas, never mind that just the effort of rolling them out made me drip like I was standing in the shower. I figured if I survived the whole silly production, I would have sweated off any calories in advance. Now that it's over, I'm sure that's true.

I shared the recipe back in July last year, the entry titled "Tortilla Sunset," but to save you the bother of looking it up, here's the quick version:

Mix together 2 cups flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder and 1 teaspoon salt. Add 3/4 cup warm milk and 2 teaspoons vegetable oil. Mix well, turn out onto floured surface and knead a couple of minutes. Cover dough and let rest 20 minutes. Divide into 8 portions, shaping into balls. Cover and let rest 10 minutes. Pat each ball out with fingers, then roll thin. Slap into dry skillet at medium heat and cook 1 to 2 minutes on each side. The torts will puff up. That's okay. Stack cooked torts on plate covered with folded kitchen towel. When cool, can be slipped in plastic bag and kept in refrigerator or frozen.

So I did all that -- with the fan turned on and aimed directly at my wilting miserable self. It was all worth it. The spicy cheese tort/pizza was sublime and my jones gland was satisfied. Not only that, later, while in the middle of a book, I slathered some butter and peanut butter on another tort, rolled it up, and snacked and read to my heart's content. Okay. My tummy's content.

Sometimes, you know, that's the same thing.


Mage And George said...

Dogged indeed. No thanks, in heat like that/this, I do "out." Then again, I do "out" really well most of the time anyway.

Kate & Jim said...

Just caught up with a few of your posts, Dee. I sure am going to try your 'Stealth Butter'! That's going to be a keeper!

I couldn't believe how hot is in your area - I was looking at our online weather map and saw it was in the high 80's and thought of you. Goodness, that's hot, for May. I'm sitting here in a sweatshirt and fuzzy slippers (Hudson Valley area, New York). It's become windy and grey. But mostly we've had rain, then sun and we have been up to 70.

Keep well, you certainly make me laugh!

Dee said...

Mage, I love doing "out" too but, in this little town, out doesn't take me very far. (smile) Besides, today is low seventies with a gentle, cooling breeze and I can enjoy the torts in comfort.

Kate, I think we've been having much the same weather both in your space and in mine. Yesterday was a bit of a fluke for our usually temperate coast. Thank heaven! I think you'll really appreciate the extended butter, by the way.

~ Sil in Corea said...

I'm gonna try that with pu-chin-gae mix. That's Korean pancake mix, not sweetened, just self-rising flour and a dab of powdered egg. I'll let you know how it turns out.

Dee said...

Sil, that sounds like a worthy experiment. I don't see why it wouldn't work. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you. DO let me know, please.

JL said...

Holy Yummy, Dee!

Thanks for soemthing to look forward to this afternoon.