News — By Ben on 01 June 2009
Tacos, tortillas and more

Foodbuzz dinner

I can’t believe how tired I feel today after the fun and busy weekend we just had. Cooking for thirty people and partying afterwards is no laughing matter anymore for me. I am not 23 anymore and I am starting to feel it, LOL. Anyway, today is a busy day in What’s Cooking because I have a lot of things to post about.

First we have a winner for the SCANPAN 10″ eco-friendly fry-pan. We had seven participants and random.org picked number 5. Congratulations Anniepooh! A brand new pan will be on its way to your house soon! A true foodie like yourself deserves the best and not that pan you are still using, hehe. You will be able to throw it away soon :)

winner

Second, Homemade #4 – Tortillas was a big success. We didn’t have a ton of entries, but the ones we did have were so amazing that I feel so proud of each and every single participant. Great job everybody! Now you can proudly say that you are a true tortilla maker :) Here are the entries:

icedteaforme made corn tortillas for cinco de mayo:

Kelly coincidentaly just made tortillas for the first time after her trip to Mexico. She used them for tacos. They look so good, don’t they?:

Cory has been making his own flour tortillas for a long time and he shared his recipe with us:

Imagelicious made an amazing batch of flour tortillas. She found the secret to make them in the third try. That’s persitance! This beautiful picture speaks for itself:

Ivy wasn’t sure she was going to be able to make tortillas using her non-stick skillet, but she did an amazing job making her own whole-wheat sun dried tomato tortillas for the very first time. She used them for fajitas:

YasmeenHealthNut didn’t like corn tortillas until she made her own at home. She shared her method with us and her delicious recipe for Bean Enchiladas with Roasted Poblano Sauce:

Joan Nova and her Family Food Fight Team took the challenge very seriously. They collectively made the tortillas and individually made the toppings. This is what I call team work and they did a great job:

My beautiful friend Deeba made Tortillas in a hurry before leaving for a little beautiful hamlet in the Himalayas. She made Beanie Quesadillas with them:

And Ben, your host, made spinach tortillas and beet chalupas, look at those beautiful colors:

Thank you everyone for participating. This has been my favorite Homemade challenge so far. I will be posting this month’s challenge sometime this week. I need to make it and get some pictures of it. So stay tuned!

And speaking of tortillas, for my Foodbuzz taco party on Saturday I didn’t make my own tortillas. Originally I was thinking about it, but when I saw that the list of guests kept growing I decided to buy them from a tortilleria close to my house. In Mexico most people don’t make their own tortillas anymore. They buy them fresh from tortillerias, shops with big machines that have one single purpose: making toritllas. I bought too many of them and now I have 9 dozens in my fridge and freezer. At least I won’t have to worry about making tortillas for a while.

Tortilleria by Rene Venturoso

Tortilleria by Rene Venturoso

Two of the tacos I made for my event on Saturday were cochinita pibil (a traditional dish from the Yucatan peninsula) and al pastor tacos. I was going to write about these tacos, but I will let youtube do that for me today (I am still tired and can’t think straight, LOL)

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And here’s a very talented, but shy, taquero (taco chef):

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I didn’t get any pictures of my al pastor tacos served with my pineapple pico de gallo salsa, but I leave you with the picture of cochinita pibil. You can get the recipe for these delicious tacos here.

¡Buen provecho!

I am sending this post to June’s Go Ahead Honey is Gluten-Free hosted by Carol, because corn tortillas are gluten-free and can be more manly (this month’s theme) than pork spicy tacos, right?

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grew up around food. His family owned a restaurant in Mexico City and he spent a big deal of his childhood helping and learning after school the art of creating delicious dishes from simple ingredients. He created this blog to share his kitchen adventures with the world.

(14) Readers Comments

  1. Everybody did a great job with the tortillas. Isn’t blogging amazing, how many things we learn everyday. The picture with the taquero, is that gyros he is making?

  2. Everyone did an excellent job Ben and congratulations to the winner of the pan:D

  3. Great effort by everyone! The taquero looks like he is using gyros!

  4. Lots of lovely tortillas. I couldn’t join in as I was a bit busy last month. Maybe the next one, eh?

  5. All the entries look great! I will definitely have to try some time as it looks a bit more manageable than I thought and I am sure the results are absolutely delicious.

  6. Some great looking tortillas

  7. Inspiring! i didn’t get to participate this time, but i’ll make the tortillas at home:-)

  8. MMMMM…Ben: it all looks fabulous!
    Everyone did a great job making the tortilla’s! Yummie!

  9. I’m going to admit that making homemade tortillas does look daunting, but I’m impressed with the results. Sun dried tomatoes? That sounds perfect with some cheese :)

    I hear ya bout not being 23 anymore. Sometimes a guy has to sit the roller coaster out

  10. I would sit at that little taco buffet bar (in the photo above) and eat all of that. Oh my gosh, so good.

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