Mexican Food- Sunday Meal

First Sunday meal in the new place

Well, that went ok. The kitchen performed flawlessly. The new gas range is a pure joy to cook with. I think it’s been since I lived in Rapid City, South Dakota since I had a kitchen with a gas stove. Cooking on that stove was a thrill in its self. Now that the thrift stores are open again, I’ll see if I can find some decent pots and pans. I was able to use my brand new Japanese chef knife that I paid $11.99 for on Amazon. It did pretty good. I have a genuine Ginsu knife arriving tomorrow. I’ll be able to slice through an aluminum can AND a tomato. I won’t take that kind of power lightly.

Enchiladas

The main dish today was enchiladas. We followed a recipe from allrecipes.com. We didn’t follow it to a tee, but we didn’t stray to far from it either. The seasoning on the chicken breasts was Feiya’s idea. We mixed paprika, salt, chili powder, and cumin together. It was pretty tasty, but in the end you really couldn’t taste it in the finished dish. The salsa verde was the highlight of the day! Very easy to make- chicken broth, flour, butter, onions, chilis, and some cumin. I followed the recipe and turned out pretty good. Could use a little kick from some jalapenos or such.

Cooking Mexican food for our Sunday meal.
These are the chicken breasts we tried to spice up with a little concoction. The spices were pretty good, however they were lost in the finished dish.

Over all the enchiladas turned out pretty good. It was a little bland, but had a lot of potential. Hopefully someday soon we’ll revisit it and try to spice it up a bit.

Cooking Mexican food for our Sunday meal.
The enchiladas before the big bake.
Cooking Mexican food for our Sunday meal.
The enchiladas after the big bake.

Chili Rellenos

Another recipre we tried from allrecipes.com was Chili Rellenos. This was a disaster in the making. I think what saved it was I talked to the produce guy at WinCo Foods and he told me that his grandmother soaks the chilis in saltwater for about 10 minutes before stuffing and cooking them. I did as he said the the ckilis turned out very favorable and sweet. Feiya made the batter and I think she went a little heavy with the milk making the batter a little runny. Not the end of the world. The recipe called for rolling them in flour and then dipping them into the batter. I did that on 3 of them. On the fourth chili I dipped it in an egg was and the batter stuck a little better when I fried it. Still not the greatest, but would like to try battering and frying something again soon. So I can get it grip on it.

Cooking Mexican food for our Sunday meal.
This looks a lot worse than it actually was.
Cooking Mexican food for our Sunday meal.
The batter wasn’t too bad.

Feiya wasn’t on her game today. We started at 11:00am and she had just woken up at 10:30am. I think there was too much coming at her too early in the day. Getting up for school this fall is going to be a real treat. She did prep the chilis and make the batter before she checked out. She accidentally rubbed her nose with a finger tip that had pepper on it. I think that was a lesson she needed to learn for herself.

Cooking Mexican food for our Sunday meal.
Feiya admiring her handy work with the chicken.
Cooking Mexican food for our Sunday meal.
She made a smoothie and went to her room after the pepper incident.

Presentation

The final presentation could have been better. I’ll have to work on that. Overall I would give today’s meal 7.5 out of 10. It was a success overall, but we can improve. Which, for me, is the best part. Progressing. I used to think of myself as a pretty good cook. However, over the years my nomadic lifestyle has moved me away from cooking. I’m so glad Feiya has a such an interest in the kitchen. I’m hoping her passion can ignite my passion for cooking once again. I don’t think that’s a long shot.

Cooking Mexican food for our Sunday meal.
My plate could look better.

Next week we’re going Mediterranean. Feiya and I would go to this restaurant in San Mateo a lot- Cobani Gyro and Kebab. It was a Californian twist on the gyro. Very fresh and flavorful. Not like you get in the Midwest, which are good in their own rights. We’re going to try to miic the chicken gyro and greek salads we used to order there. Wish us luck!

Tonight’s music, an oldie but goody- Midnight Movies.

I used my trusty Sony A6000 with a 16-70mm lens from Sony Vario-Tessar. Like a doofus I had the butterfly lens hood on wrong and the wings showed up in some of the wide shots.