With the sun shining and the temperature rising, the summer really did arrive in London this weekend. So why not bring some of that sunshine into the kitchen! The weather always ends up inspiring me, and the sun it really inspired me to make dishes full of colour and full of summer flavour, and for some reason I turned to Mexico for inspiration!
Now I have never been to Mexico but its very much on my list. With holidays for 2015 already in the pipe line Mexico will have to wait in line but I will go and when I do it will be an amazing foodie experience. I love the flavours and the spice that comes out of Mexican food, plus they love to put cheese on things so how could you possibly complain. The food is so simple yet full of flavour and the ingredients so versitile, its fun food to make!
So with the sun out, it of course meant picnic on the common, and once you are full of food it of course means a nap. As I dozed in the sun I pondered new recipes, food to try ( yes thats right all I do is think about food!) and new sources of inspiration, and of course something Mexican inspired popped into my head. Returning home I raided the cupboard and there they were black beans, a lovely little tin ready to cook with. With a fridge full of cheese, a quasadilla was the only way forward!
Of course I cannot just have a quasadilla on its own, and will some lovely ripe avacados sitting in the fruit bowl fresh from the farmers market they just screamed GUACAMOLE!!!
Guacamole is so quick and easy to make that it feel wrong to buy it in the shop. Here is my super quick recipe. Once you start making your own guacamole you will never go back!
1 1/2 ripe Avocados, skinned and chopped
2 spring onions roughly chopped
3-4 small cherry tomatoes chopped in half
a few springs of coriander
1/3 chilli ( add more if you want some heat)
Squeeze of lime
Throw all the ingredients into a food processor and whizz – pop in a bowl and serve!
Now you need something to go with that amazing guacamole you just made so here is a recipe for a super easy and tasty quesadilla, and the best thing is you can vary up the ingredients, add in some beef or chicken, or keep it veggie and fill it with peppers.
Quasadilla Ingredients ( for 2-3 servings)
1 red onion thinly sliced
1 garlic clove crushed
1/2 tsp chili flakes ( add more if you want the heat)
1 400g tin of black beans
5/6 tbsp. pasata
2 teaspoons of Schwartz Fajita spice mix
2-3 small tortilla wraps
cheese…. as much as you like.
1. Spray a frying pan with a few squirts of oil and add the onions and garlic. Let the onions cook on a low heat until soft and add in the chili flakes. Then add the black beans fajita spice and pasata, stir all together and turn the heat down to low.
2. While the beans are heating through get another frying pan out and spray with a little bit of oil, put on a low heat and add a wrap. Gentle heat for about 20 seconds on each side, then on one side spoon some of bean mix onto the wrap and top with cheese. Then fold the wrap over and turn the heat up a little bit and cook on each side for a couple of minutes so each side browns and the cheese melts. If you are doing more than one then keep them warm in the oven, otherwise serve with a salad and home made Guacamole!