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Sunday, August 07, 2005

The Low Carb Thing is SO Over!

Spent the entire weekend snarfing yummy carbs as quick as I could cook/ drink/ get my grubby fat fingers on them.

Saturday night, a case of the Mexican munchies struck, so we pored over Jamie's Dinners - Mr Oliver's version of quesadillas, which he toasts in a pan over the stove without oil. Thus, once again, fooled self into thinking I was making a healthy snack and ate loads. Having a partner in crime always helps with the over-eating. Yes, Ms. G, I'm twarkin' ta yoose! And you too, Ms. Skrat, your new blog inspired me.

jamie's quesilladasquesadilla
Quesadilla comparision. L: Jamie's version. R: My version.

Am particularly proud of my crafty, lazy person's adaptation of the Jamie recipe:

  • Any kind of melty grated cheese (I used 4 diff. ones - Monterey Jack & Colby, Emmenthal, Mozarella and Parmesan - for a quattro formaggio kinda feeling)
  • Chopped spring onions (chang), as much as you like - I like lots!
  • 1 pack soft flour tortillas
  • Optional: any meat you like (I used left-over stir-fried minced beef with Mexican chilli seasoning added)

  • Super-Easy Assembly-line
  • Grab one flour tortilla, sprinkle thin layer of cheese evenly over surface.
  • Spread a thin layer of your choice of meat over cheese.
  • Sprinkle another thin layer of cheese over meat.
  • Garnish with spring onion.
  • Top with another flour tortilla, creating a tortilla sandwich, pressing down firmly to flatten slightly & pack ingredients tight.
  • Transfer to a non-stick frying pan on low-medium heat and "toast" tortilla without oil.
  • Keep watching and turning to make sure each side gets nicely browned and crisp.
  • Also make sure cheese and meat is thoroughly heated through and oozingly melty.
  • When done how you like, remove from pan, cut into quarters. Serve with salsa, guacamole and sour cream. For extra kick, Tabasco or other like hot sauces a must.

  • According to Jamie, "These Mexican-style stuffed pancakes are great when you've got mates round. They're dead easy to make and just need a bottle of Mexican beer to wash them down!"

    OK, no Mexican beer this time, but the Heineken we had on hand worked just as well.

    Lazy People Rejoice!
  • Buy those ready-grated cheese packs - huge selection @ Cold Storage (even better, Holland Village branch opens 24hrs!)
  • Look in Mexican food section, buy ready-made guacamole and salsa.
  • Don't overstuff the tortillas otherwise you get a burnt outside from letting it sit for too long on the heat, trying to cook the ingredients through. Also, the cheese oozes out all over the pan and burns and creates a mess, which lazy people like us do not appreciate.

  • garlic herb sausagesI also grilled up some naughty little garlic-herb sausages and served everything with lashings of hot sauce and yogurt/ spring onion kettle chips. Glugs of beer finished it all off beautifully.

    So yes, sayonara Dr Atkins, consider this my Dear John letter to you.

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