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#40 Cheese and Avocado Tortillas with Papas de Padron

imageAnother Mexican inspired dish and one inspired by Pinterst. I truly believe that Pinterest is for inspiration and hopefully one day for inspiring. Thanks xx for this recipe.

My version has two alternatives for the tortillas:
gluten-free maize tortillas and soft wheat tortillas. I also made two  fillings
Filling 1: hummus, Cheddar cheese, sliced avocado
Filling 2: Philadelphia cream cheese, Cheddar cheese, rocket

Prepare the fillings: slice the avocado, make the hummus and shred a bit of rocket.
Halve the tortillas. Spread hummus or cream cheese on the tortilla, add a slice of Cheddar and put on some avocado or rocket.  Turn the tortilla halves into two making it the size of one-quarter.
Heat a frying pan and add some olive oil. Fry the tortillas on medium heat until golden brown.

Use another pan to make Papas de Padron – sweet peppers.
For two people you will need two handfuls of small green peppers and some salt.
Heat a frying pan and place the peppers and salt on it. Fry until the peppers start to pop and before they burn.
The beauty of this dish and the peppers are that you never know which ones are really hot. Some, perhaps one in eight, are hot the others sweet.

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#39 Hot Nacho Platter

imageI’m in for easy recipes and that require minimal preparation and about 30 minutes of time. Some of the recipes are oldies – ones I’ve eaten ages ago and ones being recommend to me a while ago. Interestingly some of the dishes, like this one, seem to be popular at the moment.

This nacho recipe is one inspired by many ideas – I usually make enchiladas with vegetables or with minced meat. The other week I also prepared some avocado hummus tortillas after browsing on Pinterest. The recipe will appear here in a few days.

For a platter for two you will need
2 cups of nachos, 200 g minced meat, ½ packet of  bean salsa (kidney beans, tomato, spices), 100 g grated Cheddar and 8 cherry tomatoes, 2 tbsp chopped coriander, 1 cup baby spinach.
Pre-heat the oven to 200 C. Heat a frying pan and brown the minced meat. Add the mean salsa and heat it up. Line a baking sheet with paper and place the nachos on first.  Sprinkle half of the cheese on and add the meat-bean mixture.  Then put on the rest of the cheese. Bake for 10 minutes.
Chop the tomatoes, coriander and spinach while the nachos are baking, and place on the platter after taking the baking sheet out of the oven. Serve immediately as a shared dish. Place it on a tray or a large plate.

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Mexican Brunch, Zum Beispiel

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It is a beautiful Saturday morning. The sun has not been out for days – the spring is here. There is practically no snow although it is only 1 March!

A lovely morning indeed! We’ve lived here in Porvoo for almost a year and not have we gotten around to having brunch out. Even today we were close not to because the vendace and white fish from the local fish monger’s tempted us to stay home. They will have wait until this evening and tomorrow.

Decidedly we headed towards Zum Beispiel, a deli in the old town specialized in local and organic produce. Mexican brunch was what we had in mind. It is a short walk and even a shorter drive as the restaurant is right there in Välikatu where the pedestrian street begins. A few minutes from the old town square and five minutes to the cathedral.

A marvellous idea and an excellent brunch! The place was packed yet the service quick and smooth. The food was served to the table and the coffee and breads were on self-service. The restaurant was packed with couples in different ages, families with small, teenage and older children, groups of girlfriends even though it was only 11:30.

The first plate was a mix of sweet and savoury – organic salami and goat cheese, a croissant with jam and fresh fruit. All that with freshly squeezed orange juice and organic Yirgacheffe coffee from The second plate was the Mexican one – Mexican omelette with Oaxaca cheese and refried beans; lime pepinos, carrot salsa, guacamole and achiota totopos, freshly made sausage and cherry tomatoes, whipped coconut cream and water melon. The afters or the third plate, if you like, was a home-made rhubarb pie or cheese cake.

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So delicious and tasty! Can’t remember when I last ate this much at lunch time and took the time to enjoy a long lunch. This is a place we definitely will take some friends when they come and visit us.

Check out what else Zum Beispiel has to offer at http://zum.fi/deli/
and in case you’ve not visited Porvoo, have a peak at http://www.visitporvoo.fi/en

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