Monday, May 3, 2010

Saying Goodbye to the Southwest

In two weeks I'm moving from Arizona to Taipei, Taiwan.  I've left the southwest for short spurts before and I've always missed the culture (especially the food!) tremendously.  This time is going to be no different.  It's hard to imagine being able to find proper green chili and chipotles in Asia.  So I'm making as much of it as I can before the move.  Maybe it'll get me through the 8 months we're there.

Chicken Tostada with Avocado Cream and Sour Onions

I'm pretty new to making my own tortillas.  I'd been waiting to buy a tortilla press.  I guess it's just going to have to wait until next year.  It's easy even without the press though.  I just mixed 1/2 cup masa with 1/3 cup water and a little salt, rolled it out into balls and smashed it between the cutting board and the bottom of a pan.  A little thick and uneven but at least I got to eat fresh tortillas!

The rest was easy too - diced chicken, sauteed red onion and jalapeno with a little vinegar and cumin, showered it all with some cotija cheese and mache lettuce.  What more could a girl ask for?

Avocado Cream
8 oz sour cream
1 avocado
1/2 Tbsp Montreal seasoning (or mixture of salt, pepper, fennel, onion flake, garlic flake)

Smash the avocado up the way you would to make guacamole.  Add to the sour cream and mix together with the seasoning.  Great on almost everything!


Chef Dennis said...

sounds wonderful!! think of your time aways as a culinary adventure.....maybe you can learn to make rice tortillas~!!

Brenda said...

Yum! I am going to try your avocado cream... Nice post!

JustJoeP said...

why for art thou moving to Taiwan? Taipei is not a terrible place, but it's far more crowded, has much more smog, and is a world away.

The avocado cream sounds delicious. Be careful of "vegetable" that is sometimes called in Taiwan & China, wherein it's actually a tiny, concentrated, micro pepper, that'll numb 1/2 your mouth and throat if you bite into it, and if you are able to swallow it.

Do you speak Mandarin?

Nova Walsh: said...

@Chef Dennis - I will think of this trip as a culinary adventure! I'm very excited about all the new food I can enjoy :)

@Brenda - I hope you do try the avocado cream. Thanks for your message!

@JustJoeP - we are going to Taiwan for my husband's job. It certainly is a world away but we are liking it so far. I don't speak Mandarin yet but it's one of my goals while I'm here. I hope you keep reading the blog - I'll be posting a lot about the food from Taiwan!

Thanks for all the comments!