Thursday, May 5, 2011

Family Cooking (I) Mexican style

Recipes Mexican style

I want to start a family favourite recipes collection. My marriage to Tarn was a delight as far as food goes. And this is way to honour her memory and recipes! Our cholesterol count was great. One time her's was higher which was hilarious, because Oil Rig food is not supposed to be that healthy! I welcome a contribution, as the first post will be recipes that have stirred me the last fortnight and share, inspired by three people.

In the mid 80's, Tarn and I were living next door to King's Park on Park Ave in Crawley, Western Australia. For a birthday, we went to a local Mexican restaurant and she persuaded me to try an avocado dip. I was not that into hot stuff or avocado, but the dip blew me away. Tarn said she had the recipe back at the flat. Great!

The last few years the larger clan has had Easter Gatherings, and one of my many cousins has supplied a great dip that is to be known as Chrissie's Awesome Dip.

The Downunder Cajun posted a great sounding recipe this week, Tacos, done in a slow cooking style.
Sounded scrumptious, but I did not have a slow cooking pot
...  But! Aldi had a special on them this week. Coincidence? Thirty bucks was cheap, I know, but the few things purchased there that have failed, failed to foil me from buying the cooker after reading The Cajuns Post.View Blog

"Tarn's Guacamole"
or mine, really

  • Avocado, ripe or nearly
  • Spring onion or small onion or red onion
  • medium to large tomatoe
  • 200 gm [light] sour cream
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons Lemon juice, or Lime! Or squeeze the lot in!
  • dash Tobasco sauce
  • Dash Sweet Chilli Sauce or chilli powder to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground Cumin or more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt or more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper or more to taste

  1. Mash avocado roughly, keeping the seed to put in after mixing all up to help keep longer,
  2. Dice up the tomato and onion and mix in with the avocado,
  3. Mix in the juice- not only tasty but keeps it from going brown too quick,
  4. Stir in the sour cream,
  5. Mix in the seasoners- and keep tasting to get the hotness required,
  6. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for a little while before serving.
Serve up with corn chips- any flavour!
Amazed, The D.Cajun's so similar.

Chrissie's Awesome Dip
From Christine Ford9:30am May 5th
Subject: Dip recipe
"Here's the awesome recipe...
1 can tin tomatoes
1 can red kidney beans
1 jar taco sauce (mild)
2 teaspoons (or to taste) smoked paprika
1 diced onion
1 cup grated cheese

Brown the onion, then add other ingredients (except cheese), mix and heat through, then blend with a bamix/blender till smooth. Add in one cup grated cheese and stir through. Best served warm. 
VOILA! Enjoy!"

We did Chris, we did! Thanks for letting me put it up cuz.
Eat with toasted whole grain bread, corn chips.

Slow Cooker Tacos
with appreciation and thanks to The D. Cajun, with paraphrasing thrown in,

  1. chuck roast 
  2. onion, 
  3. taco shells, 
  4. taco seasoning [Old El Paso taco kit which contains both the shells and taco seasoning]
  5. 1/2 cup water or beef stock- adds a nice flavor. 
  6. a slow cooker.

  1. dice up the onion and put it in the bottom of your slow cooker.
  2. place roast on top of the onions, stock or water over it all.
  3. pour in packet of taco seasoning blend.  
  4. put the lid on, turn it to low, and go about your day. 
  5. The taco meat needs at least 8 hours on low in the slow cooker.
About 20 minutes before you are ready to eat, prepare your prepare the taco toppings and the taco shells or tortillas.

To finish off your taco meat, carefully removed the chuck roast from the slow cooker.  It will literally be falling apart.  Use 2 forks to shed the meat.  Then, stir the meat together with the remaining pan juices.

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful Idea Tone!!! Emmy and Charlotte will love this when they finally leave the nest. I still have a Womans Weekly cookbook mum gave me, with a signed msg in the front from her when i left home.

    I also have Tarnia's chicken noodle soup recipie, her beef casserole one and her quiche all in her handwriting...very precious to me now!

    You'll have to add mum or nanna burns's chow mein to the list...and of course you famous guoc! yum!

    Its the little things like this that in the future, when we are no longer around our kids will cherish. U do such a fabulous job dad...hope you are recognized on mothers day!

    love you all