Tortilla time!

9/20/10

On Sunday, our teeny weeny closet kitchen at Casa de Thompson was turned into a flour tortilla factory. 
I know Mom, it's butter-flavored. But that's all they have here! I'm surprised I even found vegetable shortening. We went to the grocery store a few weeks ago looking for this stuff. I asked one of the girls that worked there if they had any in stock because I couldn't find any in the store. She smiled and ran into the back room. Moments later, she emerged with the biggest can of butter-flavored Crisco. She giggled as she handed it me. I guess it's not a commonly requested item. 
Jeff had to keep converting measurements on his phone because the recipe was in ounces and our measuring spoons are in milliliters. 

We also used one of these that we picked up in Little India to flatten the tortillas. It was called a "chapati press." Tomato, tomaaato. We use it for making corn tortillas, too.

We made enough tortillas to get us through the week. They taste so good when you make them yourself. The butter-flavored vegetable shortening doesn't really seem to change the flavor of the tortillas, but I'd still like to make them with regular Crisco if I can find some.

We'll probably make more tortillas this weekend. At the grocery store on Sunday, I saw banana leaves. I'm going to try and make tamales using banana leaves instead of corn husks because they're cheaper and more readily accessible. They sell corn husks at the Mexican kiosk I wrote about earlier, but I'm going to try banana leaves first.

In case you want to try making flour tortillas yourself, the recipe is super easy. Use this one: 
P.S. if you need vegetable shortening and live in Singapore, email me. 
I've got more than enough and I'm willing to share my vat of it with you.

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11 comments:

  1. Mmmmm I remember when grandma would make tortillas and give me one with melted butter in it...

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  2. this is great! i was just kvetching to bookjunkie that there is no good Mexican food in this town. seems like we just need to head over to your place!!!

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  3. Before we moved overseas we lived in Berkeley. We ate at Picante's almost every week because of their fresh corn tortillas.

    I still long for fresh Californian tortillas.

    Your blog post made me VERY hungry.

    Good for you- for making your own. I should try again, (my first effort did not go so well). You aren't a chef by any chance Jeff, are you?

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  4. No, I'm not a chef, but living here has driven me to cook some of the creature comforts we're accustomed to from California.

    I never thought I couldn't live without tortillas until I didn't have them anymore..

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  5. hi!
    I just stumbled upon your sweet little blog and couldn't help but hit the follow button! I look forward to following your adventures in the future! xo, Kate

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  6. oh great!!! i have never tried making tortillas i always end up buying them already prepared!

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  7. fren look up a recipe for chicken mole tamales with banana leaves- those are the best! its mostly a oaxacan thing over here so they are a treat to find even here. love your blog!

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  8. oh great!!! i have never tried making tortillas i always end up buying them already prepared!

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  9. No, I'm not a chef, but living here has driven me to cook some of the creature comforts we're accustomed to from California.

    I never thought I couldn't live without tortillas until I didn't have them anymore..

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  10. this is great! i was just kvetching to bookjunkie that there is no good Mexican food in this town. seems like we just need to head over to your place!!!

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  11. Hey, i chanced upon your blog and it's a wonderful read!
    Regular Crisco & other things can be bought for cheap from "Phoon Huat", essentially a baker & beverage wholesale specialty store in sg. (www.phoonhuat.com for store locations;))

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