Sunday, 17 February 2013

Mexicamese Food

Hi Friends!
Sorry it's been awhile, I've been waiting for some supplies to get in (curse international shipping!)  So while we wait for some craft posts, I'm going to tell you about 2 awesome recipes I made this week, one Vietnamese and one Mexican...hence, Mexicamese food!  See what I did there?

First up, Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches.  My brother turned me on to banh mi a few years ago when he brought me to this hole-in-the-wall restaurant in Rochester, NY.  I mean, this place is the epitome of not judging a book by its cover because it was kinda icky on the outside but their sandwiches were so darn tasty.  Anyway, I've craved those delicious babies ever since and was so excited to find a healthier recipe online. It actually took me awhile to make these because my mom & I kept buying baguette and then eating it all before I could make them (note: this is not healthy).  Anyway, at the restaurant, they slather it in this creamy sauce that is delicious but I'm sure isn't calorie friendly.  If you mosey on over to Two Healthy Plates, you'll find this fantastic recipe.
Food blogging perfection at Two Healthy Plates

 You know what I've realized? I'm never going to be one of those food bloggers with amazingly perfect food pictures.  Mine always look messy and imperfect because I'm not all that great at photography and I don't know how to set up pics to look that nice.
 Sorry to bring back this meme, but Sweet Brown explains my thoughts on this perfectly:

Next up, oven baked tacos via Mommy I'm Hungry.  That cheese melted to perfection in the picture is what caught my attention and made me want to pull them out of my computer screen and devour them RIGHT THEN AND THERE.  I mean, look at those! Cue celestial music.
Magazine worthy, MIH
 The only thing I changed was using ground turkey instead of beef and going a bit lighter on the cheese.  I figured these were going to be loaded up with toppings (i.e. guac, tomatoes, and lettuce) anyway that I probably wouldn't notice less cheese. I'm a big believer in adding guacamole to any sort of Mexican "pocket" food (tacos, fajitas, burritos, etc.) and this time didn't disappoint.  The meat filling was ingenious - it's quite thick since you add refried beans, diced green chiles, and tomato sauce to the meat - and they were probably the best homemade tacos I've ever had.

Verdicts: Successes!