Today is Cinco de Mayo – Spanish for the fifth of May. It is a day widely celebrated in Mexico and the USA as a day of celebration for Mexican heritage and pride and to commemorate a day of freedom and democracy during the first years of the civil war.
As my dad is now an American citizen and I have spent a lot of time in California, I feel a certain affiliation for Cinco de Mayo as it’s always a great time of celebration, PLUS, Mexican food is my absolute favourite food to eat - Vegetarian Fajitas are a weekly tradition in our house, closely followed by nachos, quesadillas, burritos and all things Mexican.
Mexican food over here doesn’t compare to Mexican food in the Americas. I personally don’t rate Chiquitos, but I used to frequently visit Chiljis in Hatfield, which served good food until it closed down . So if anyone knows of an amazing Mexican restaurant please let me know!!!
I am under the impression that once you have sampled great Mexican food, the dishes served in England don’t compare. My mouth salivates every time I think of sitting in the Californian sun, sipping a cold, fresh margarita and eating a vegetarian quesadilla made with jack cheese and served with freshly made Pico de Gallo, guacamole and sour cream – Heaven.
For now though (or at least until the youngest is old enough to handle a twelve hour plane ride), to pay homage to the humble Quesadilla, here is my home-made vegetarian version of Quesadillas.
To make 4 Quesadillas:
1 Red pepper
1 Green Pepper
150g Cheeses – whatever you like – cheddar, red Leicester, Edam, jack – whatever you have
Refried Beans (Optional – we love them, the kids hate them!)
1) Peel, deseed and finely chop the onions and peppers
2) Grate the cheeses into a bowl
3) Add the vegetables and mix together in the bowl
4) Take 2 tortillas for each quesadilla and spread a thin layer of the refried beans (if using) on each. (Alternatively, you could fill half the tortilla and fold it over rather than using 2 tortillas for each).
5) Split the mixed cheese and vegetable mixture between the 4 quesadillas, using it to sandwich the tortillas together
6) Place the quesadilla in a dry, non stick frying pan and fry for about a minute and a half each side until the inside is warm and the cheese is melted, but the outside is still crispy
7) Serve with Sour Cream, Guacamole, Salsa and maybe even a Margarita or two!