It. Is. Hot.
I am going to have to change up my cooking game real soon. Not having air conditioning and trying to use a stove does not mix well when it’s 80 degrees outside. I’ve been trying to brainstorm non-heated dishes for the past week and so far I’ve come up with cold cucumber soup. Something tells me I can’t live on cold cucumber soup for an entire summer, though. Any ideas for me?
Mexican food is great. Why? Because it’s basically all the same thing. Just presented differently. This week I decided to (sort of) make this recipe for fajitas. I thought it was interesting that she uses eggplant instead of tortillas and wanted to give it a shot.
First I had to make my own taco seasoning and taco sauce…which actually was ridiculously easy to do. Have you ever wanted tacos but didn’t make them because you had no taco seasoning? Good news, you probably already have all the spices to make your own…I did! That was pretty cool.
I didn’t use the same ingredients as the ones in the recipe because I didn’t have them and I didn’t feel like going shopping. Instead I used spinach and green onion for the vegetables and ground beef instead of chicken.
Wait a minute, why no tortillas?
Grains, obviously. I don’t eat ’em. Usually. Wait a minute…what about corn tortillas? Bad news, guys. Corn isn’t a vegetable. It’s a grain. That vegetable side at restaurants of peas and corn? Falsely named. Sorry.
I mean, I eat corn occasionally…but if I’m going to eat a grain, it’s probably going to be in the form of something sweet. Or pizza.
Plus, corn is already in everything else in the entire world. I read in a book once…I think it may have been In Defense of Food…that if you studied our cells…we’re basically corn. Since we eat so much corn. You are what you eat, right?
Maybe you’re thinking, well…not me! I never eat corn. If you eat any processed food, ever…you’re eating corn. If you drink pop…you’re eating corn. It’s in everything.
Here is a list of ingredients that either are corn or are derived from corn: Ascorbic Acid, Baking Soda (corn starch), Caramel color, Cellulose, Citrate, Corn Starch, Corn Syrup, Decyl Glucoside, Dextrin, Maltodextrin, Dextrose, Ferrous Gluconate, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (HVP), Lactic Acid, Magnesium Stearate, Malic Acid, Malt, Maltose, Mannitol, Modified Food Starch, Monosodium Glutamate (MSG), Polydextrose, Polysorbates, Sodium Erythorbate, Sorbitol, Xanthan Gum, Xylitol and Zein.
That list doesn’t even include non-food ingredients. Plus, the food you eat…eats corn (cows, pigs, etc.) so…there’s that. Our government subsidizes corn crops so companies try to use it wherever they can. Next time you’re eating something look at the ingredients and see how many of them come from corn. It’s gross.
Anyway, Back to the Fajitas
I wish I had had regular onions because I didn’t really get the onion flavor but it was still good tasting. Just not very onion-y. Which is funny to write because I used to hate onions.
So, you’re supposed to roll up the meat in the eggplants like a normal fajita…but my mandolin wasn’t big enough to cut the eggplants so I couldn’t get them thin enough to actually roll them. I tried…it was not a pretty picture. Instead of rolling them into fajitas…I decided to just make a mexican casserole of sorts.
Unfortunately, my single eggplant wasn’t really enough but it’s okay…I didn’t care.
Once it came out of the oven I ate it with some avocado and cheese. It was pretty good, definitely fulfilled my craving for mexican food.
I’m trying to work on my pictures. I think the lack of natural light in my kitchen doesn’t really help too much, but I’ve got some ideas!
Anyway…that’s what I’m eating this week. What about you? Let me know in the comments!