Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Quesadilla: Sprouted Grain Tortilla and other stuff



Let us tell you a story...

[ts]
A while back, JS sauteed some canned black beans and canned corn together. After a quick taste, she decided that eating it as is was not to be.

[js]
I like black beans and somehow have this idea in my head that I can make a pretty mean dish of black beans.

However, reality does not seem to want to cooperate with me and I end up with a bland-tasting black bean dish. I thought it was a simple open-and-dump operation: Open can, dump into a pan. It wasn't as simple as that. I tasted the beans and they weren't all they could be.

So if someone wants to tell me what to do with canned beans, I'm all ears.

Pardon the pun, but the blandness of the beans by themselves was what led me to add a can of corn niblets to the pan. But alas! What a mistake, because the corn niblets also tasted nothing like corn, at least the corn on the cob I want.

My vision of great black beans, something creamy and black-beany-rich, was turning into a disaster.

[ts]
We happened to have these sprouted grain tortillas in the freezer and decided to make quesadillas.

[js]
You know, these sprouted grain tortillas can also be quite bland and taste like cardboard.


[ts]
We have three not-so-good ingredients and left in their present condition, they were doomed to remain untouched and head straight into the garbage.

How to remedy this situation?

[js]
I think at this point we decided to go for broke.

[ts]
It was time for a let's-clean-out-the-fridge-and-finish-up-some-of-these-things dish.

[js]
We'll just have to see whether we end up with something edible or not.

[ts]
On the tortillas went the black beans and corn, leftover cumin cauliflower slaw, bocconcini (from making our "Caprese" twist on ravioli) and our salsa verde. S&p too, of course.



[ts]
Surprise, surprise, the gamble worked. These "leftover" quesadillas turned out well!

[js]
In fact, the quesadillas got better and better the more you ate them.

They had a slight crunch from the cauliflower slaw, a cumin burst of flavour highlighted by the black beans and the corn, some tang from the dressing of the slaw and the salsa verde, creamy rich-black-beany flavour boosted by the gooey cheese and the earthy sprouted grain tortillas.

It was like every ingredient pitched in to support each other, working as a team.

Cool, huh?

20 comments:

  1. wow! starting with 3 bland things...and you got a quesadilla bursting with flavors! hehehe well done!

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  2. It looks like cardboard though I don't know much abt how it tastes. On second looks, the stack of grain tortilla...they resemble dried cuttlefish! Sorrreee....my imagination just gone wild!

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  3. i have never tried this type of quesadilla yet.;sounds yummy!! well the truth is i never made a quesadilla before.;would you believe that?? LOL

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  4. First mistake, canned black beans :-p The best black beans are the ones you cook yourself, trust me :D Have you tried epazote and Mexican cream to give them some (a lot of) flavor? Hmm I want some now :-p

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  5. This is great! Glad it all worked out to such a fantastic end result!

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  6. Dinner turned out pretty good after all, way to go! I am a fan of making homemade beans using dried to start. Full of flavor and you can pop them in a crockpot if you don't want to be bothered.

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  7. Don't you just love it when things turn out like that & you get t clean out the fridge!

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  8. Ohhhh...those quesadilla's look incredible. Isn't it sad that you will never be able to recreate these exactly the same ever again? But at least you have a cleaned out fridge now!

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  9. Sounds like a great recovery from things not going according to plan. The end result sure sounds tasty

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  10. it's so pretty--i hate boring quesadillas, and this is anything but! the fact that you have such awesome leftovers makes me think we have similar tastes--i've got most of that stuff sitting in my own fridge right now! perhaps my own let's-clean-out-the-fridge-and-finish-up-some-of-these-things dish is in order. :)

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  11. Yummy! I have quesadillas planned for this week too.

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  12. Love the post! Your end product is amazing, of course. Black beans (if you can't make your own...) around here are "helped" with chopped fresh jalapeno, any kind of onion, chopped cilantro, and cheese. Lots of it. Cheapest meal around.

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  13. I 'love clean out the fridge' meals. Sometimes your best creations comes from that. I love your quesadillas!

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  14. The Quesadillas look wonderful. If you ever want to make black beans, I'd be honored if you would try my Roasted Poblano Black Beans .

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  15. It's a lot of fun when experiments work... Especially foods that use meh ingredients that combine to make something good.

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  16. These comments are just convincing me to make these again! Teehee. =D

    tigerfish:
    Those tortillas were a little bit cardboard-y on their own. The filling made them better-slsh-tolerable.

    Haha, well, we compared DRIED PORCINIS to dried cuttlefish before, in terms of smell.

    ben:
    Haha, for sure, for sure, re canned black beans. =D And hey, I don't think we've had/makde beans that had cream. We have dried epazote, and will have to use your site to research Mexican cream!

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  17. i would not have thrown that quesadilla out of bed...

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  18. You guys come up with the most interesting combinations! This looks good AND healthy!

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  19. That quesadilla looks like it is stuffed full of goodness.

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