Monday, November 19, 2012

NaBloPoMo Day 19: A Mexican Fiesta!

Do you ever find that when you read life style blogs you get hit with a sense of overwhelming jealousy! Why does she have so much time to look cute? Make delicious food? Take fantastic photos of said food? Why does her house look immaculate and my counters are covered with pumpkin seeds?

Well, you will not have to ask those questions when you read my blog. I'm keeping it real tonight.

See a few weekends ago, I went to The Climate's where Mrs Climate happened to have saved about 15 cooking magazines for me. Well, I was a bit in heaven and spent a good several hours pouring over them and ripping out recipes and tonight I made one.

I made "Smoky black bean and pumpkin wraps with avocado salsa" with some add ons and recipe mix ups of course! (Did I tell you about the time at Dessert Day where I added 2 cups of sugar because my brain just assumed 200 grams of sugar was the same as 2 cups? Not the same, friends, not the same).

Anyway, as is par for the course when I take photos of my cooking, I never actually do that great of a job! This is some of the salsa: coriander, red onion, tomato, and two lovely avocados waiting to go into my belly.

Home made corn tortillas! Delicious.

Some lovely chopped cabbage. Don't mind if I do!

Another tortilla cooking? Delightful!

Black bean burger-y things that look shockingly like meat? Tasty!

Definitely important to take off some of that oil.

Yeah, I'll take some of all of that, plus some grated cheese, PLUS some roasted potato on the side a dollop of Greek yogurt! Yeah, it was good people.

So what will you need to recreate this masterpiece?

400 g pumpkin - peeled and diced.
2 cans of black beans, drained and rinsed
2 green onions (or some normal onions very finely diced, if you're like me and just can't be bothered)
1/4 cup coriander
finely grated zest of a lime
2 garlic cloves
1/4 cup almond meal
1 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp paprika
a pinch or three of cayenne

Salad greens or cabbage
Greek yogurt

For the salsa:

1/2 bunch of coriander
tomatoes chopped
1/2 small red onion finely sliced
2 avocados diced
juice of a lime.

Step 1.
Realise the recipe calls for steaming your pumpkin and you don't have a steamer. Don't panic and use a wee bit of water and just dump the pumpkin in. Take it out when it can be easily stabbed with a fork. Drain well and let it cool.

Step 2.
Meanwhile, drain and rinse your black beans and then pulse a few times in your food processor. You don't want them to be smooth apparently. But I say, do whatever makes you happy.

Step 3.
In a large bowl, add the beans, pumpkin, onion, herbs, lime zest, garlic (super finely diced), almond meal, paprika, cumin, chilli and mix to combine. Form into 12 patties (mine only formed 9 patties, but maybe I'm just a pig?) and refrigerate for 15 minutes.

Step 4.
Heat a pan until it's medium-high hot and add some oil, fry for 4-5 minutes on each side. Be gentle while flipping the patties will remain soft (that's what she said?)

Step 5.
Either heat up your store bought tortillas or make your own. And combine all the ingredients in a bowl to form your salsa.

Step 6.
Chop up your cabbage and roast some potatoes.

Step 7.
Assemble. My preferred method is to put the tortillas down first (that went with out saying no?), then the bean patties, then a sprinkle or 5 of cheese. Next comes the cabbage and then the salsa. Finish with a dab of Greek yogurt and have your taters on the side.

Step 8.
Stuff your face.

This is number 18 on my life list! I'm trying to make and blog about 100 new recipes! 


  1. Well, that sounds like a darned tasty meal. And I'm glad I'm not the only one who feels inadequate when I'm reading lifestyle blogs!

  2. I actually prefer the more down to earth blogs. I guess I'm more interested in the life part than in the style part :)

  3. That DOES look great...Can't wait for the last step! :-)

  4. HA! Yeah, you don't have to worry about perfection with me, either. Perhaps that why I'm with Petra! :)

    And that looks so tasty! I might have to give it a try . . .

  5. It's like this post spoke directly to me haha. I always wonder how people have time to make crafts, cook, look cute, and go to work. Oh, and clean. My counters are awful right now.

    This looks delicious though! It makes me want to go out and try the recipe...right after I clean off those countertops :)

  6. You are so inspirational! Man, I wish I could get motivated enough to make something that labor intensive, but I fear that is just not in my makeup. Sigh.

  7. Did you really mean 1/4 CUP coriander?!?! Aside from the onions (which I hate, hate, HATE) it looks delish!!

  8. Looks lovely. Wow, about those corn tortillas. I could never make those happen. There is a chef nearby with his food truck..that I so love his I'm happy he's here.

    Basically, I'm the 20 minute cook.

  9. @Me - that's fresh coriander, cilantro if you will :)

  10. I'll have to try this. Can you share the recipe for the tortilla?

  11. This looks so good! I'm horrible at taking in-process cooking pictures. I don't know how people do that neatly! My counters are too much of a disaster for that!

  12. This would be delicious with sweet potato, too!

  13. This looks absolutely delicious, and I think that your pics of the food is great :) I'll definitely have to try it as I'm just now REALLY getting into cooking. I use Pinterest all the time for recipe ideas! Thanks for this great recipe!


  14. Mmmmmmmmm...delish! I wanna! And crafts-schmafts, perfect-schmerfect...that's overrated, methinks. :-)

  15. I'd love to know how you made your corn tortillas. It's hard to make them authentically when you don't have the same ingredients (since I live in SA).