I have been sick all week, sore throat and cough, so I can't really taste or smell much. As I can't taste the food, well... I've simply lost my appetite. And as I would rather spend as much time as possible in bed, I don't feel like cooking either.
But I still get hungry, nonetheless. So after work last night, with very little desire to cook and on an empty stomach (hardly ate all day), I wandered into the kitchen. There were some tortillas in the fridge. Some frozen black beans in the icebox. So all I had to do was to pop the beans into the microwave to defrost and make some fresh salsa.
Easy Fresh Tomato Salsa - serves two
two ripe tomatoes - chopped
one white onion - chopped
one purple onion - chopped
6 small pickled peppers or 1 jalapeno pepper - chopped
1 small garlic cloved - minced
juice from two lemons or limes
fresh or dried cilantro or parsley
salt to taste
jalapeno tabasco sauce, to taste.
mix all ingredients together, cover and let sit for a couple hours in the fridge. Goes well with tortillas and refried beans and can be used as a vinaigrette.
As both me and the Mister don't like cilantro, I used parsley instead. Actually this is more like Pico de Gallo than a simple Tomato Salsa. All you have to do is substitute the lime juice for apple or red wine vinegar and add a little more pepper.
After the refried beans and the salsa were ready, I heated up the tortillas in a frying pan without oil and melted a little gouda on them, since Nacho cheese is hard to find around here.
Cooked black beans with sauce
6 cloves garlic - minced
2 jalapeno peppers - chopped
bacon or sausage or other meat - chopped
half a can of beer - I will try some time with the dark variety
other spices to taste
Sauté the garlic, meat and peppers till golden. Add the beans, and mash well. Add the beer and let simmer for a while in low heat. Serve when thick.
Served the beans and the salsa in the tortillas. The Mister said the beans were better after they cooled because the texture was thicker, but he approved of the mexican-style quick supper I threw together. And so did I.
After returning from the dentist and the farmers market this morning (where I got the loveliest pearl tomatoes) I decided to try out the new gadget me and the Mister picked up at our latest trip to the supermarket... A mini-cappuccino mixer. I like my coffee strong, with 0% fat milk and sweetener. And cold. Specially if its in my tumble-proof hello kitty cup. So this morning I had my coffee like this.
Aren't these little fellows cute?
Oh well, off to work. Spent all my time posting about food and didn't eat any. So I'll get something into my stomach when I get back.