Friday, November 21, 2014

Quesadillas – hot as a temper tantrum, cheesy as furry dice

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One of my in-laws often transports horses and is used to dealing with shockingly impatient road behaviour and aggression as she carts her vulnerable cargo around. Over the years, she has developed a weapon which she fires at the offending driver. It envelopes them and their vehicle in a cloud of bright pink fluff, rendering them as harmless as a giant marshmallow. This all happens in her imagination but it makes her feel much better and allows her to continue on her way calmly and serenely.
I should have thought of that when a bloke in a beat up land rover approached at speed in a 30km zone and glued himself to my tail. There was so little room between our vehicles that I could practically count the spots on his furry dice. He started a hooting and a hollering and a shaking his fist.
Was there bright pink fluff? Was there calmness and serenity? Nope, I raised a very unladylike middle finger. For some strange reason that did nothing to calm him whatsoever! Though we were soon on a dual carriageway, where he could easily overtake, he stayed with me for miles, red as a beetroot (with embarrassment no doubt), bellowing out the window (what I can only assume were profuse apologies).
I had quesadillas for lunch. They were as cheesy as furry dice, laced with chilli as fiery as a temper tantrum, with a few other bits and pieces thrown like insults into the mix. I felt much better after demolishing two.
For each quesadilla, you will need…
1 corn tortilla
35g cheese – I used half mature cheddar, half mozzarella, grated
approximately 1 heaped tablespoon of filling, prepared before you start cooking.
Today’s filling was …
a little finely chopped spring onion
very finely sliced red pepper
finely sliced mushrooms
½ teaspoon of red chilli
You are only ever 5 minutes away from cheesy deliciousness.

Heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat. When the pan is hot add the tortilla and heat it through by giving it about 10 seconds, then flipping it. Do this three more times (so, 40 seconds in total).
Now scatter the filling over half the tortilla, leaving a margin of about 1cm at the edge. Cover the filling with the cheese and fold the unfilled side over to make a half moon. Cook for about 2 minutes or until golden brown, patting gently with a spatula so that both sides of the quesadilla stick together as the cheese melts. Gently turn the quesadilla and continue cooking until the second side is golden brown. Remove from the pan, cut into wedges and serve immediately. I like sour cream or guacamole with mine.
Other favourites are:
  • smoked salmon, dill, capers and cheddar
  • bacon (pre-cooked), camembert and mozzarella
  • chilli con carne, cheddar and mozzarella, and pickled jalapeños
  • prosciutto, fresh basil (or basil pesto), and mozzarella. 
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  1. I have had one road rager do that to me when I refused to go above the speed limit in a school zone. He followed me all the way home and I was really worried. I phoned the police before I got out of my car when I saw him behind me. He was standing there swearing at me when the cops arrived.

    I NEEDED two quesadillas after that. :)

    1. Good for you, Maureen. It's amazing just how common incidents like this are.

  2. Woah road ragers are so annoying! One followed me home from a party once so I kept driving around while my fuel tank was close to empty! Aaah!
    Hope you ate tons of quesadillas after this :D

    Choc Chip Uru

    1. Aaaah! indeed. Good thinking not to drive home.

  3. Is it a bless that I can't drive? LOL...Your quesadillas look comforting and delicious.

  4. Hester @ Alchemy in the KitchenNovember 22, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    Maybe public transport is safer Angie!

  5. Oh I do love a good quesadilla.

  6. I giggled at the thought of all those profuse apologies…the is too funny. I would happily sharing one of those quesadillas.

  7. Wow - I've had a few encounters with crazy drivers, and believe it or not, they've been women. Still, all I can think is how unhappy these people must in general, and their only outlet is to harass people on the road. I'm so glad you had these delicious quesadillas to calm your nerves.

  8. Dear Hester, you certainly have a way with words...despite the serious undertone of your writing, you had me smiling...I just love the way you "compose" your posts...

    And I hope that you found a lot of comfort munching on these lovely quesadillas - my kids kepp bugging me to make some - you inspired me to finally get going on this "cooking project".

    Thanks for a wonderful post with great pictures- I am just glad that all is well -

  9. Oh Hester...what a horrible man. I hate when people ride my makes me just want to jam on the brakes! The next time I'm a victim of road rage...I'm going to make these quesadillas. They look fabulous...the cheesier the better! : )

    p.s....glad you were ok!

  10. your description of these Quesadillas. Spicy goes down well with my family and we would live these.

  11. Quesadillas look scrumptious. I love the flavours and spices you have added in this. Great dish. :)


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