Today I got thinking. I wish I had the two dollars to go but a bag of tortillas shell's. But wait, how hard is it to make my own?
I'm 30 years old yet I've grown up in a world of convenience. Nearly everything you could need can be bought at a local store. My mom didn't even make her own bread until later on when we could afford a counter top bread making machine. I don't blame my parents, as our society moved forward from men working and women at home to both parents working and kids often in daycare or with sitters. Convenience became a necessity to get us through the day. No one was home to fold and kneed and bake that loaf of bread. Basic skills were forgotten or simply no longer utilized.
I have a very fortunate position of being a stay at home mom. But due to convenience I often find myself running to the market for a single two dollar item. At times I haven't had the spare two dollars we have typically changed an entire dinner plan to fit what we had available. Rarely have we considered the flour, sugar, oils, eggs and spices as the making of a delicious dinner. Raw basics, that with a little time can make a host of things that we run to the grocers for.
Today's world offers far more natural and organic options then it did 10 years ago. And in an honest though moderate attempt to clean our house of additives and preservatives we do often pay more for something that says organic. Though other time convenience wins out and we but non organic options.
So what do you do when you have most basic raw ingredients in your house but not the 2 dollars to buy a convenient food option like tortilla shells? In the past I've looked for other ideas but more recently I've taken a step back to rediscover my abilities to create the meals I want with what I already have. In the past year I have found many things I could make at home that we normally run to the stores for. Pickles was a more recent attempt. As well as barbeque sauce. I havent even exposed my own kids to a cake from scratch which I haven't made in probably 20 years myself. Cornbread, pasta suace, just to name a few more. had this world of convenience crippled me so much that I no longer knew the purpose of flour beyond a batch of cookies?
I was set on tortillas and though I will still need to find a few dollars for cheese I decided I would make my own tortillas if possible. After looking up some recipes and finding that I had both the ingredients and the time to attempt such a feat I started gathering my ingredients. My 2 year old on a chiar beside me dumping flour as a measured. I began to think, "was my inability to use threes basic ingredients hurting my kids too?" I admit it's probably not hurting them, but it is preventing then from leaning a very basic skill, to create a meal for what is available. Ok yes my oldest is only 6 he has time to learn. But most of thier meals start with something pre mixed, already made, ready to eat, or just add. Even the idea of peeling an orange is a daunting task to a child that is use to individually wrapped snacks.
This was the recipe I decided to try. http://thecafesucrefarine.com/2013/08/best-ever-homemade-flour-tortillas/
3 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup warm water
Of course the instructions are in the link abovementioned. I had to substitute 1 1/2 cup wheat flour as I ran out of white. The kids and I measured, mixed, divided and rolled the dough. Then I cooked them. We made 12 (instead of the recommended 16) shells 2 of which immediately became chesse quesadas. They were delicious.
Once again I am proud of abilities over convenience, that is obviously minus the convenience of the internet. But still, tonight's dinner will be tacos on homemade tortilla shells forged with ingredients already available rather then a dinner from pre made heat and serve meals.