A Little Taste of Home

Nick and I are very big fans of Mexican food, specifically, Tex Mex since Houston is the Tex Mex capital of the world (in my eyes anyways).  Upon moving to Taiwan we quickly started missing this comforting and delicious food (like within two weeks), so we decided we would try our hand at making our own tortillas.  I thought this would be a daunting task, but it turns out to be very easy to make!  After telling our friends at work, we decided to invite them over for Flautas!  One guy couldn’t make it to our planned event because he was going to be out of town, so we decided to have him over yesterday!  He was very excited and wanted to see the whole process.  When he got here, we set him to work mixing the batter for tortillas, but he was most excited about the smashing part!

Smashing the tortillas

Cooking the tortillas

The final, delicious product!

We all enjoyed getting to cook together!  As Nick is fond of saying, many hands make light work. 🙂  The Flautas ended up being delicious, as was the Mexican rice Nick made!  Sam surprised us at the end with some snacks from Penghu.  The first was a bag of mini crabs that had been preserved and seasoned some how, and the other was candied scallops.  We didn’t really care for these snacks, but they were definitely fun to eat.  It took me about 5 minutes to chew the scallop candy.  I finally just had to swallow it like a pill, but it tasted okay. 🙂  He also brought us brown sugar cake, which is a specialty that can only be found in Penghu.  We like brown sugar cake 🙂

The crabs

The candied scallops

Brown Sugar Cake!



In case you are interested, here is our recipe for Tortillas.

3 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup warm water

1. In a large bowl, mix the flour and salt
2. add in the vegetable oil and water
3. Mix until it is a big ball
4.  take small balls of dough and smash each flat.  We put the dough balls between two plastic bags so the dough doesn’t stick to our hands or the surface.
5. Cook individual tortillas on a flat pan until both sides have brown spots (they’ll look like tortillas).
6. Enjoy!

They are really easy to make!  If you are interested in making Flautas, be prepared for a little bit of work, but it’s totally worth it.

1. fry each tortilla in veg. oil until it puffs up some (a few seconds per side)
2. Stuff each tortilla with a mixture of baked chicken, bell peppers, onions, cumin, garlic salt, salt, pepper, or whatever else you fancy, and of course cheese!
3.  Put each stuffed tortilla on the grill (or skillet) until it has browned on both sides.  The melted cheese should help hold it closed.
4. Enjoy!  They are great dipped in sour cream or guacamole!

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8 thoughts on “A Little Taste of Home

  1. “Many hands make light work.” I believe I have heard that before ; ) Really enjoyed skyping today. Looking forward to seeing you in just a couple weeks!

  2. Gina Johnson

    YUM! Scallop candy! Oh…I meant Ummm, Scallop candy. But Brown sugar cake! YUM!

  3. Rebecca Bennett

    Ok, so…. are they reeeally mini crabs? And, is the shell still on them? Or is it a snack that is crab flavored? (like the little cracker snacks).

  4. Rebecca Bennett

    I’m not sure if I could live without Mexican food 😦 It’s my favorite too. Though, your tortillas look MA’VULOUS! And not having an oven seems like it would be very hard to get used to… No baking? 😦

  5. You are just a little off in your “Tex-Mex”, Liv…what y’all made are quesadillas. For flautas, roll up the fillings in an uncooked tortilla and deep fry or pan-fry them until slightly crispy…but kudos to both of you for keeping the Texas spirit!

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