Happy Mothers Day to all of the mothers reading this blog. I wanted to share a story about my mothers day, and one of the Zero Waste challenges that I faced while hosting this year’s celebrations with my family.
I had already gotten my mother a gift (check out “5 Zero Waste/Low Impact Mothers Day Gifts” to find out what I got her), so the first thing on my list was what to make for lunch. My mother requested hard shell tacos and immediately I ran into an issue – they only come in plastic packaging.
I knew I had to make them, and every recipe I could find online had ingredients in them that I didn’t already have – so I improvised. I had made tortillas before, so I decided to try and make those into tacos my baking them – and they actually worked – so I wanted to share that with you!
The recipe for the tortillas comes courtesy of a youtube video I found ages ago, but I have changed a couple of things, and also, I baked them into hard shell tacos!
– 2 cups of wholegrain/wholemeal flour
– 1 Teaspoon of salt
– 2 Tablespoons of olive oil
– 1 Cup of milk
– 2 teaspoons of baking soda
- Basically, mix it all together. There is no special order to put the ingredients in, but I would probably recommend the dry ingredients first, followed by the wet ingredients.
- Let it sit for 30 minutes, or 15 if you are in a hurry, it just seems to roll better if you leave it to sit for as much of the 30 minutes as you can.
- Break it up into 12 balls. I’ve done 8 or 10 for the tortilla, but the tacos need to be thin.
- Roll the balls out until they are almost translucent, and only a couple of millimeters thick. (A rolling pin or a can of tinned tomatoes will do the trick)
- Get a skillet or a frying pan and put it on high. DO NOT add any oil or water to the pan.
- Put the wrap into the pan. When it is bubbling on top, it is ready to turn, but on average it’s about 30 seconds to a minute.
- Cook the wrap on the other side for about 30 seconds.
- Pull it out of the pan (use utensils, don’t burn your fingers like I did) and place them in the oven, over 2 runs of the oven rack.
- Bake on high at 200 degrees Celsius until golden brown, or until they look like a taco.
- Cool and Enjoy
Here is a picture of how mine turned out, they definitely looked better as I had more practice. The best part of this? I sent the leftovers home with mum, which just made her day even better!
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