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December 10, 2015

Beef and Bean Enchiladas

I’m not usually into making ‘dinner kits’ because it means that there’s less room for creativity when cooking, but I was quite excited when I received the Mission Burrito Kit in my box of Mission products a couple of months ago since burritos are something I don’t make very often at home.

But of course I didn’t want to make them as per the instructions on the box (that would be boring!) so I made them into enchiladas by covering them in sauce and cheese.

I’m quite a fan of the packaged taco/burrito seasonings- they give that unique mexican taste without me havingto buy the multiple spices that I don’t usually use in my cooking. I’ve added a bit of everything to this recipe, but feel free to tweak it to your tastes. The enchilada sauce further adds plenty of flavour to the dish and I only made half the recipe thinking it was too much but I’d definitely make the whole recipe next time.

Served with guacamole and salsa, this dish is definitely a winner in my family (who aren’t even normally much of a fan of Mexican!).

Beef and Bean Enchiladas
Makes 8
Recipe adapted from Mission Foods, sauce from here

For the Filling:
1T Olive Oil
⅓ cup Green Onion chopped
500g lean beef mince
1 can 4 bean mix
1/2 cup Long Grain White Rice, cooked
1 cup corn
1 large tomato, chopped
3T tomato paste
1 pkg. (1 oz) Taco Spices and Seasonings
½ cup Water

Heat olive oil in a non-stick, medium size sauté pan over medium-high heat; on the stove top. Place onions and heat until softened. Add minced beef beef into pan and brown (approximately 5 minutes); then drain. Place drained cooked beef and onion mixture back into the non-stick sauté pan, add the remaining ingredients. Continue to cook until water is gone and beef is thoroughly mixed with seasoning.

For the Sauce:
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp chili powder
2 cups water (I used beef stock)
1/3 cup tomato paste
½ tsp cumin
½ tsp garlic powder
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
¾ tsp salt

Add the vegetable oil, flour, and chili powder to a medium pot. Turn the heat on to medium and whisk the ingredients together. Continue to whisk as the mixture begins to bubble. Whisk and cook the mixture for one minute once it begins bubbling.
After one minute, whisk in the water, tomato paste, cumin, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper until smooth. Allow the sauce to come up to a simmer. Once it reaches a simmer it will begin to thicken slightly.
Starting with a ½ teaspoon, add salt to taste. I used about ¾ teaspoon total. The sauce is now ready to use!

8 Burrito Size Flour Tortillas warmed
3/4 cup grated cheese (I used mixed cheddar + mozzerella)

Place 1 tortilla on a clean work surface. Top with one-eighth of the beef and bean filling mixture. Roll up to enclose filling. Place in an ovenproof dish. Repeat with the remaining tortillas and beef mixture. Pour over enchilada sauce and top with cheese. Bake for 20 minutes or until the cheese melts and filling is heated through.
Serve with guacamole and tomato salsa

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October 1, 2015

Mission Foods Chia and Red Quinoa Wraps

Long days at placement now mean lots and lots of packed lunches so I was very happy when Nuffnang and Mission Foods were kind enough to send me a box of their products for me to sample!

Mission Foods have recently launched some Chia and Red Quinoa Wraps which are another option for those who are more health conscious. I don’t usually do much of these product review things, but I had been looking up the nutritional properties of chia and quinoa for some patients during placement, so I thought it’d be perfect to try these myself! Read more

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May 11, 2015

Spanish Chicken Hotpot

It’s probably because I’m Asian, but hotpot to me means those winter meals where we boil a pot of flavoured soup and cook our own food in the pot in the middle of the table.

Well apparently this isn’t the only meaning, since the label on the sauce base mentioned ‘Spanish Chicken HotPot’ but showed a picture much more like a stew than my definition of hotpot (I didn’t choose it myself, it came in my Easter Show Showbag!). So when I mentioned to my family that I was cooking a Spanish chicken hotpot for lunch, all I got was plenty of confusion and unfortunately not much anticipation (infact, they were all expecting some kind of cooking failure).

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April 16, 2015

Quick Creamy Pesto Pasta

You always find the good recipes at the weirdest of times, when you’re least expecting it, and most recently for me, this was when I whipped up a quick pasta some 10 minutes before I rushed off to work.

I’ve made plenty of pastas before, and have gone through plenty of pasta recipes which I’ve closely followed and planned ahead but none have quite been quite as good as this one which I threw together in hopes of bringing something edible for my work lunch. Sometimes you can get more than you wish for!

Pasta 3

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January 27, 2015

Pulled Pork, Two Ways

Thought I’d start the new year with something exciting, but I haven’t actually made anything exciting lately so I’m posting these lazy pulled pork recipes instead to reflect my laziness as of late.

You can probably tell from the fact that my first post of 2015 comes a whole 27 days into the new year (:


January is usually my laziest month of the year, especially having just come back from holidays a couple of weeks back and being plunged back into normal life. Thank goodness it’s still holidays!
Pulled pork is something I’ve always wanted to make, but given the time it takes to cooked pulled pork, I’ve shyed away from it (slow cooking isn’t really my thing). Read more