Today will always be remembered by us for a number of reasons:
1. It’s National Canday Day! In the world today, there are thousands gazillion different types of candy, all of which have their own unique taste and history. For almost everyone, candy such as lollipops, tootsie rolls and gummy bears are comfort food to be eaten anytime and everywhere. It makes all of us happy! We’re not very sure how National Candy Day is/should be celebrated, possibly by having a candy-eating contest of ingesting insane quantites of our favourite candy? (That’ll be exciting and interesting though :p) We’re open to any suggestions that involve eating absurb amounts of delicious candy!
“Candy isn’t just for kids, either. Americans over the age of 18 eat about 65% of all the candy produced each year. Candy is also a favorite treat worldwide. Though the average American eats 25 pounds of candy each year, the average person in Denmark eats 36 pounds annually!”
We'll never forget the fun times we had.
2. Today is also the day that we graduated from Secondary School! Its been a tough and challenging 4 years, but along the way we’ve made some incredible friends and shared some amazing experiences. We’ll never forget the people that we’ve met and the times that we spent together 🙂 Ok we’ll stop here before this becomes too emotional. (Sobz T.T)
3. We made our own tortillas! ^^ 🙂 😀 :p As Zara is currently doing a 14-day no-sugar challenge with our very dear friend Elaine, she has not been able to eat her beloved breads, tortillas or pita breads because almost all of them have some form of added sugar in them (why do they need sugar anyway?!), and finding the perfect one without any form of added sugar is just a hustle for us (yes we’re too lazy :p). Coincidentally, we came across DIY Homemade Flour Tortilla recipes on Annie’s Eats and Dishing the Divine which do not use sugar at all. And so being the adventurous and exciting kids that we are, we thought that it would be a perfect idea to try our hand in making out own tortillas! It’ll be our first time experience ever, and it’ll give Zara some enjoyment during this course of challenge!
Now you see why today has been such an important day for us?
DIY Homemade Flour Tortillas
Adapted from Dishing the Divine
Yield: 8 tortillas
1 1/2 cups flour
2 tbsp butter
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup very warm water
Add the flour and butter to a food processor and turn on. Combine the salt and water in a measuring cup and pour the water over the flour mixture. Process until the dough forms a ball and becomes very soft, about 10 seconds. The dough shouldn’t be very sticky, but if it is, add a tiny bit of flour to your hands so you can work with it. (We didn’t have a food processor so we mixed everything by hand! It turned out just fine.)
Pinch of a 2-inch ball of dough and roll it out on a floured surface so that the dough is nearly transparent. Having trouble getting the dough to roll out? Cover it and let it rest for 5 minutes and then try again! This allows the dough to relax so that it will not just snap back when you roll it out.
Heat a cast iron skillet on the stove over medium heat with a small pat of butter until the butter begins to sizzle. Drop the tortilla into the butter and cook until the top is bubbly, about 30-45 seconds. Flip the tortilla and cook for another 30-45 seconds or until golden on both sides. Remove from the pan.
Repeat with the remaining dough, working with two inch pieces. Eat these tortillas immediately! Store in an airtight bag in the refrigerator for up to 1 week, or freeze.
We really had lots of fun making these flour tortillas 🙂 Who doesn’t enjoy an opportunity to play with some dough and flour? And to relax and just smile and laugh…. The odd-shaped tortillas turned out nice and crisp, much to our surprise! We had been expecting the worst… (We should have more confidence in ourselves hahahaha!) However, the tortillas did need some more seasoning as we found them slightly too bland. A little bit more salt, and maybe some pepper won’t hurt either. Sure, store bought tortillas might taste well. But spending a little time by yourself, experimenting and improving your skills in the kitchen, and even trying this fun and easy recipe out with your family (family bonding time!) is definitely an extra necessary plus point! Also, you actually know what’s truly going into your tortillas, rather than those store bought tortillas whose ingredients list might or might not be true. So take some time of the hustle and bustle of your busy lives and take a break and try out this recipe! You’ll smile at the end of the day 🙂
Do look out for National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day, which is coming really soon! We love all these quirky National Food Days as it shows us just how innovative and creative people can be when coming up with the names of such days! 😀