Spinach and Grilled Chicken Quesadilla

You’ll need;

2 Tortillas

Grilled Chicken torn into bits (I had some left over chicken,you can use any left over chicken you have in your fridge)

A few Spinach (frozen or fresh,if using fresh,blanch the leaves in hot water just to wilt it a bit)

1 cup Shredded Cabbage (blanched,it just makes it easier to eat)

1 small onion (sautéed)

3 tbsp Barbecue sauce

1 tsp Mustard

Cheese of choice (Mozzarella,if you’re like me)

Salt to taste

Black pepper to taste

Taco seasoning to taste(optional,I just like it)

1 tbsp Oil

 

Heat your grill pan or regular pan with 1 tbsp oil

Mix your barbecue sauce and mustard together and spread on the tortilla

 You can sauté your onions (or not),I used 2 small frozen portions of spinach,if using fresh,you can use 3-4 or more leaves(it’s all up to you).Cut the onions and spinach into bits.

Place one tortilla in hot pan,add your spinach

Cheese

Blanched Cabbage and season with salt and pepper.

Put your shredded chicken in the plate/bowl you mixes your sauces in and coat the chicken with whatever is left of the sauces(I have a phobia for waste)

Add the chicken to the deliciousness in the pan

Cover with more cheese

I must have run out of cheese to have used this little and apparently,I did not have mozzarella too.

Cover with the 2nd tortilla

 Turn and cook on the other side

a piece of my tortilla broke off,was still delicious

Let it rest a bit the cut into portions

I was cooking for one but you can make as many as you would need,just double,triple,anything-ple the recipe.

Enjoy!

 

 

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Pineapple & Meatball Quesadilla

 

You’ll need;

2 Tortillas

1 Medium Onion,sliced and sautéed

A Cup of Cabbage (shredded and blanched with a little bit  of salt in hot water or in the microwave)

Meat balls

Pineapple pieces

Crushed Peanuts(optional)

Cheese of Choice,I like Mozzarella

2 Tbsp Barbecue Sauce

1 tsp mustard

2-3 strips of bacon or ham

Salt to taste

Black Pepper to taste

Diced Bell peppers (optional)

 

Heat a pan with a little bit of oil or butter

Spread the Barbecue sauce and mustard on each of the tortillas

Place one in the hot pan

Add half of the cheese

Some meat balls,if it is too big,cut them into little bits like I did

Throw in some pineapple and nuts

meat balls + pineapple

Add your onions and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper

+ onions

Blanched cabbage

+ blanched cabbage

Bacon or ham

Season again and add the remaining cheese

+ more cheese

Cover with the 2nd tortilla

Let it brown a bit,about 3-5 min (more or less),then turn it to cook on the other side

Cook again for about 3 min or until cheese has melted

Let it rest a bit,then cut into portions and enjoy.

 

The Power of a Smile

smileA smile is a non-verbal language that says a lot.It’s power is often under estimated .It demonstrates warmth empathy and cooperation.
It’s natural for people to want others to care for them.Everyone wants to be accepted and a smile will help you help others to feel this way.
When smiled at,some people often smile in return.Basically,we mirror each others expression unconsciously.Lagbaja’s Feyin E still makes me smile every time,your dentition doesn’t have to be perfect to give a warm smile.Don’t let your decision to smile be based on how you feel,just like the masked one says “Put a smile on your face no matter your condition”.
Even a smile on the telephone produces positive results.
A smile has the power of melting away insecurities and troubles you may have.
It makes others feel welcome,special and appreciated.
It’s a very powerful tool of persuasion.
It can make people feel liked and disarm others in time of conflict.
It makes you approachable.Giving away some smiles will boost your image and personality.
Smiling makes you look beautiful.Surely,it is the best make-up you could wear.
When someone is pissing you off – smile,it prevents you from saying something you will regret later(I would know because I use that method all the time).
A smile can change the atmosphere around you.
You can make someone’s day just by smiling at them,you never know who needs a smile so keep smiling.
It’s the secret to charisma.

The reason a smile is so effective is because you reflect goodness to someone.Some people don’t smile more or hardly smile because they are afraid to show their vulnerability ans soft side.
Smiling releases Endorphins(feel good hormones) which calm you and make you happier.So true.Been there
A smile has to be sincere and the eyes have to smile too,people can tell if you’re faking it you know and in my opinion, that’s even worse than not smiling at all.

In conclusion,SMILE
Even when you don’t feel like it -SMILE
If you’re toothless- SMILE
If your dentition is terrible – SMILE
When passing through Yaba market -DON’T SMILE.Been there,you don’t wanna hear what those boys have to say to you.lol

Peace out.Keep Smiling

Parsley & Garlic Corn Tortilla

Parsley and garlic?….why not?   Just the first 3 are rosemary &garlic,the others are just plain corn tortillas.

You will need;

400g Corn flour

300g All purpose flour

100 ml Oil

1 Tbsp dried Parsley 

1 Tbsp powdered Garlic

A pinch of salt.

Warm water as needed

Combine all except the water and mix well.

Drizzle in the warm water a little at a time and form into a soft but firm workable dough.

Rosemary &Garlic Corn tortilla

I added the parsley and garlic after mixing it because I wanted plain and flavored corn tortillas,so i took some out for the plain tortillas and used the rest for the flavored one.

Knead properly for about 10 min. let it rest for about 30 min to 1 hour.

divide into 2,roll into a log and cut into equal portions.

Roll each on a floured surface and place a round bowl or pot cover the width of what you want and cut with a knife.

you can make minis too.

Heat your skillet and cook for about 15-20 secs on each side.

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and flip

wrap them stacked in a kitchen towel to keep warm until you are done with all.

These can be frozen,so you can make as much as you want.

Warm in an oven or on a skillet to make it pliable before you use.

Enjoy!

Wheat Tortilla

I love all things wheat so it only makes sense that I make wheat tortillas,right? Plus,it’s really easy.

You will need;

260g Graham wheat flour

260g All purpose flour

113g Butter or Olive Oil

1/4 tsp Baking powder

Warm water as needed

Combine all except the warm water in a bowl.

Wheat tortilla

rub together to form breadcrumbs-like texture

drizzle warm water as needed and form a soft but firm dough.

let sit at room temperature for about 30 min to 1 hour. Knead again and divide into 2 workable portions.

Roll into logs and cut into equal portions.

roll each into a ball and flatten it.

Roll one at a time into flat sheets,pick and rotate the dough as you roll so it does not stick to the surface.

Roll

place a bowl or pot cover the width of what you want over the rolled dough and cut with a knife. some won’t be perfect.

 and some will be close to perfect.

heat your skillet and cook on each side for about 15-20 secs. Wrap in a kitchen towel to keep warm while cooking the rest.

You can make mini tortillas too,just use the size of the cutter you want,I used an empty tin that had canned peaches in it.

Enjoy!

Quick lazy day’s meal.I left the tortilla on the heat a bit longer so it can become crisp and eat it with some Nigerian style salad.

I can be lazy like that.*chuckles*.

Have a blessed day.

Lemon Marshmallow Tea Cakes

 

 

 

First of all,I would like to apologize for the not so perfect colour on the chocolate,it was from my mold,I just could not get it out after washing it with the calcium-overdose water from my tap.For some reason,the water in Hungary has a high amount of calcium in it.

Having said that,lets get to making this delicious babies.as most people,I saw this on British bake off for the first time,thought it was fab and decided to give it a go.I used lemon marshmallow creme instead of just plain,why? because I love lemon.The recipe for the lemon marshmallow creme can be found here. I did not make the biscuits but you can make them if you want,i wanted to make this a no bake recipe (well,i didn’t have an oven,shocking?yes I know and it has not been fun at all.But it’s temporary,gotta do something about that).

I made 8 tea cakes but you can make about 12 with the marshmallow creme

You will need;

8 round digestive biscuits (about the size of your mold,you can trim it with a cookie cutter if it is bigger than the mold)

200g Dark Chocolate

Lemon Marshmallow Creme

and of course an hemisphere mold

 

Temper your chocolate (break it into pieces,melt about 2/3 of  it in the microwave at 30 secs intervals,stirring it after 30 secs until most of it is melted,stir in the remaining 1/3 until it is completely melted,without putting it back in the microwave)

Coat each biscuit in chocolate,you can use the back of a spoon or a small spatula

Coat one side,let it set,turn it around and coat the other side and edges. let it set completely,you can put it in the refrigerator for a short period just to let it set.

Coat the mold with chocolate

You can just use the back of a spoon

Put your marshmallow creme in a pipping bag or a zip lock bag,snip off the tip

 Once the chocolate in the mold has set up,fill each mold about 3/4 full,leaving enough space for the biscuit.

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Put the remaining chocolate in a cornet made out of parchment paper or a sandwich nylon.We are going to use that to seal the teacakes.

Put a little dollop of chocolate on the creme and place the biscuit on top,pipe the chocolate around the edges and wipe off any excess.

Alternatively, you can put a rim of melted chocolate around the cookie/biscuit

Pipe another rim around the edge of the chocolate case

Press the biscuit in to seal and wipe off any excess chocolate.

Allow to set before popping them out of the mold,once it is completely set,removing them is easy.

Be careful when removing them so you don’t break the chocolate shells. I turned it upside down on a work surface and just peeled the mold off.

Made some white chocolate ones too. You can run a hot spatula around the edge to have a cleaner finish or you can just break off the little bits around the edges.

Storing it in the refrigerator might change the colour,but I stored it in there anyway and did not notice any difference.

You can wrap them individually in foil.Cut into small squares and just wrap it around the teacakes.

 

You can play with it and add whatever you like to it.I added some crushed starlight candies to the white chocolate one,the mint overpowered the lemon and became minty,still tasted good.You can see some of the colour in it.

Enjoy!