Join me at I Heart Cooking Club for this week’s theme – Caravan of Spice. I had bought the Mark Bittman book – How to Cook Everything – and have been so pleased with the both the variety and simplicity of the this book. If you haven’t checked this book out, and you are the type person to enjoy perusing a cookbook like a novel, you would be pleased with the recipes, organizing tips and suggestions.
So many variations on each recipe….I thought, which recipe might I choose so I may participate this week and fit in with our theme of margaritas and appies. Nachos! See page 98 for Bittman’s basic “recipe” and suggestions on toppings.
Funny…I always said Nigella but Mark Bittman doesn’t have the look of someone I’d be on a first name basis. I always refer to him by his full name or last name. Cause he looks like a crab. He looks like someone who loves to cook and write…..but it’s a painful side effect of being famous and dealing with the public. Maybe that is an unfair judgment but hey…it’s my perception.
Ok, back to the nachos and margaritas ………………Doug decided to make top shelf drinks and we purchased 1800 Tequilla and Grand Marnier.
On the hunt for fresh limes I could only find Persian limes. They are much smaller than the variety we usually find in the grocery store. With the citrus reamer, Doug was able to extract a cup of fresh lime juice.
Now I worked on the nachos. Lined a baking sheet with tortilla chips, grabbed the cilantro from the spice pantry, heated a can of refried black beans (These are so good and different texture from regular refried beans) and black beans, chopped a tomato and some scallions and crumbled some Queso blanco.
Put it together in layers and heat for 15 or so minutes. Slice up a side of avocado.
Here is what I didn’t count on….I have never had a top shelf margarita before and it was just about too strong for me. Here we had the good stuff so I didn’t want to dilute it with mixers or limeade…didn’t want the high fructose corn syrup.
I ended up having just one glass and the buzz was strong. I don’t know how Doug managed two and a couple of shots! The next evening we split what was left of the margarita left in the pitcher in the fridge. And yes, I did dilute with limeade. That was better for me.
The 1800 comes in a gorgeous bottle that will be great for making coffee liqueur (kahlua) next month.
The nachos were very filling! I forgot to put the sour cream out but we had medium spiced salsa on the side.
Surf over to IHCC and see what everyone else has prepared.