I feel safe when I’m holding a tortilla wrap.
Whether it’s a taco or a burrito, when I’m holding a tortilla that is stuffed with some nonsense, I feel safe. I think it has something to do with the fact that tortillas were the first thing I ever served people for a ‘dinner party’. Admittedly it was terrible, everything came from a box and to mourn the dreadful dinner we all just got pissed, but I do think the non-complexity of the tortilla is something that soothes me.
This arrangement of ingredients was the product of me working from home one day and wanted to throw a lunch together that I could eat whilst catching up on emails. This was the result of combining a few ingredients on a hot tortilla, wrapping it in a hug and eating it over my keyboard. I regretted that instantly because eating a tortilla is no clean procedure, but suffice to say it was highly enjoyable.
Chop up a tomato and throw the slices in a bowl. Douse with some salt and a lot of pepper and allow to sit on the side. Slice an avocado in half, take out the big old pip and leave to one side for a second. In a small jug, combine the juice of one lime, a little sugar and a glug of chili oil. If you don’t have chili oil, use regular oil and a tiny sprinkle of chili flakes.
Heat up a dry frying pan and drop in a tortilla – I like to use wholemeal tortillas for this. Cook it for 2 minutes on the one side and 1 minute on the other before tossing on a plate. Strew some designer leaves on the tortilla base followed by nice chunks of coriander – don’t worry too much about finely chopping it. Now throw on the tomatoes before using a spoon and pulling out chunks of the avocado flesh and throwing onto the tortilla bed.
Drizzle over the chili lime oil and eat.
Now I can’t particularly describe how to eat this, because every time I eat it, I wrap it differently which is very culturally ignorant of me. The least messy way I figure doing it is like the above, which is fold one half over to the middle, the other half over to meet it and then fold up the bottom so that all three ‘sides’ of the tortilla wrap meet in the middle so you can hold it comfortably with one hand.
Doesn’t stop me getting food all down my chin but then again, that’s my favourite part of a tortilla.