Monday, March 11, 2013

Diego's Tortilla Wraps are Awesome!

In just one email they made me smile. In just one parcel they made my day.
Diego’s. Have you heard of them? They specialise in the manufacturing and distribution of Mexican inspired tortillas.

So there I was one fine day planning our dinner. I had it all mapped out in my head. I had some freaking awesome roasted lamb leftovers given by an aunt. I bought an avocado the day before and there was some lettuce in the fridge. So with this, I was gonna make – avocado lamb wraps.

I bought a packet of Diego’s wraps and headed home. Once there I had all the ingredients lined up and ready to be wrapped. I opened the pack of wraps (which has 6) and to my disappointment, they seemed to be sticking to each other. Rather than peeling them apart which might result in them breaking, I heated them in the microwave as per the packet instructions – hoping they would separate neatly once they were heated. This was not the case and the wraps were still stuck to each other.

So with no alternative, I tried pulling them apart and what I got were torn sheets of wraps which made for a very ugly dinner. The lamb and avocado were mighty good but I could not get over the wraps breaking.

So the next day I google-ed Diego’s and came across their website. I used their feedback form and vented. On that same day, they e-mailed me apologising profusely and promising to make up for it.

Couple of days later- they sent me 3 packets of their wraps, a tortilla warmer and some recipes to try out! It was so amazing of them and I hope those reading this who haven’t tried out their wraps will do so! I’ve used up all 3 packets using different variations of fillings and wish to share one recipe for a filling here below.

Minced Beef in Tortilla Wrap
By Amy Beh (from the Kuali section of The Star)

200g fillet of beef, coarsely minced
60g fresh white button mushrooms, sliced
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp chopped spring onion
5 pieces tortillas
Iceberg lettuce, whole leaves and shredded
Shredded carrot
 ½ tsp ginger juice
 ¼ tsp pepper
1/8 tsp ground black pepper
½ tsp sugar
A pinch of salt
½ tsp light soy sauce
½ tsp sesame oil
1 tsp cornflour

Put minced meat into a deep bowl and add seasoning. Mix well to combine. Add spring onion.
Heat olive oil in a non-stick saucepan. Sweat the white mushrooms for a minute. Add the beef and fry briskly until meat is cooked through. Dish out and set aside.
Microwave each piece of tortilla on Medium High for 10-15 seconds. Remove and place on a flat plate.
Layer with a whole leaf of iceberg lettuce and 1-2 tablespoons of beef mixture. Add a little shredded lettuce and carrot. Wrap neatly and serve immediately.

My Notes:
I omitted the carrot and spring onions
I wrapped it with spreading a bit of tomato paste on the wrap, layering the beef mixture and the lettuce on top.

After the lamb and avocado combo, I found this slightly underwhelming.
I think I would have preferred beef strips as opposed to minced beef.

Another quick and easy filling is marinating chicken breast with some Nando’s Peri-Peri sauce (which I always have in my fridge) and grilling at 220C for 15 - 20 minutes, turning over once. Be sure to baste the breast with olive oil before putting into the oven. Once done, cut into strips and use as wrap filling together with lettuce.

The tortilla warmer is awesome - just pop all the tortillas inside, place in a microwave oven and heat.

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