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How do you celebrate Earth Day with food?
But really, if you do a search for Earth Day food, just about all of it with have to do with something dyed blue and green and in some shape of the world. I’m afraid I had no original ideas with the blue/green/world-shape thing, but I think I did come up with something out of the ordinary.
A little less than a week ago, I made my first ever tortilla. And ever since then, I have been on a little bit of a kick. I never knew how easy it was to make them. So I decided to customize the recipe I use to make them spinach, and therefore green. The tortillas would provide the base for my snack and be the land of my world map.
To do the blue, I wanted to naturally use blueberries. But despite the name, blueberries actually color things purple, but I thought with it being about Earth Day and all, I should keep the unnatural food coloring out of the equation. And so I made a purple cream cheese spread to be the water.
Then I spread the cream cheese on the tortilla, trying to make the outlines of the continents, but it is really difficult with a butter knife and little patience.
Plus, not all my homemade tortillas came out round. So, I punched out rounds with a cookie cutter and made earth-like masses on them. I was going for “rustic” earth. 🙂
But no matter what they look like, these are a pretty tasty treat. Even my picky eater gobbled it up. That says something!
Oh, and I totally want to add that you can definitely make these treats with store-bought tortillas. It would be way faster and just as tasty. I just have a “must-make-everything-difficult” gene in me. 🙂
3 1/2 cups plain flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
7 tbsp vegetable oil (I would up it to 8 since the spinach made these a little drier than the original)
about 1/3 cup spinach puree plus enough hot water to make 1 cup
Throw all the ingredients into a bowl and with your fingers mix the ingredients so it all comes together and knead for a few minutes until a smooth dough forms.
Cover the bowl with a damp tea towel and let the dough rest for 15 mins.
Portion the dough into approximately 40g/3.5oz balls and store them in another bowl covered with a tea towel to prevent them drying out.
Roll out the dough into about a 6-7 inch circle. The easiest way to do this is to roll the dough into an oval. Turn the dough 45 degrees, roll out again. Turn the dough another 45 degrees and roll it into a circle. (Check out Merci Mama for a video that was very helpful for the rolling of the tortillas.)
Heat a skillet or pan until very hot and cook the tortilla on one side for about 45 seconds. When you start to see the tortilla bubble, flip it over and cook for another 35-45 seconds and then do a final flip and cook for another 10 seconds.
Blueberry Cream Cheese
from Play Eat Grow
1 8 ounce package of cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons of honey
1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/4 cup crushed freeze-dried blueberries
Mix all ingredients until well combined. Spread on tortillas.
How will you be celebrating Earth Day with your food?