“Quesadillas” from “Plenty”

Anna: We decided to try this as both of us do Bill’s quesadillas as a weeknight staple. Don’t we Kirstin?

Kirstin: Yes, we do.

Anna: So, it’s a Thursday night Quesadilla-off!  Though technically we’re only making the Ottolenghi recipe.  It’s been a bit of a faff to make, it’s fair to say.

Kirstin: Yep, Bill wins for simplicity.  Easily.  But his salsa is crap. We sound like we compare everything to Bill.

Anna: That’s because we always cook from Bill’s books, so we inevitably compare.  It’s just the way it is.  I love the black bean paste, that’s an improvement on my usual quesadilla formula, though again it involves faff like having to wash up a blender.  Not something I’d do if I was cooking on my own on a weeknight.

Kirstin: We shouldn’t judge everything like that.

Anna: But we have to, because you’re not going to cook a quesadilla on Saturday are you?

Kirstin: You were very worried about the sour cream and avocado being warm.  It was really good.  But, I resent having to use a knife and fork to eat it.  A quesadilla quite frankly should be eaten with fingers, and there was all this drippy slop going all over the place.

Anna: I agree.  The sour cream and avocado should go on the side, not be cooked with the dish.  I say, let’s try the black bean paste and cheese, and then put the sour cream and salsa on the side for the next round.

Kirstin: Ooh, CONTROVERSIAL.  That would mean going off piste.  Shall we?  Yeah, lets.

Some minutes later…..

Kirstin: Well that looks crap on the plate.

Anna: It’s the sour cream isn’t it?  Remember, you’ll be able to eat this with your fingers, no knives and forks.  Try it.

Kirstin: I’m still having to use a knife and fork.  It’s better.  But Bill wins.  Apart from the salsa. And with it on the side, I feel like Meg Ryan from When Harry Met Sally….without the rude bits, obviously.

Anna: So would we make this again?

Kirstin: No.  But it’s making me really hungry for Bill’s which I haven’t made for a while because it’s so difficult to get hold of black beans.

Anna: They mysteriously disappeared from Ocado for ages, but you can get them again now.  The thing with quesadillas are that they’re supposed to be really cheesy, and these aren’t cheesy.  I love the salsa though.

Kirstin:  It’s exactly the same as the Nigel guacamole I’ve been making for 16 years.  Maybe he ripped it off from Nigel?

Anna: Guacamole shouldn’t have all this stuff in it.  It should just be avocado, salt and lime.  But that’s another debate.

Kirstin: I don’t think so…..

“Quesadillas” from “Plenty”

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