It’s “Tex-Mex Week” at Chez Peady and so far, it’s been muy perfecto.
We started our week with Cinco de Mayo (Isn’t that timely?) on Monday.
It was “Fajitas ‘n’ Fixin’s” night. Always a hit!
Here’s a little peek at our dinner!
Everything begins with a Spanish onion and green pepper sautéed in some EVOO. This immediately starts the “mmm”s and “What’s on the menu?”s from Thing 1 & Thing 2.
Time to make some “Shreddar Cheese”. That’s a nice medium Cheddar. Sometimes we use a Marble Cheddar (Thing 2’s favourite!).
Yummy! Shredded cheese. At this point little hands start arriving to “test” the goods.
Can you blame them? Mmmm. Cheeeesey!
Chicken thighs, lime juice & Tex-Mex seasoning. Cover with foil. Baked at 400 degrees until done (about 30 minutes, give or take.)
Shred the chicken slightly and add back to the sautéed veggies to get everything all yummy.
Note, I keep them together, but separate. This is so those with green pepper aversions can avoid them if need be. At this point a little sprinkle of seasoning is a great idea. Epicure Fajita is great, but you can make your own!
This is my tortilla-less fajita.
These are some of our favourite toppings. Guacamole (Yucatan), Sour Cream, Salsa (Sabra makes a great “Southwest” version), “Shreddar” cheese.
Here are Daddy-O’s fajitas before being dressed.
Here is my meal. I did add a bit of “Shreddar”, too! Scrumptious!
If you take a closer look at my photos, they will reveal last night’s recipe.
Over the next week, I plan on sharing our “Tex-Mex Week” meals and the recipes I use. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. I’m all about the sharing!
Did you celebrate Cinco de Mayo? Do you enjoy flavours inspired by Mexico? What is your favourite meal? What is your favourite cuisine?
Today is Cinco de Mayo and at Chez Peady, this celebration of Mexican heritage, originating with The Battle of Puebla*, also kicks off “Tex-Mex Week”.
It is a favourite tradition of Thing 1 and Thing 2 and we look forward to it all year long.
We have a fairly varied diet and, since I regularly meal plan, there’s a lot of opportunity to try new food and taste yummy things from a variety of cultures.
Hands down? Mexican food and Tex-Mex win!
You already know we have Taco Tuesday in regular rotation (read: every single week until the end of time), but you might be interested to know that we also throw lots of different Mexican (or Tex-Mex) meals into the mix every now and then, too.
Right now, my main concern is that *you* might not celebrate Cinco de Mayo (or even know what it is!) and worse, that you might not have dinner plans for today!
I simply can’t have that! (Controlling, wot?)
So, though I will elaborate later tonight and throughout the week, my mission is clear.
YOU need a “Tex-Mex Week” menu.
I have a “Tex-Mex Week” menu**. Convenient, eh?
There’s no better day to share it than on Cinco de Mayo!
Fajitas are on the menu and you can totally wing it. Chicken or beef or veggie. The choice is yours.
It’s Monday! It’s Cinco de Mayo! There’s no time like the present.
I hope you are having a lovely Monday and that, no matter what the weather is outside, you have found a bit of sunshine in your day. I think that Margarita Monday**** should be a thing – especially when it is also Cinco de Mayo! What do you think?
Do you celebrate Cinco de Mayo? Do you meal plan? What’s for dinner? Do you enjoy frozen concoctions?
If you make any version of the meals on this menu, please come back and share what you made and how it turned out.
*You didn’t think it was Mexican Independence Day, did you? Oh dear! Nope. “Diez y Seis de Septiembre” is September 16 and is a beautiful celebration!
**Full disclosure: This is last year’s “Tex-Mex Week” menu. The Things voted to keep the same one. I took the photo today after I taped it up in my kitchen.
Nope. It’s not Monday. That was yesterday’s problem.
Want a hint?
That’s right! It’s Taco Tuesday!
Taco Tuesday is on regular rotation at Chez Peady and we always enjoy it. Sometimes the tacos are fancy, with my scrumptious – if I do say so myself – (and I do!) homemade guacamole. Sometimes it’s as basic as following the directions on a taco kit (name brand or otherwise). Sometimes they are filled with beef. Other times it’s chicken. Slow cooked or roasted. Simple and delicious. Even fish tacos are a hit ’round here! We just love tacos.
We try to change it up a little bit each time, so that we don’t grow tired of our Taco Tuesday tradition. There’re so many ways that a simple meal can be made interesting, and tacos are perfect for customization. From the fillings to the shells, to the toppings and the sauces, there’s a myriad of ways to make tacos – and to make them fun!
Tonight’s beef tacos were awesome! Nothing too fancy, but the ingredients were fresh, everyone was looking forward to dinner together, and everything turned out just right.
Yummy taco beef!
Crisp, fresh iceberg lettuce.
Greek yogurt, taco sauce & fresh, plump, Roma tomatoes.
Taco shells. Always heat them like this! Trust me.
I think these turned out to be picture perfect.
Can you see the nice layers? Can’t you practically taste them?
There’s a sad little underripe avocado back there.
So much deliciousness.
Thing 2 adding some Greek yogurt to her soft flour tortilla taco.
Thing 1 adding spicy taco sauce. The boy was made for spicy!
Yay! I get a taco! (So gooood!)
I think next Taco Tuesday we’ll try a vegetarian version made with Chickpeas. I know Thing 1 and Thing 2 will give them a try and very likely will enjoy them.
They’ll try anything! They’ve yet to turn up their noses at a single taco trick. From Beer Battered Haddock to Spaghetti*, from beef to books about the topic, I say “Tacos!” and they say “Si!” How lucky are we?
*You can find the awesome Taco Truck (and many other examples of awesome) pictured above here.
** Yeah, you read that right.
*** My new favourite thing to say. I shared it’s source here.
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If you consider the following and think mainly about what R2-D2 is capable of accomplishing during a yoga class (hot, cold or otherwise) then you will have a pretty clear picture of what I looked like on Saturday.
Moksha Yoga in Bedford had an open house on Saturday April 26, 2014 as a way of celebrating their one year anniversary and offered FREE classes all day long. How amazing is that? I had been driving by their big billboard for a month or so and every time I’d think to myself, ‘I should really see if I can rope NS BFF into going with me to try a class.’ and then ‘SQUIRREL!’. The thought would vanish in a swirling cyclone of all the other more important or pressing things that actually needed doing and I’d be no closer to trying hot yoga. Until I’d drive by the giant billboard the next time and go through pretty much the exact same sequence. (Billboards work, by the way, in case that isn’t apparent, but I digress…)
Then out of the blue on the 24th my NS BFF sent me a link to the Open House schedule and once I opened that e-mail, it was a done deal. I *had* to do it!
Aren’t best friends just the best for the way they read our minds, dare us to be different and encourage us to step *way* outside of our comfort zones? I think so.
It’s a positive kind of peer pressure. I can’t say no and she can’t back out because she started it. Forget the fact that I have been threatening to rope her in – in my mind – for over a month. I’ll just let her think it was her idea and go along with it. *grins*
So it was decided we were definitely going to a class on Saturday, but then the trouble was deciding which class. I’ll spare you the ridiculousness we went through trying to decide. Honestly. It should not have been that complicated. We were tired last week. Let’s just leave it at that. Suffice it to say that at 8:30 (AM!) on Saturday we were headed to a yoga studio to take in our very first yoga class. It was a seventy-five minute class. Oh, and you should know it was also in a very hot room and we were to be “silent”.
I’ll just wait here while that sinks in.
Yup. Me. Seventy-five minutes. Silent.
There were many, many, many challenges during this, my very first, yoga class, but above all else not talking was the hardest.
No giggling. No joking. No witty banter with my NS BFF. No asking questions! Heck, we could barely make eye contact for fear of bursting out in uncontrollable belly laughter.
I *totally* did it and as per the manifesto I did not die. (Go me!)
In retrospect, a seventy-five minute hot yoga class in a silent room is probably not the best choice for a newbie. On the other hand, it really was something completely new and since remedial yoga is not a thing, one really must embrace the idea that everyone – no matter how amazing now – once had a first time and also felt awkward and confused.
I absolutely loved the energy of the people who are running Moksha Bedford. Our instructor was excellent. I believe that they believe deeply in what they do. You can feel that when you speak with them. I was made to feel comfortable and welcome and that means a lot!
There is a tank shirt hanging in the entryway that reads “Practice Makes Practice”. I think this sums up the philosophy of the kind folks at Moksha… perfectly.
Balance is tricky at the best of times… take away my orthotics and well.. tip me over and pour me out!
All kidding aside, who wouldn’t like to have this kind of power, strength and fitness? Wow!
Holy Ashtanga! Amazing!
So, have you tried anything new lately? Are you a fan of yoga? Do you practice yoga on a regular basis? What advice would you give to someone about to attend their very first class? Do you like your yoga regular or extra crispy?