May 1st, 2013

Making homemade tortillas with kids. (Oh, how Cinco de Mayo has changed.)

OneHungryMama homemade tortillas

Then:
Margaritas. Lots of them.
Chips and guacamole.
More margaritas.
Tequila shots.
A bite of someone’s enchiladas. Wait. Who’s food did I just eat? Is that even our table?
Dancing. Lots of dancing.
Just one last tequila shot? Margarita? Whatever.
Sleep. At some point.

Now:
A skinny girl margarita. Whatever, they aren’t so bad. Just one is fine.
Fish tacos!
The hungry baby doesn’t want fish tacos? Shit. Okay, just give him taco bites or let him eat chips tonight, for all I care.
Kitchen project with mama! Homemade tortillas. Seriously. Proof after the jump.
Pre-dinner dance party. Carly Rae Jepsen for the 15th time in a row. Ugh.
Dinner. Happiness.
Kids to bed.
Did I say I was done? I was wrong: tequila shots!
Who am I kidding? Just one. Skinnygirl, that is.
Sleep. And it’s only 9 p.m.

Cinco de Mayo, you aren’t what you used to be, but I love you anyway.

Now, about making those homemade tortillas with the kids…

I’ve been thinking about making tortillas for a while but, as you might suspect, in Brooklandia, it’s pretty easy to get your hands on a handmade, homestyle tortilla. So I never honestly thought that I’d get around to making a homemade version, even with masa flour in my pantry. (Seriously, it’s there.) That is, until Little Passports.

I first learned about Little Passports, a monthly subscription designed to introduce children to countries around the world, through Cool Mom Picks. Convinced that my map and travel obsessed hungry boy would love it, I mentioned Little Passports to grandparents as a possible birthday gift. The signed on and the rest is history. The hungry boy loves it; he quivers when he sees that an adventure kit filled with activities, souvenirs, a new passport sticker, and access to online games has arrived.

Little Passports starts with a suitcase filled with everything needed to start a global—and now, with a U.S. edition, stateside—adventure. Kiddo meets Sam and Sofia, two best friends who take us along as they see the world, is issued a passport, and gets a world map to follow along. Then, each month, a new package arrives filled with inspiration to learn about a new country. And sometimes that inspiration is (of course!) food related. The hungry boy learned about bento and oyakodan when Sam and Sofia visited Japan, and boulangeries when they went to France.

Once, while trying to sign on to the Little Passports site (with our boarding pass number—how cute is that?!), the hungry boy and I ended up on the Little Passports blog. I scrolled down and there they were: homemade tortillas. The hungry boy noticed them first (he is always looking over my shoulder!), but we both paused. He pointed out that they only called for two ingredients. Remember that masa flour is in my pantry? Yea, that and water. How could we not make them? So we did. Finally. Homemade tortillas.

It was a last minute project so I didn’t take pictures of the process, but it was fun. How could it not be? It’s a 2 ingredient dough that’s fun to mix, whack, and roll. And as we did, we wondered when Sam and Sofia would go to Mexico. Maybe this month? In honor of Cinco de Mayo?

This month’s Little Passports packaged hasn’t arrived yet, so we don’t know if Sam and Sofia will be eating homemade tortillas this weekend in honor of Cinco de Mayo, but we will. Because as easy as it is to find handmade tortillas in Brooklyn, there’s nothing like making them yourself, with your kids, with Carley Rae Jepsen blasting in the background. Again.

Corn Tortillas
recipe from Little Passports
(can be shared with kids 10+ mos)*

2 cups masa harina (corn flour)
1 1/2 cups warm water

1. Mix the masa harina with the water in a large bowl. Get your hands dirty and knead until the dough comes together. (Add more masa harina if it’s too wet; add more water if it’s too dry.)

2. Separate the dough into 1″-thick balls. Using a tortilla press or rolling pin, flatted each ball of dough between two pieces of wax paper.

3. Cook each tortilla in a preheated skillet (preferably cast iron) for about 30 seconds, or until it begins to bubble. Flip the tortilla and repeat on the other side.

Note: While soft and chewy, tortillas require some chewing to break down. They are best shared with kids already safely managing chunks and textured food.

Note: I have not received anything for free or in exchange for this review of Little Passports. We have the world edition, which was paid for in full out of (grandma and grandpa’s!) pocket, and I think it is worth every dime. Little Passports is a wonderful, playful, well done subscription. I’m a fan and was thrilled when Little Passports reached out (not knowing that I was). I immediately offered to write something up. For free. Because I would have anyway. If you give Little Passports a try, let me know what you think.

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