Daring Cooks April Challenge: Edible Savoury Containers

After Masterchef Australia on my TV watch list…..at a close second is ‘Desperate Housewives’. To think that for so long, I ignored it, till my husband got the DVDs from the video club a few months ago and we watched every episode of the last season, every night.

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Thumbs up to actors and actresses. The people of Wisteria lane astound me with their powerful rendition of real life challenges and crises we face. Take Bree for instance, gorgeous ginger haired chic. Her satin blouses, pious attitude and quick repentance make her one of my favourite thespians. But I must confess that it is petite Gabby (Eva Longoria) who has me – in her ability to swish and sway her Latino hips in heels so high, I’d need a ladder to get into them.  Her scheming is second to none and sometimes I get overwhelmed with her manipulation but, and this is the bit I love the most about the series……….she always gets found out. The plots are not longwinded and contrived – no there is an introduction, a beginning, the middle and an end. I finish each episode with a clear lesson. A takeaway…..and on TV these days, this is no easy feat!

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And then a few days ago, my husband and I watched Piers Morgan on CNN interview Eva Longoria and whatever respect I HAD FOR actresses doubled and tripled with hearing her speak – her hopes, her values. My eyes watered – the compassion and caring with which she spoke of her aspirations, her charities and her new cookbook which I’m longing to buy…but haven’t decided on yet.

And so, as a tribute to her, I went with making tortilla bowls, to hold a savoury filling.

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Blog-checking lines: Renata of Testado, Provado & Aprovado! was our Daring Cooks’ April 2011 hostess. Renata challenged us to think “outside the plate” and create our own edible containers! Prizes are being awarded to the most creative edible container and filling, so vote on your favorite from April 17th to May 16th at http://thedaringkitchen.com!

Mandatory Items: To make a SAVORY edible container and fill it with something appropriate.

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Variations allowed:

  • You may want to use one of the ideas provided, or give them your own twists and your own recipes for the content.
  • Or, you can choose to create something totally new, from scratch.
  • As long as it is a container, it is edible, and has content suitable for it; I want you all to have a lot of fun challenging your creativity!

The tortilla bowls were easy to make, save for the fact that my tortillas were larger than the required size, causing me to trim them a bit.

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I got the idea from Savour, the Royal Caribbean International cook book

I filled the bowls with a lightly spiced Jamaican goat curry which brought back memories. Of Nigeria where I made it often, of Barbados, of heat and warmth.

To accompany the bowl, I made a yogurt dip, with tomato chunks and snippets of spring onions and served it with rice.

Tortilla Bowls

Ingredients

7 inch tortillas

4 inch ramekins

How to

Preheat the oven to 175 degrees C (350 degrees F)

Gently place each tortilla in the ramekins and bake for 10 minutes or until lightly browned and set.

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Remove from the oven and place the tortilla bowl/shell and fill with the curry. Serve with rice, yogurt dip and anything else your heart so desires.

The Verdict

I loved the bowls and will definitely repeat them. The rims ended up toasted – crisp and sweet. The bowls held their shape well though I suspect they would have looked much better had I used the recommended 7 inch tortillas. Not to worry. I scooped out some of the curry onto my rice but the rest; I held up and ate out of the bowl. The sweet and slight chewiness of the tortilla went well with the saucy, veg rich curry and the finely chopped parsley gave it colour as well as flavor.

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Thank you Renata for inspiring us to make edible food containers. It was great learning simple techniques to add to our catalogue of kitchen ideas.

Check out what the other Daring Cooks brought to the party.

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Do you ever watch Desperate Housewives? Do you enjoy it if you do?

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31 Comments

    • Thanks Msihua, like i said, I’m a DH fan

      Sally, Indian mutton…..goatmeat….strong tasting! But delicious. This curry is delicious with chicken too but awesome with the aforementioned! See what you can do 🙂

      Celia, thanks

      Wizzy – now I’m seeing all the possibilities

      Kiran – Thanks

      Lisa – I hope Eva likes it….if she ever discovers it. She’s definitely my new heroine. Thanks

  1. I really love the illustration of Barbados. I’ve recently discovered that the meat called ‘Indian mutton’ in my supermarket is goat. I just need to sneak it past my squeamish family and curry is a great disguise, especially if housed in these edible pots.

  2. I think Eva Longoria would love this (if she really eats lol). Perfectly beautiful bowl for that gorgeous vegetable curry. I would love to have that in front of me right now..tearing off pieces with forkfuls of stewy curry 🙂 Beautifully done!

  3. I’m not a fan of Desperate Housewives, although I’ve caught it once or twice. However, I do love those tortilla bowls and intend to use this idea to hold some dips very soon.

    • Amanda, great idea for holding dips! Thanks

      Monet sweetie, I hope you’re feeling a bit better. Glad I brought back some good memories. Love adn stay blessed ok?

      Su-yin – The curry was actually amazing, spicy, hints of coconut cream and soft meat. Thanks

      Lyndsey – glad to find anothe DH partner. IT truly does make you stop and reflect, corny as thought sounds.

      Amaka dear, glad I’m not alone ont he Eva L train!

      Norma, thanks. Really looking forward to your new blog – it will be a chance for you to do allt he things on it you’ve always wanted to. So sorry though thatyou lost all your hard work. It is well

  4. Such a good post! My mom and I used to watch that show when it first came out. I have so many great memories! Thank you for sharing another great meal with me. Tortilla bowls sound both simple and delicious! I hope you have a wonderful weekend, full of laughter and life. You inspire me with your passion and creative soul!

  5. Oz I do enjoy Desperate Houswives, it really makes you look at some of your own choices in life…well maybe! I love the whole look of your tortilla bowls and the curry inside…yummy! What a great job!

  6. I love Eva Longoria as well! Hope I can catch a re-run of her interview with Piers Morgan. The tortilla bowl looks wonderful, love the mix of colors !

  7. As always you are impressive.

    I wish I could take part of this challenge, but I have no BL:OG! LOL

    Maybe if you have one in May….

    Have a wonderful weekend.

    • Thanks for the comments

      France – I need to give Tostadas a go.

      Shaz – thing with desperate housewives is no episode goes by that isn’t FULL of intersting things to watch and learn! You can still catch up….but make it quick!

      Jenny Jay, vinatge chic. Glad you like the photos!

      Robyn – yay, twins in TV addictions. That’s the one TV programme I don’t miss…every week!

  8. I saw the Piers Morgan show and came away with a new-found respect for Longoria. She certainly came off as very genuine and caring.

    Now about that tortilla bowl and filling…BRAVO!

  9. WOW goat curry in tortilla bowls and a yoghurt dip that is such a delicious meal. And the bowls looks so cute great job on this challenge. Also your photos are superb.

    Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.

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