Disaster Meal

The problem with food blogging for me is it that it always makes me hungry! Perfect example, last night I was trying to pick something to write about, and instead I ended up looking up recipes on other Word Press blogs! My first mistake was choosing to pick a new delicious topic right at dinnertime, and after pouring over the endless mouthwatering blog posts several hours later, I came across a recipe that looked both delicious and affordable!  The Winner you ask? Portobello Avocado and Spinach Burritos from Rufus’ Food and Spirits Guide

Portobello Avocado and Spinach Burritos

  • 2 portobello mushrooms cut into 1/4″ thick slices
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 6 oz frozen chopped spinach
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 2 cayenne peppers minced
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 avocados sliced thinly
  • feta cheese
  • burrito sauce
  • cheddar cheese
  • flour tortillas

Melt butter in a frying pan and saute onion over medium heat until golden. Add mushrooms and saute until browned. Add peppers and spinach and cook until heated through. Season with cilantro and set aside. In a tortilla spoon a tablespoon burrito sauce, two large spoonfuls spinach mixture and enough avocados to cover the filling. Crumble on some feta and roll up tightly. Place each burrito in a greased baking dish. When out of filling, cover tops of burritos with more sauce and grated cheddar. Bake at 350 degrees until cheese is bubbly, about 10 minutes. Do not overbake or the avocado will get too warm and mushy.

“Looks easy enough” I thought and set out on yet another culinary adventure. The thing about culinary adventures however, is that you never know how it’s going to turn out, but I guess that’s half the fun. Unfortunately for me it did not go so well. The main feature that attracted me to this recipe is it appeared quick, easy and most importantly, inexpensive.  I think the problem first arose when I veered away from the recipe right from the get-go, when I got to the store and remembered I am not a huge fan of Portobello mushrooms (a main ingredient), so instead I went with baby bella mushrooms (a more regular purchase for me).

Second mistake arose at the next main ingredient, tortillas. I personally am extremely picky when it comes to store bought flour tortillas and instead found really good corn tortillas as an alternative, but I knew when I purchased them that they were small my burrito adventure were going to end up more taco-like then burrito. The third dilemma arose after going to two different stores with the sole purpose of finding burrito sauce, which just so you are aware, cannot be found anywhere! After staring at the verity of salsa substitutions at the local organic market I saw Fajita sauce; cilantro and lime-spicy it read, “Perfect” I thought. Sadly, it was anything but a perfect addition to my meal, a realization that didn’t occur until after I cooked up all my veggies taken my first bite.  The only thing I won’t be using again from this recipe is the Fajita sauce, but as for the rest of the ingredients they will be used in my next adventure somehow.

Unfortunately, as a college student I do not have the luxury of trying out as many recipes as I would like, because if they all turned out the way this one had, I’d spend endless time in the kitchen with little reward and ultimately very hungry.  So I implemented a new rule in my culinary adventure handbook, always, always look at the ingredients first, and if the majority of things required are ingredients…

1. I have never heard of or tried myself

2. That can only be used in this one recipe

3. I cannot pronounce

…Then choose to skip the recipe and find another!  Though my adventure did not go as planned I had to laugh at the hilarity of the whole process.

Looks easy enough I thought and set out on yet another adventure. The thing about culinary adventures is you never know how it’s going to turn out, it’s half the fun. Unfortunately for me it did not go so well. The main attraction to the recipe is it looked quick, easy and most important inexpensive. As a collage studphoto

The thing about culinary adventures is you never know how it’s going to turn out, it’s half the fun. Unfortunately for me it did not go so well. The main attraction to the recipe is it looked quick, easy and most important inexpensive. As a college student I do not have the luxury of trying out as many recipes as I would like. That is why when I set out on an adventure I looked at the ingredients. If the majority of things required are ingredients…

  1. I have never heard of or tried myself
  2. That can only be used in this one recipe
  3. I cannot pronounce