Sunday, 5 May 2013

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo with Discovery Foods

I'm not much of a historian to be honest, so I have relied on my good friend Wikipedia to provide you with a little bit of information about the event we are celebrated in the Toothpaste household last night (yes, we were a day early but I don't forgo my Sunday roast for anyone!) is the Mexican holiday of Cinco de Mayo:

Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for "fifth of May") is a celebration held on May 5. It is celebrated in the United States and regionally in Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla, where the holiday is called El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (English: The Day of the Battle of Puebla). It originated with Mexican-American communities in the American West as a way to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War, and today the date is observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. In the state of Puebla, the date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín

We love to have Fajitas once a fortnight or so for dinner on a Friday or Saturday anyway so when Discovery Foods sent us some lovely bits and pieces to have ourselves an extra special meal to celebrate Cinco de Mayo we decided we were going to push the boat out and have a Mexican feast.  We had Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta, Mexican Risotto, Pork Fajitas, Chilli Con Carne Tacos and Loaded Nachos.  Personally, the favourite product I tried was the Discovery's new  garlic & herb soured cream.  I usually have chilled Mayo on my Fajitas but I thought this was a great alternative as it had much more flavour.  I also used the sour cream to top our Chilli Con Carne Tacos and Loaded Nachos so it was very versatile and mild enough for the kids to enjoy too.  Grace loves Mayo like me and she especially liked it and was very happy dipping her Nachos into it.

Here are a few recipes for the dishes I made, the whole meal took less than an hour to make, which I thought was pretty impressive seeing as though we had 5 different dishes!  Discovery really does make Mexican easy.
Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

 400g Chicken Breasts, cut into bitesize chunks.
2 tbsp Oil
1 Jar of Discovery Cajun Season & Sauce
50g Button Musrooms, sliced.
200g Pasta
1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan, add chicken and fry for 2-3 minutes. 
2. Add the contents of the seasoning pot to the chicken and fry for a further 5 minutes. 
3.  Boil the pasta according to the packet instructions. 
4.  Add the sauce and continue to cook on a low heat for a further 10-15 minutes until the chicken is cooked through. 
5.  Once the pasta has cooked, drain and combine with the Cajun Chicken mixture.  Garnish with fresh parsley and serve immediately. 
Save any leftovers cold for lunch the next day :-)
Mexican Risotto 

  1 tbsp Oliver Oil
1 Garlic clove, crushed
1 Red Pepper, diced
200g Risotto Rice
2 tbsp of Discovery Taco Seasoning Mix
600ml Veg Stock
1.  Fry the peppers and crushed garlic in the oil for 1-2 minutes, add the risotto rice and continue to cook for a further 2 minutes. 
2.  Add the Taco Seasoning and cook for a further minute, continually stirring. 
3.  Add the vegetable stock and immediately cover.  Reduce heat and simmer for 25 minutes.  Do not lift the lid. 
4. Once rice is cooked fluff with a fork and serve immediately.
Our Pork Fajitas were also a lovely alternative to chicken, I just used 500g of diced Pork Shoulder.  Pork was also much cheaper than chicken breasts at just over £2 for the pack.

 We all loved the square Taco Trays I bought and will definitely buy these again.  Usually I would serve Chilli Con Carne on a bed of basmati rice but I thought they made a really great alternative and I can see me using them again in the same way to serve with potato wedges as a family dinner.
So there we have it, our Mexican feast to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.   
Why don't you have your own Cinco de Mayo celebration today?
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