Wrap It Up Alice!

9 Feb

As you know I like to experiment with cooking from different countries. There is a whole world of cuisines out there I can ruin…

Mexican is a bit of a favourite, I love chilli peppers, paprika, chipotle and smokey flavours. And of course you can’t beat a bit of melted cheese on ANYTHING.

I even love the tacky Tex Mex joints where the bored looking staff have to wear sombreros, serve plasticky nachos and shout ‘Arriba’ if you order a tequila shot!

I made some chicken fajitas the other day. Using sliced chicken fillets, onions and red peppers fried up with cayenne pepper, cumin, paprika, garlic and chillies. As I’m trying to be healthy at the moment I decided to ‘dry-fry’ (is that even a thing?) and ended up scorching everything…

I wasn’t sure the chicken was cooked but everything was already blackened so thought I had better stop frying and bake the stuff in the wraps.

So more like a fajita burrito, just without the refried beans.

But this is the problem. How do you wrap wraps so they contain everything and look good?

You know those rectangle shapes you get with neat corners?

I try it two ways:

  • rolling it up then trying to tuck the ends in
  • folding the sides around the food mix and just turning it upside down in the vain hope of keeping it all in.

Anyway, have a look at my two attempts:
As you can see neither really work. On cooking both leaked. I think I overfilled them?
So my question is – any good wrappers out there want to share the knowledge?


10 Responses to “Wrap It Up Alice!”

  1. claire 09/02/2012 at 3:12 pm #

    I’ve never been able to wrap them properly, so instead serve the tortilla/flatbreads and all other ingredients at the table (sour cream, grated cheese, guacomole, shredded lettuce, lime wedges etc) and then my guests can take responsibility for their own disintegrating meal! What’s in your pan above looks perfect to me.

    Let’s be honest you can never have too much filling because the bread is, well, bland isn’t it? So let it all hang out I say, celebrate it dribbling in lucious, smokey drizzles down your chin.


    • Alice Can't Cook 13/02/2012 at 7:44 pm #

      Do you know what actually I am not sure why we have the bread anyway!? Your comment has just made me think I’d rather have the filling and the sauces than the wraps anyway…. Maybe next time I will! Thanks honey xxx

  2. bubbablue 09/02/2012 at 7:35 pm #

    Ooh Mexican, I love it, and thankfully my OH actually likes it too (unlike chinese, indian and anything else ‘foreign’). I do the ‘make it yourself’ style too. But I’m impressed you used all the individual spices. I tend to use Schwartz Fajita seasoning jars. Much easier and always to hand.

    • Alice Can't Cook 13/02/2012 at 7:46 pm #

      Oh BubbaBlue I have to confess I did use a spice mix, I just tried to explain what spices were going into the pan.
      Yes I love those created mixes and rubs. Also now taste so authentic! Why make more stress for yourself I agree!

      Thanks for reading…. x

  3. Bill Heron 10/02/2012 at 7:12 am #

    Relax-they look good to me. All eaten in seconds anyway.

    • Alice Can't Cook 13/02/2012 at 7:47 pm #

      Very true Bill, very true.
      And actually as above I might start giving up on the whole wrap thing anyway.
      Hope you’re well? xx

  4. Laura Williams 10/02/2012 at 8:33 pm #

    I have only just mastered the wrapping technique after puzzling over how to do it for many years, I watched someone behind a deli counter making a tortilla wrap. Its hard to explain without demonstrating but you basically put the filling in a long rectangle down the centre of the tortilla, fold the tortilla at the ends of the rectangle over the bottom and top of your filling and then while holding them down, you roll one side over the filling and roll it up. You can then cut them neatly down the middle and they (hopefully!) look like you bought them from the M and S sandwich dept!

    • Alice Can't Cook 13/02/2012 at 7:48 pm #

      Mmmm Laura! This sounds super, very easy but professional.
      I will certainly give it a go, Although have to confess thinking of giving the whole ‘wrap thing’ a miss next time I do Mexican!!!!

      Thank you so much for reading xxx


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