Monday, February 16, 2009

I blame YOU, Tyler Florence!

Pregnancy has always brought (for me anyway) crazy CRAZY dreams. To add to the weirdness, I've been watching a LOT of Food Network lately. I watched Tyler make his Ultimate Chicken Enchiladas with Roasted Tomatillo Salsa and couldn't help but be intrigued by an ingredient I've seen in the store but never used - tomatillos. I looked up the recipe and even printed it out to add to my "to make soon" recipe pile. (That is one SERIOUSLY big pile of recipes. Somebody stop me!) Then I thought I sorta pushed all thoughts of tomatillos and enchiladas out of my head for a least until I could go to the grocery store and get the ingredients.

While I was printing the recipe out online, I checked out some of the comments to see what others said about it. Most people poopoohed Tyler's use of flour tortillas instead of the more traditional corn. They said that in most traditional enchilada dishes use corn and leave the flour tortillas for making burritos. I like flour but I resolve to try this recipe with corn if that's what the comments say should be done. Also, I bought a new spice just for making the yellow rice that accompanies this dish. Turmeric. I wonder what else I can use this new spice for. I HATE buying a spice if it's something I probably will not use again. It seems such a waste of space in my spice drawer and money too. I bet you I'll be doing an ingredient search for turmeric in the near future to find other uses for my newly purchased spice.

Fast forward to last night. I had a dream (dreamed? dreamt?) that I was cooking this recipe for my huge family. Only it turns out that now my family is Hispanic. I'm the only white girl in this whole entire family and they're all looking at me like "What's your problem? What do you mean you don't know how to husk and chop a tomatillo?" And yes, every other sentence included the word "tomatillo". I guess subconciously I love that word. Tomatillo. Say it with me now "tomatillo". Just rolls right off the tongue, doesn't it? :) My huge hispanic family then proceded to tell me how I'd better not even THINK of using flour tortillas in this dish, nevermind the fact that when I make tortillas I LOVE the way the flour tortillas get all lightly browned and slightly crunchy on the ends...YUM!!!

Anyway, I woke up from this very bizarre dream laughing at myself for being such a weirdo. I mean thankfully this dream was about something funny instead of the normal pregnancy-induced shoot-em-up, bloodbath dreams I usually have where everyone I love ends up being killed by some psychopath. I'll take dreaming about food and Tyler Florence anyday!

Here's the recipe that inspired my tomatillo love-fest dream:
You should make it. I know I'm going to. I'll be sure to post the results when I do. :)


Jen said...

oh had me giggling. Okay..first of all, I think it's dreamt. Not sure but that'll drive me nuts till I figure it out. :o)
And as for the pronounciation of Tomatillo...??? tomato-eelo? or tomma-tillo or what? I can't figure out HOW to say that word.

I will wait for your review on the recipe before I attempt please don't forget to share!

Amy said...

It's toe-muh-tee-yo. I think. I can say it but can't figure out how to spell it out. :)
Gotta wait til payday to go grocery shopping and then I'll be sure to make this recipe and post. It darned sure better live up to all the hype. There's LOTS of work involved and I sure have been thinking about it a while...even in my sleep! heehee