Leap Day Taco Party!!
|taco double dutch|
Have a Leap Day Taco Party, of course!
Two great tastes that taste great together!
|taco plate of beauty and glory.|
so many colors! flavors! textures! nutrients! tasties!
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|Fresh Corn Tortillas (left) ~ and ~ Fresh Plantain Tortilla (right)|
As the leap taco hostess, I put myself in charge of making tortillas. Before getting this book, I had only made homemade tortillas once, and now I have done it so many times, I'm starting to feel like a pro. The recipe in The Taco Cleanse is super easy and the tortillas are just delicious. In honor of my commitment to a taco-rich lifestyle, I went out and bought two important items: A Tortilla Press and a Tortilla Warmer. The tortilla warmer (seen on the left) is pretty neat, but not significantly more effective than a piece of tinfoil. The tortilla press, however is LIFE-CHANGING. Oh man! Before this I've been pressing a giant soup pot down on my masa blobs to make tortillas. It works, but it's kind of exhausting. With my new tortilla press, I jammed my way right on through a double batch of tortillas in no time! I am IN LOVE. No going back. Plus, it was only $18 at the Latino market here in town. 100% worth it and highly recommended.
|i love love love my new tortilla press!|
This party also gave me a reason to tackle the Plantain Tortillas! This recipe caught my eye the very first time I flipped through The Taco Cleanse. The ingredients are: plantains, water, salt. That's it!! But they are actually really easy to make and they taste amazing and they are so much fun and feel so special. I'll definitely make them again. I want to figure out which fillings in the book are best complimented by the plantain taco - this was a source of great discussion and concern at our taco party! ha ha.
One thing you just gotta have at a Leap Taco Party is a giant vat of refries bigger than anyone's head. Luckily, my pal PS is a super maestra of refries so she offered to make these. They were just perfect - the right amount of creamy, smashed beans with whole perfectly cooked beans.
|taco high dive|
|Grounding Sweet Potato Fries|
PS and her partner also brought a huge batch of the Grounding Sweet Potato Fries, which were so good. I always buy the orange ones, which I guess are technically called yams. These fries are oven-baked, and nicely seasoned with an array of spices. I ate many of these little gems. This is one of the recipes I hadn't made yet from the book, but I'll definitely make them again. They're great in the tacos and also as a side snack.
|Soy Curl Fajitas|
For "main dish" fillings, I made a big batch of the Soy Curl Fajitas. This is one of my favorite recipes in the whole book. The whole thing takes about 25 minutes to make and it's super delicious, full of wow-power, and super spicy (at least, that's how I make it). It's so good and easy and perfect.
|Blue Corn Chip-Crusted Tofu|
*side note - taco party is pretty much GOLDEN for the gluten-freebies out there. Two of my beloved guests are gluten-freebies and there wasn't one thing on this whole blog post that had gluten in it! Amazeballs! Highly recommended for delighting and pampering your gf pals (or your gf self!)
|Fruity Salsa ~ and ~ Bright Light Baja Slaw|
She also brought a big beautiful bowl of Bright Light Baja Slaw. I've made this recipe lots of times already but I feel like it's a must-have for a taco party. A crisp, limey red cabbage slaw adds color, crunch, and beauty to every taco it adorns!
|taco high jump!|
|Condiments Galore!!! Condiments make the taco leap party complete|
It's not a real Leap Day Taco Party until you've got so many taco condiments and sauces just like a real taqueria!
I made Regenerative Red Onions and Enzymatic Escabeche, plus lime wedges, sliced scallions, cilantro, and two of us brought Yellowbird Sauce (great minds think alike! ha ha!). I promise you, that pink color on those red onions is not from photoshopping my picture - the onions really do turn a glorious florescent pink color! I love that recipe so much. The pickled onions are super easy and add SO much to the taco experience.
It was my first time making the Escabeche, which was also super easy (10 minutes?) and fun and delicious. These pickled carrots, jalepenos and onions were a big hit!
|Tranquility Avocado Sauce ~ and ~ Essential Pico de Gallo|
Ms. K brought two of the Taco Leap Party's most essential dishes: Tranquility Avocado Sauce and Essential Pico de Gallo. Honestly, I could just eat these two things with a bowl of beans and some corn tortillas and still consider it a pretty kick-ass taco party.
The Tranquility Avocado Sauce is kinda my new thing. I mean, it's so good that I kinda don't need to make guacamole anymore. Yeah, I said it. I LOVE this recipe.
And Pico de Gallo is one of the best things ever. This recipe is straightforward and perfect. I love making homemade PdG, but I especially love having my friend make homemade PdG and bring it over to my house! ha ha.
|Drinks drinks drinks!|
|Tacos, Glorious Tacos!|
|Horchata Rice Pudding & Organic Strawberries|
*** Taco Yoga Instructional Video ***
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