Christmas Count Down …14 – Home made corn tortillas (and plain flour)
Do you tell your kids that there is a Santa Clause?
In Iceland we have 13 santas, we call them jólasveinar – yule lads. They are weird little guys. 13 days before Christmas they start coming to town, one every day (they live up in THE mountains, where ever that is… : ) )
Kids put their shoe in the window before going to bed (starting when the first guy comes to town, 13 days before xmas) and when they wake up the yule lad left a gift in the shoe. But if a kid has been naughty they get a rotten potato. My mom had to tell me theses lads were just a made up fairy tale because I didn´t like those crazy guys in my bedroom while I was sleeping. They are loud and annoying.
Now, I have a 3 year old and I am telling her about those yule lads, and I can not lie to her that they really exists I guess I will tell her it´s a fairy tale. Do you think that´s terrible? Do you think it´s important for a kid to think that 13 weird creepy guys really exist when they do not? For me it is not a fond childhood memory, we don´t have a sweet fat guy for a santa. Did I tell you about those yule lads mother, o my o my. She is terrible. She eats children. So, should I really lie to my daughter that Gryla exists? Gryla, that´s her name, eats children? If she will believe that the lads exists their mother comes with that package.
Telling or not telling…For me I look at it through my experience of knowing they are a good story and I love it. I enjoyed the yule lads when I was little more knowing that they were just a good story. I got sweets and gifts in my shoe, but I knew it was my mom who put it there. I really liked that and when I was little I thought I had a really nice mom giving me those nice things in my shoe when the rest of kids thought they were getting gifts form 13 creepy looking lads.
You can read about the yule lads here and there you find the photo of them in a larger format for further reading to see if you´d tell your kids these guys are real…
Before I talk about food lets open window number 10
I found a method to make the tortillas soft after heating them on the stove. I did what I do when I make Icelandic flatbread. After cooking the flatbread/tortilla I dip it in to a bowl of cold water and from there in a tea towel.
- 2 cups masa harina
- 1 1/4 cup water
- Pinch of salt
Mix everything together. Make balls from the dough, golf ball size. Flatten. Bake on a dry skillet. Dip the tortilla in water and then keep under a moist tea towel.
This is a great video on how to make tortillas.
My favorite toppings on a tortilla is home made tomato salsa, avocado, arugula creme fraiche and ground beef that I spice up with fresh garlic and chile pepper, fresh cilantro and salt. (I usually write chile pepper instead of chili pepper…I guess it´s the Spanish version.)