Pingo doce – Tempero para Frango

When a friend of mine travels abroad, I am mostly given a little culinary present when they return.

This time it was Heni and Suhi – and they went to Portugal for a couple of days. And the present was two little things, one of them a Pingo doce product, the so called Tempre para Frango. Well, I don’t speak Portuguese, so I could only use Google translate to figure out what that was – and obviously I had started to use it prior to figuring out what that is.

Anyway, that’s how it goes, so I used it a couple of times as a spread on my morning sandwiches. And on tortillas for lunch.

pingo doce
Sauce on tortillas

And I wasn’t really satisfied. It is too salty, it is supposed to be mixed with garlic – and it is, only that kind of plastic the whole flavour. Then came the idea to translate it with the translator – and I realized that it was seasoning for chicken. Continue reading


Tortillas – third round & Estonia-England

So, it seem like I can only move in the kitchen as the team I watch on telly is doing – and that doesn’t mean anything good to my tortillas. Because England were really poor the day before – exactly like my tortillas.

Yesterday meant the third try with cooking this thing – and I don’t really want to talk (write) about the first two. Just to remind me my foolishness – the first time I did not check the paper bag and used pastry flour instead of the all-purpose one, and I suppose the second one was just not good enough.

Then I read something about a special mixture the Mexicans use to prepare their proper tortillas – masa harina. So I bought a bag of that. And found the easiest recipe to start with – needed only masa harina and hot water to knead.

Anyway, I can’t say that this was worth the try, ’cause only my daughter was a bit satisfied with the result, but a good step on the road.

I used the recipe as it was written, nothing more added.

  • 1 3/4 cups masa harina
  • 1 1/8 cups water

After mixing I was supposed to divide the whole thing into 15 equal size balls. Well, I don’t know what the creator supposed, but from those balls I could only make 3-inch tortillas. Unfortunately I don’t have a tortilla pres, so I had to use a rolling pin – and that I don’t really use very often, so we are not that close friends. (And I need to buy a proper board for the job, too.)

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(Mostly) equal-size balls

So, then I used three balls for one tortilla, and that was a bit better – not too thick but not too thin, I could wrap them (not that easily but that’s a step forward…) – but the edges were still cracked and ragged. Partly because I wasn’t able to use the rolling pin and could not flatten the balls. Continue reading