Sunday, October 9, 2011

Cinnamon Tortillas and How to Posion your Family-Vegan Mofo Day 9

We made this enchilada dish last week. It was quite labour intensive, because I had to cook up dried black beans, make corn tortillas, and make the enchilada sauce, cook some vegies and then ensemble and bake. I used a few different recipes but probably not worth sharing them because in addition to poisoning us it also didn't taste particularly nice. I thought everything was going to plan, until I served it and discovered that the black beans weren't cooked enough. When I tasted them I must have just tasted a few of the smaller or cooked ones as they were fine, but it was only noticeable once it was served. Toby and I ate a small piece each and then a few hours later started to get horrible stomach pain and nausea which unfortunately lasted for days. It can be quite serious too, particularly with red kidney beans, read more here. So make sure all of your dried beans are properly cooked before eating! I think we will be sticking to canned beans for a while.

The one good thing that did come out of the whole ideal was making dessert tortillas with the leftover tortillas:

Cinnamon Tortillas
1 T Margarine
1 t cinnamon
1 t sugar
2 Corn Tortillas

Sprinkle sugar and cinnamon on each side of the tortillas. Melt margarine and fry tortillas on both sides and then serve with ice cream.


  1. Yikes -- glad you guys have recovered! Good to know that improperly cooked beans can make you sick; I certainly did not realize that. And your dessert tortillas look great!

  2. Oh no! I'm glad you're feeling better now.

  3. oh no - I've heard that under cooked kidney beans can make you sick but that sounds far more severe than I would have imagined.

    Glad you salvaged some cooking cred with the dessert - looks great

  4. that's so horrible that you got sick from the beans! i didn't know that was possible :/ luckily, you were still able to make these delicious cinnamon tortillas ;)

  5. I didn't know undercooked beans make you sick. Some of my fava beans were slightly underdone last week but we didn't feel ill from them thankfully. Will keep this in mind for future. Your cinnamon tortillas sound really nice.

  6. I had no idea you could get that sick from beans, thanks for the warning!

    And what a shame because the enchilada dish sounds great and the cinnamon tortillas are a good idea!

  7. That is awful.. I made myself sick with undercooked pinto beans, using a "no soak" method.. I ended up cooking the darned things for abotu 6 hours in the oven, eating them at various stages, hoping they were cooked enough, and they weren't.

    I had so much stomach pain and felt so sick, and then I left them in their own broth for a day in the fridge, thinking they would soften more - and ate them THE NEXT NIGHT!! Duh.. anyway, they made me sick again. Now I have a pressure-cooker and that's the only way I'm gonna cook em!