Friday, 10 May 2013

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo with Discovery Foods

We eat a lot of Mexican food in our house. It is probably Red Rose Daddy's favourite cuisine and, as it is quite easy to cook, we eat fajitas, enchilidas or chili at least once per week.

I always enjoy trying to match our meals to various events happening in the world. Little Miss and Bud are too young to understand but I'm hoping that, as they get older, we'll be able to talk about each country, the food and why that day is special to the people of that nation. Cinco de Mayo is celebrated on the fifth of May (obviously) in Mexico and the United States and celebrates Mexican heritage and pride.

Our favourite Mexican range, Discovery Foods, kindly sent us a bag of products to help us celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year.

Discovery Foods Cinco de Mayo food

We recieved 'The Perfect Fajita Kit' (which includes tortillas, salsa and seasoning), a jar of Fajita Season and Sauce and their brand new product, Garlic and Herb Soured Cream.

As mentioned before, I usually use Discovery Foods when I'm cooking Mexican Food and I tend to use them as a basis for the meal, tweaking them as required.

On 5th of May we had friends round for dinner. I always feel like Fajitas is perfect meal for these occasions as it is sociable and sharing. I decided to use the Perfect Fajita Kit to create our Mexican feast.

Chicken Fajitas with Peppers, Onion and Portobello Mushrooms

For the Fajitas you will need:
The Perfect Fajita Kit from Discovery
4 chicken breasts
2 small, or 1 large onion
1 red pepper
2 portobello mushrooms
2 teaspoons of garlic paste or 2 cloves of crushed garlic
1 teaspoon of chili paste or 1/2 chili deseeded and finely chopped.
Half a can of sweetcorn
Can of chopped tomatoes

To serve:
Salsa (from the Discovery Kit)
Garlic and Herb Soured Cream from Discovery
Grated Cheese

I used my Tefal Actifry to cook my fajita mix but you can use a wok or a heavy bottomed frying pan.

1. Chop the chicken breasts, peppers and portobello mushrooms into strips. Finely chop the onion. Add all of these ingredients, and the garlic and chili paste to a hot pan (or into your Actifry) with some oil.

Discovery Foods Actifry Fajitas Ready to Cook

2. Fry until the chicken is cooked and everything is nicely browned (in the Actifry this took fifteen minutes), then add in the Fajita seasoning from the kit, the sweetcorn and a can of chopped tomatoes. Stir thoroughly if you are using a pan. You don't need to do this in the Actifry as it stirs it for you!

Discovery Foods Actifry Fajitas - Adding Seasoning, Tomatoes and Sweetcorn

3. Cook for a further 5-10 minutes, ensuring the ingredients are fully coated in fajita seasoning.

Discovery Foods Actifry Fajitas - fully cooked

4. Serve with the accompaniments.

Actifry Fajitas, Pineapple Salsa Discovery Foods Garlic and Herb Soured Cream and Grated Cheese

For Cinco de Mayo I decided to add fresh pineapple to the salsa included in the Discovery kit. This gave the  mix a sweetness and freshness that cut through the spiciness of the salsa beautifully. I will definitely try this again. 

5. Then roll your Fajitas however you prefer!

Discovery Foods Actifry Fajitas ready to eatDiscovery Foods Actifry Fajitas ready to roll

We really enjoyed the new Garlic and |Herb Soured Cream, it offered a new flavour to the typical soured cream we would use and I am pleased to see that it keeps in the fridge for up to a week once opened so it lasts longer than fresh soured cream too. I would definitely buy this again for our next Mexican meal.

Disclaimer: I received these products for the purpose of this review, all opinions are open and honest.