quesadillas ingredients

No tengo dinero quesadillas

Or, ‘I have absolutely no money quesadillas’ if you prefer the less exotic English name.  I had to buy a new car last week. New cars are SOOOOO not cheap.  My beloved Betty is in the scrappie in the sky, – well she’s not, she’s on my drive but you get me.  I’m genuinely sad, you may think I’m crazy but that banger made me happy. It was a happy car, and it was so crappy everyone just sort of relaxed in it.  Anyway, my new car is shiny and not rusty, hopefully won’t try and kill me and has a VERY  LOUD stereo that actually works, so I can drive around like a teenage boy who’s just passed his test looking like a bit of a dick with his music too loud – good times. Erm, less than one week with me and my new car (who I’ve named Helen, I’ll tell you why one day) may have a bit of a scar from a VERY tight car park that I may have misjudged last night at a gig in Cambridge. Dick.

So this moment in time sees me pretty brassic.  A friend told me once that if you have milk and bread you’re not skint.  I have both, so I’m not exactly skint per se but if you’re looking for a loan of a fiver then keep walking my friend.  This is nobody’s fault but mine and my skewed monetary view.  The bills are all paid, I’m not that ridiculous, but say, buying a hoover (everyone needs a hoover, I know that) I muttered like an old hag all the way to the checkout, however, I have no problem whatsoever spending four times as much on French linen for my bed. Or a tight-as-hell vintage suede shirt (sooooo nice).  Or beautiful gig posters from San Francisco.  Or too many CDs and a wee bit of vinyl too.  Or Aveda stuff for my hair.  Or a new Mac lippie.  Or gig tickets and hotel rooms.   Or a MADE lamp for my living room (in my defence it was a total bargain).  Or a bottle of Bulleit for when your back’s against the wall and you need a straightener.

Necessity being the mother of invention means scouring the cupboards and fridge and getting creative with the remainder of the herbs, cheese and the 40p tin of mixed beans from good old Aldi.  I’ve cooked like this many hundreds of times in my life.  And sometimes that’s when you make the best food you’ve eaten in like, forever.

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Bean and Cheese Quesadillas

Serves 3-4
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 10 minutes
Total time 20 minutes
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Lunch

What you will need

  • 1 tin of mixed beans (in water - not sauce)
  • bunch spring onions
  • cheese - cheddar or feta, grated (As much as you like)
  • fresh herbs (I used thyme and parsley because that's what I had, mint would be great.)
  • pinch smoked paprika
  • half a lemon (pith and juice)
  • 1 clove garlic (finely chopped)
  • 4 tortillas


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Step 1 Drain the tin of beans and add to a large bowl. Using a fork mash them up, not to a pulp, but so that you can spread them
Step 2 Chop the spring onions and garlic, add to the beans
Step 3 Add the remainder of the ingredients. Season as you like
Step 4 Lay a tortilla out flat and spread the bean and cheese mix on half of it. Fold it over to create a half moon shape
Step 5 Warm a bit of olive oil in a frying pan add one of the folded wraps. Heat gently until the wrap starts to brown, flip over to cook the other side. Continue until you've cooked them all.
Step 6 Cut in half and serve straightaway.

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