January 17, 2017 3 Comments
My son Nicholas is 12 years old and often tells us about meals and snacks he enjoyed in his friends’ homes. Last month, when we were shopping at Target, he pointed out a package of sauce that was the exact type his friend’s mother had used on the delicious fajitas.
I told him I wasn’t going to spend almost $3 on a plastic pouch containing one meal’s worth of sauce. We could make it ourselves.
“Oh really Mom,” he said with a contemptuous eye-roll, “You don’t even know what it tastes like.”
“But you do,” I replied. “I will write down all the ingredients that aren’t preservatives. The first ingredient is the one used in the largest quantity, so I’ll start with that and reduce the amounts as I go down the list, and then you’ll taste it and tell me what it needs.”
He was very skeptical, but I held firm and did not buy the sauce. I brought home the list of ingredients.
UPDATE: I had not written down the name of the product: Frontera Classic Fajita Skillet Sauce.
This interesting sauce, although designed for Mexican food, contains ingredients I don’t associate with Mexican cooking: soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, fish sauce, tamarind paste, ginger, and thyme. I was curious to find out what it would taste like! I’d recently bought fish sauce so that we could try making our own pad thai, and we also needed tamarind paste for that. The only other ingredient in the fajita sauce that we didn’t already have in our kitchen was chipotle chili powder, which I was glad to buy. I found the fish sauce at the Korean store on our block, tamarind paste at an Indian food store, and chipotle powder in the bulk section at the food co-op. We finally made the sauce last week. Read more of this post