Burning-Mouth Fogging-Glasses Painful Spicy Fajitas

I’m from South Louisiana and I like spicy food. Cliche, I know, but I don’t just like spicy food…I like painfully spicy food. No, I don’t have a death wish and I’m not a masochist, but spicy foods provide me with an adrenaline-pumping shot to my entire being that makes me feel alive and happy. I always know I’m at the right heat level when my glasses fog up. My dining mates find it funny to watch when this occurs, but it’s hard for me to see them laughing at me through my completely fogged up glasses or hear them laughing over the sound of my pounding heart, so I don’t mind.

My favorite food is Mexican, and Mexican food also happens to be one of the most vegan-friendly foods (when you replace or remove the cheese, sour cream, butter, lard, and meat, of course). With Mexican, you can easily add avocados and/or use a cheese or sour cream substitute to give any dish a creamy taste, as I did with this recipe. You also can add some type of umami flavor to replace the flavor that animal meat would add such as mushrooms, soy sauce, vegan steak sauce, and vegan Worcestershire sauce (regular Worcestershire is normally made with anchovies).

I discovered a love for cooking after I stopped following recipes. So, no recipe, and I can’t really tell you how much of each thing I put in it. It’s more fun and liberating that way. You don’t even have to keep reading at this point. Just go in the kitchen, saute vegetables of your choice, and then put it in a tortilla with toppings of your choice. Easy.

My no-recipe recipe:

Please note first, I like my vegetables cooked very, very, extremely well and caramelized for fajitas. This is a personal preference and not recommended, but does explain the very dark color of my fajita “meat”.

How I made it:

Added coconut oil and olive oil to a cast-iron pan. I ended up adding more of both oils as it cooked, but don’t get crazy like me because I added more than necessary on accident.

Sauteed onions and chopped peppers (Used multi-colored bell pepper pieces, jalapeno pepper, habanero pepper, anaheim pepper, and canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce). I didn’t discard any of the seeds of the peppers except for the anaheim pepper because it’s not a spicy pepper so I didn’t see the point.

Added spices including cumin, garlic powder, paprika, ancho chile powder, salt, and pepper.

After this cooked down and began to caramelize, I pushed it to one side of the pan, and then used the now free side to saute sliced portbella mushrooms in vegan Worcestershire, soy, and steak sauce. You can and probably should just do this in another pan, but I didn’t so I’d have less dishes to wash. Again, personal preference. I also added the same spices to the mushrooms for no apparent reason.

Fajita Meat
Fajita Meat

Heated up a tortilla on my gas stove burner. Heated up canned black beans.

Made guacamole by mixing one avocado with the juice of one lime (I really like lime. Do not add this much lime.) Added generous salt and chopped red onions.

Finally, I placed all the finished products on the tortilla and wrapped one side like a burrito for easy eating. (Added a bit of vegan sour cream and Tabasco’s Chipotle Hot Sauce on top before wrapping.)

Fajita Wrap Before Wrapping and Devouring
Fajita wrap before wrapping and devouring

 

Last thing I see before I lose my sight
Last thing I saw before I lost my sight

 

D….F’N….Licious

Veganism

I live a vegan lifestyle. Wait, don’t leave yet! I know it’s the dreaded word. I used to feel the same way. I heard the word vegan and I shut down and ran away. I couldn’t understand how someone could be so dumb to deny themselves delicious, life-altering, and deeply satisfying food. It was mind-boggling and I felt sorry for their lack of understanding of living a good life.

I have long considered myself a foodie, and others also have recognized my knowledge and passion for food. When I first made the change about three and a half months ago, my coworkers and friends laughed because surely I must be joking. Once they realized I was serious, they kind of backed away because surely I must be a having a mental breakdown or have been abducted by aliens or influenced by a cult. Finally, after a few weeks, it was accepted, but understood by everyone that this was a quick experiment, and it would be over soon, even with my insistence that I didn’t feel that way.

My family has taken it the hardest, but it’s understandable as they live in and I was raised in Southern Louisiana, where animal-based food is ingrained and celebrated in the culture. I moved to Houston over 6 years ago, so they blame the “big city” life for the change. My grandpa said my little personal protest won’t help anything, and how can I turn my back to the way I was raised, but he and other family members have now accepted it, even though they don’t understand it.

Every since my grandpa mentioned it being my “little personal protest” I realized he’s right. I know he meant one person can’t affect change, but I have to admit that I haven’t been extremely vocal about it (in order to not offend anyone or make anyone feel uncomfortable). However, it gets harder literally every day to hold in my relatively new realization and not tell the world about it in hopes that I can affect a greater change, even if it is just one person.

Hence, if this blog can reach just one person through a google search of a random topic, and change that person, this would be the ideal purpose of me taking the time to write this blog. It takes a lot of buildup to make the change, but once the connection is made, it can’t be undone (or rather, you don’t want it to be undone).

Refresh Reboot

This blog is for those who have a desire to continuously grow, learn, and develop on their life journey. This means to question everything, be open to change, and hold ideas to be theories rather than absolute facts.

This is what is means to refresh and reboot. Continuously refresh your beliefs and experiences, and if an idea strikes you so incredibly…you then can reboot.