Ending a busy day at work, I looked at the dark overcast sky from my window. It was grey and filled with puffy silver lined clouds. It had been raining the entire day and it looked like the rain had finally abated. The scene reflected the back of a New York City building, a door, step and the back of the building activity. There is a large tree, with a decent covering of leaves that serves as my weather and seasonal barometer. Today, it was freshly washed and the green leaves were swaying gently and spraying raindrops in the breeze.
I love the rain. This must have something to do with growing up in a tropical monsoon climate. I am notorious for not carrying umbrellas and leaving windows open when to allow the natural moisture in. As a child I enjoyed the rains with other children, getting wet, drying out and savoring comforting hot foods. Rain for me is like childhood, spontaneous and refreshing! This is a lot like the way my children enjoy the snow, running around and building snowmen.
Today seemed different, the grey skies felt heavy. I walked out, readily myself to cross the three blocks that get me to Grand Central Station, where the train takes me home. I climbed up to be greeted by pouring torrential rain. People were waiting for the downpour to abate, sensible travelers wearing black trench coats equipped with umbrellas walked out to tackle the downpour.
I knew I would be soaked, but I walked out anyway. Three blocks was enough to drench me completely. The five minutes of spontaneous activity was rejuvenating! It refreshed me, sped me through memory lane of playing as a child in the rain and back. Returning home, I wanted comfort food for dinner, thinking of grilled cheese sandwiches, I opted for quesadillas complete with my fruity salsa recipe.
I made them for the kids with just the tomatoes and for us added in finely chopped jalapeno peppers. If you are fond of pepper jack cheese, these quesadillas are for you. Melting cheese, crisp whole wheat tortilla that finish off with a nice pinch of fresh spice made for a perfect meal on a wet and cold weeknight.
A simple everyday recipe for Quesadillas, made very frequently in our house.
- 1 cup of grated jack cheese
- ½ teaspoon powdered cumin
- ½ cup tomatoes, diced
- 2 jalapeno peppers, minced
- Cooking Spray as needed
- 8 small 8-inch whole wheat quesadillas
- In a mixing bowl, toss the jack cheese, cumin, tomatoes and the jalapeno peppers.
- Place a skillet on the stove on medium heat. Spray evenly with the cooking spray.
- Place a tortilla on the skillet and cook for a few seconds.
- On one half of the tortilla, add some cheese mixture.
- Fold the other half over to complete a half moon shape and press down to cook and let the cheese melt.
- Turn over after one and a half minutes, the heat side down should be crisp and have pale brown spots.
- Cook the second side for a minute and place on the serving plate.
- Complete the remaining tortillas this way and allow about 2 tortillas per person.