Product Review: Casa Martinez Nopal Salsa! »
You all know I got into vegan blogging for the free stuff, so when Casa Martinez offered to send me some of their “fresh, all natural vegan” salsas to sample, I said, Yes please.
A little while later, I received this jar of Nopal flavor. It’s cactus. I love cactus! Tequila! Mezcal! Delicious! Jarred salsas aren’t my favorite salsas, but who am I to turn down free vegan food? Especially non-GMO vegan food that is new to the U.S. market.
To sample this salsa, I decided to make the potato-kale enchiladas from Veganomicon, and use the salsa instead of making enchilada sauce. There was enough in the jar to spread a thin layer on the bottom of the pan, and to thoroughly cover the 10 enchiladas I made. (It was a 10-pack of tortillas.)
I baked them a little longer than instructed, let them sit for five minutes, and served them with some vegan Chardonnay.
Result: Superfantástico! The spice was light, which I made up for by adding cayenne pepper to the filling. The flavors were delicate and tangy. I really enjoyed it! I rarely don’t enjoy enchiladas, though, but I thought the nopal made a good foil for the heavier, earthier potatoes and kale. I recommend it!
If you want to put Casa Martinez salsas in your face (and you probably do, unless you’re making nopal salsa at home), you can buy it at Bristol Farms in Southern California, and online.
Here is basically a reblogged press release because I WANT SOME SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA VEGANS TO ENTER AND WIN THIS BITCH! Plus! We can go to this one because it’s fucking salsa, HELL YEAH. But no guarantees some idiot won’t make bacon salsa. Actually, now that I type this, I know that it’ll for sure happen. WHAT CAN YOU DO? Oh that’s right, hate with an unbridled passion. Got it.
Take it away, press release!
SF Food Wars, in partnership with CUESA, is bringing The Great Salsa ChampionChip back this year at the height of tomato and pepper season! We’ll be showcasing 20 of SF’s most delectable salsas on Sunday August 21, 2011 at The Ferry Building.
The Call for Competitors is officially open to both pro and home chefs with the *best* salsas…and tickets go on sale next Thursday, August 4, 2011 at noon.
Please share this announcement with your readers as you see fit! Also reply with any requests to attend. We’d love to see you there and will happily comp you on our Press list.
As always, proceeds benefit the SF Food Bank and CUESA’s Farmer Scholarship Fund.
Want to eat?
Tickets (limited to 300) will go on sale on Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 12PM noon! The “Get Tickets” button on this site, sffoodwars.com, will appear when they go on sale. Limit 4 tickets per ticket buyer.
Want to enter?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with *all* of the following info to apply to compete: Your Name, Dish Name, Dish Description, Phone Number, Email Address.
You must be prepared to make a lot of salsa! Timeliness and enthusiasm are key because we will select our competitors within just a few days.
*Each chosen competitor will receive a $15 stipend for produce from the Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market which must be used in every salsa entry.
San Franciscans Jenn and Heather spent Christmas in Barcelona this year! For lunch, they made garbanzo bean and chorizo tacos with fresh salsa and homemade tortillas—all of it from scratch! Felices fiestas to you two, too!
Attention salsa-loving vegans: SF Food Wars wants you! »
The next round of SF Food Wars is going to be bigger and better than ever, you guys—the Great Salsa Champion-chip [sic] will be held on Sunday, Sept. 12 at the Ferry Plaza, and competitors get a $15 stipend to buy ingredients at the Ferry Building Farmers Market! Tickets for eaters cost $16 and go on sale this Monday, Aug. 16, a whole 300 of them this time (bigger space!).
To apply as a competitor, email SF Food Wars with the following information: name, phone number, and email address of entrant, and name and description of dish. And do it RIGHT NOW ASAP, places go fast. Be bold! Be daring! Make some damn salsa and win it for the legless kitty! Or personal pride, whatever motivates you.
The non-cooking rest of you can buy tickets at the SF Food Wars site beginning Monday at noon.