I'm not going to attempt to advise you on how to make tortillas. That would be a bit arrogant for someone who has had a less than 50% share in making tortillas ONCE... But, I do want to prove to you that we did actually make some tortillas. The inspiration for our meal was a recipe in Yotam Ottolenghi's book "Plenty" (which I recently reviewed).
It wasn't as easy as we had hoped. For a start, making good tortillas really depends upon having the right sort of cornmeal or flour. We initially tried using polenta (fine corn meal), but we couldn't get the "masa" or dough to the right texture. It was either too crumbly or too sticky. Then we tried using plain flour, and had a lot more success.
We found the tortilla-press to be really easy to use, once we had established (by trial-and-error) how hard you need to press in order to produce tortillas of the right thickness. We used some cut-open plastic bags to stop the dough sticking. We felt that clingfilm was perhaps a bit too flimsy for this purpose.
We cooked the tortillas on an Indian "Tava" - basically a cast-iron sheet that you heat on a gas hob. We have had this thing since my days in the Army, when Jane was taught by the wives of our Gurkha soldiers how to make chappatis on it (the technique is very similar).
The end result was very pleasing! We ate the tortillas with a black bean paste, grated cheese, soured cream, and a salsa made from tomatoes, red onion, avocados and lime juice. Mmmmm!
[We left out the coriander / cilantro which is mentioned in the original recipe, because I'm allergic to it. If we had had any, we could have used parsley instead.]
Definitely worth the wait. We'll be doing this again...
And now just to prove that I can do it (thanks Ali from Mud Pie for shaming me into learning how to do this), here's a collage of the four pictures above, courtesy of Photobucket. A whole new photography avenue stretches out in front of me now...