Today Dave made me his famous delicious nachos. I've had them before when he's brought them to parties. They make great party food and I must have the recipe. He invites me over for lunch and as I arrive he's halfway through making them...
Me - So Dave tell me how you've made the nachos.
Dave - I make it in layers and the first layer is just the plain nacho...nacho..you know, corn nacho. Then I layer in some avocado, some boiled egg, today I'm putting in something special from the garden - courgettes because they are available now so I steam them a bit then put them in with some mushrooms oh and I put some spring onion in and some olives, the pimento olives I've used today. I put some pine nuts in as well.
Then I top it with some salsa mix then add an orange cheese, Leicester cheese. So I put two layers of that down then it all goes in the oven. You can put in different types of olives if you like but today I'm using pimento.
This one I'm making more tastier.
Its nice when you serve it with something else so today I'm serving some corn and some garlic bread with cheese. Since I don't eat cheese I put a special cheese on the garlic bread so I can eat that, and that's it!
Me - Looks tasty!
Dave - So it becomes almost like a meal. It can be seen as a meal.
Me - So many layers.
Dave - its two layers. You gotta use a good nacho. I tried the cheaper ones but they get too soggy so I switched back to the more expensive ones. If you wanna add spice to it you can but you gotta be careful with how it will mix with the other ingredients. The cheese is important you don't want to use one that won't fit in with salsa.
Me- so how long are you going to cook it for?
Dave - til the cheese melts. It goes in the oven.
Me - So whilst that's cooking why don't you tell me a bit about yourself?
Dave - I used to watch my mother cook all the time and so that's where I picked up my interest in cooking. I enjoy it. I eat better if I cook for other people as well.
Me - Where were you born?
Dave - I was born in Chicago, Illinois. I grew up here, came here to study.
Me - What year did you move here?
Dave - 1980 I studied psychotherapy and developed teaching methods for teaching science and other subjects
Me - When was the first time you made nachos?
Dave - Oh for my kids with my family
The nachos come out with the cheese melting through the layers and looking delicious and Dave cuts into it like a pie and gives me a 'slice'. It's delicious! What I love about this recipe is its versatility. You can use pretty much whatever you have in your cupboard/ fridge and everyone loves them. Plus there's lots of healthy veggies in there so it makes a very good lunch alongside salad or corn on the cob as I had today. Its wonderful party food. I think I might make it for a movie night in with friends. Thank you Dave for the recipe, interview and for cooking for me!