Posts Tagged ‘salsa’

Fiery Fish Tacos

October 21, 2008

I used to have a roommate who was terrified by fish. She couldn’t stand their bulging eyeballs and the shimmer of scales along its wet, slimy body. I imagine that she had nightmares about fish in the way some of us are terrified in our sleep by zombies, wild dogs . . . or clowns. However, she was okay with fish in stick form, though I never saw her eat any.

Fish don’t terrify me, but for the longest time I was afraid…of preparing fish. I was forever overcooking it, poking and prodding at it well beyond the “done when flakey” stage. However, I plunge forward with intrepidity because fish is not only delicious, it is also healthy.

Fish tacos were not first and foremost in my thoughts when I went in search of a fish recipes. The first time I became aware of them was when I lived in Tucson, Arizona, but back then it always sounded repulsive to me. What the heck is a fish doing in a taco? Staging a coup? Asking for directions? It seemed to me, wrong. But I believe in second chances and fish taco, I am sorry. I was wrong, terribly so. You deserve so much better.

Homemade crunch salsa for the fiery fish tacos

Homemade crunch salsa for the fiery fish tacos

This is yet another recipe I found at and adjusted for my own tastes and for the availability of items in my fridge.



Tomato, tomato

September 3, 2008
The kind of good that makes your head go whoo, whoo!

The kind of good that makes your head go "whoo, whoo!"

The end of summer brings with it a bumper crop of fine, red, ripe tomatoes. My neighborhood grocery store recently had a sale on locally grown tomatoes ($1.00/lb.) and being my mother’s daughter, I had to stock up. What a deal, and a tasty one at that!

Locally grown and bursting with flavor

Locally grown and bursting with flavor

These suckers were the reddest tomatoes I have seen on my 27 years on this green earth. They were fragrant and flavorful to boot. Cutting them open was akin to cracking open a cave of rubies (you know, the ones that exist in the imaginations of 8 year-olds).

This picture does not do it justice

This picture does not do it justice

There were a number of cookery possibilities before me. I knew, though, that I didn’t want to cook them. I wanted the tomatoes to retain their fresh-off-the-vine quality. My first though was SALSA! Matzo makes an excellent, excellent salsa, and so I thought to mimic her with a few adjustments of my own here and here. (more…)