Sunday, May 6, 2007
cinco de mayo - week end buh-bye-o!
Okay, so we're a day late....but we've got the right idea. May 5th is Mexican Independance Day and everyone is a bit latin on Cinco de Mayo. To celebrate we decided to make fish taco's.
Let me give you a bit of background to this post....Mony went to Seattle 4 years ago on business. He came back raving about the city and especially a memorable lunch he had at a little Mexican restaurant near Pike Place. He had (for the first time) fish taco's. And ever since then, he brings up this meal about twice a year. Tonight I decided to win some points by recreating this memory.
I started by making some homemade salsa. Yes, it would be easier to just run out to the store and buy a bottle of El Paso, but then would I ever be able to say that I made homemade salsa?? It was easy and tasty...just chopped tomatoes, garlic, coriander, a bit of onion, and mexican inspired spices like cumin, salt, black pepper, and chili flakes.
Guacamole also made a special addition. I used the typical ingredients....avocado, tomato, onion, garlic, and lime juice. S&P to taste.
The main player in this dinner was a whole, fresh tilapia. It was marinated in lime juice, garlic, onion powder, and black pepper. I also stuffed a few slices of lime in the cavity of the fish for good measure. Mony grilled it for about 8 minutes per side and it was perfectly done.
The end result was a delicious mixture of grilled veggies, moist fish, and spicy condiments...all bundled up in a thin, whole wheat tortilla. The perfect way to wrap up a busy week....
And the money shot....
Wait for it.....