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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Costa Rican fish & cabbage tacos

Mmmm!  I really think I like these. A lot.

Puerto Rican taco

These tacos will be a nice addition to the taco rotation. They're pretty easy to make although made in several steps. There's a creamy sauce you use instead of salsa. The meat of course. And the slaw throws together rather quickly.
My 4 year old son couldn't get enough of the cabbage slaw.
He also enjoyed taking bites of the fish. Since the slaw made a lot that's pretty much what we have in leftovers from this meal. As I'd mentioned it was quick to make. Shred some cabbage, chop cilantro, dice tomato, mix with oil, vinegar, and sugar or honey. Yummy!
My husband commented the tacos were really good. He would like them made with chicken next time instead of fish. Fine with me! The meat is definitely interchangeable in this recipe.  I combined two different recipes to make my own.

Costa Rican Tacos

Cilantro Sauce:
1/4 C. Mayonnaise
1/8 C. finely chopped fresh cilantro
1 tsp powdered cayenne pepper
a liberal amount of fresh ground black pepper
Mix ingredients in a small bowl until well blended. Cover and refrigerate until serving.

Slaw:

1/4 cabbage sliced/shredded
1 part lemon or lime juice to 4 parts white vinegar
3 chopped tomatoes
2 Tbls cilantro
1 Tbls honey or sugar
Salt pepper to taste
1 Tbls olive oil
In a bowl mix all ingredients. Let stand for 10-15 minutes or refrigerate until serving.

Meat:

  • 1 lb of your favorite boneless, skinless meat (chicken, pork, beef or fish)
  • Freshly mined garlic to taste
  • Adobo seasoning to taste
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Lime or lemon juice to taste
  • 1 egg to dip fish in 
  •  bread crumbs to coat for frying
Season meat. If desired dip in egg and coat in crumbs. Cook until done. I cooked them in a skillet. Keep warm.

To serve, warm some corn tortillas. Slather on some sauce, spoon in your meat, and top with slaw. So tasty!


Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Another Italian Adventure

A few weeks ago I finally had my new baby! My sister came to watch my preschooler for a bit. While she was here we celebrated her birthday. She wanted Italian and I knew just where to turn: my favorite Italian cooking website, Rustico Cooking.

It was such a delicious dinner.

Cheesy pasta with tomatoes baked in foil packets. AKA Spaghetti al Cartoccio


Crisp focassia salad with peppers.

Chicken baked with fennel, olives and white wine. AKA Pollo con Finocchio, Olive e Vino Bianco

Finish it off with tiramisu. Oh, it was good!