Everyone’s favorite …

… well, except for D’s. He doesn’t like it and I’m trying  not to let it hurt my feelings.

Ask any of my friends and they will tell you their favorite dish of mine is Mango/Avocado Salsa. It has a bit of everything in it, it’s sweet, spicy and savory. I can eat it by the spoonful, with tortilla chips and quite fabulously … shrimp tacos. You can make it as spicy as you like, I like mine to give me a kick in the pants.

Mango/Avocado Salsa - YUM!

Mango/Avocado Salsa
2 large avocados
2 medium mangos
1/2 cup minced red onion
1/2 cup minced red bell pepper
1 or 2 minced jalapeno peppers
Juice of one lime
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1-2 tsp cayenne pepper

Mix together all the ingredients and serve fresh. I love it with shrimp soft tacos as seen in the picture.

No reason really . . .

I haven’t posted in a while not because I haven’t been cooking but I simply haven’t done anything new or inventive. Until today that is. I am feeling a bit overwhelmed by my lack of employment and lack of direction . Movement in general is always good I realize, I simply don’t know what direction to move. It seems to me a destination should be in mind but I don’t have one yet. I’m feeling quite useless and that’s not good. When I’m in the kitchen there are results, there are rewards. Rewards for me and for D. I am also missing my friends and wishing I had some here. The few ladies I have reached out to have not reached back. I suppose you can’t make people be friendly. I don’t know what they’re going through and perhaps they find me unsavory. Anything is possible.

Now, on the my inventiveness. Tonight I made fried fish with corn muffins. That in of itself is nothing extraordinary, I realize that. What makes it so for me is that I didn’t follow a recipe in putting the muffins together. I simply went off of memory and experience. I love that. They were moist, slightly sweet, tender and just amazing with butter and honey.  So, what’s in them? Let’s see now …

My own creation, baking is so much fun.

Dry Ingredients
In a large mixing bowl combine the following:
1 cup – white corn meal
1/2 cup – unbleached white flour
1/2 cup – whole wheat flour
2 tbsp – flax meal
1 tsp – baking powder
1 tsp – baking soda
1/2 tsp – salt

Wet Ingredients
In another bowl combine the following
1/2 cup sugar
6 tbsp melted butter (cooled)
2 eggs (one at a time and beat vigorously)
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup Greek yogurt

Once all the moist ingredients are together add 1/4 cup – wheat bran and let set for a few minutes. Gently combine the moist with the dry being careful not to over mix. Fill muffin pan and bake in a 400 degree, preheated oven for 20-25 minutes. Serve warm preferably with butter and honey. They’d be great with chili, fish, or alone. Yummy.

You know how the cooking shows are always touting panko bread crumbs? Well there’s a reason for that. They make what ever you are frying A-mazing! I fried flounder (I know not the ideal fish for frying but it’s what I had on hand) with panko and yum-mee! It’s so easy too. Just dredge  your fish in seasoned flour (cayenne, garlic and onion powder, salt and pepper) then dip in a egg/milk bath and finally dip again in the panko crumbs. Fry in grapeseed oil (it has a very high smoke temp so it will brown your fish quickly). Serve with HOME-made tartar sauce (mayo, capers, shallots, sweet relish, worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, white vinegar) and voila! Tasty goodness in under 30 minutes.

Tell me if you try it. I’d love to know what someone else thinks!