Sunday, July 8, 2012

Fish tacos with baja cream sauce and cabbage slaw

These. were. amazing.  I sorta compiled this recipe from different places over time.  Let's make them.  This serves 6-8.  I halved it.  We still had wayyy to much.  So plan accordingly.  You can make everything ahead of time, except for cooking the fish, so this is really great for company too.

Serve with corn tortillas (warm them in a 300 degree oven while you are cooking the fish), fresh jalepenos or salsa, and cheese.  A note on cheese: if I could have found cotija cheese I would have used it on these... it would be a great addition... but alas, there is only one store in the greater Albany area that has this and it is far away.  So.  Here we go.

Baja Cream Sauce

1/2 cup mayo
1/2 cup sour cream
2 Tbs. fresh lime juice
1 tsp. (packed) finely grated lime peel
pinch salt.

Mix all that together. Refrigerate.

Chipotle Cabbage Slaw

OK so the ingredients were OK on this but the recipe I used last night was WAYY off.  It was way too salty, too much lime, and lacked sweetness.  So I fixed it by adding honey, and a ton more cabbage.  Instead I am going to give you the recipe I have used before, which is way better.  I only did not make it because I did not have chilis in adobo, and because I was curious about this other one. 

2 tsp. finely chopped chipotle pepper in adobo sauce (WEAR GLOVES!)
1/2 cup mayo
2 Tbs. honey
1 Tbs. lime juice
1/4 pound shredded white cabbage (about 1 cup)
1/4 pound shredded red cabbage (about 1 cup)*
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
1/4 cup finely chopped green onion

*I use all red cabbage and omit the onion because Brandon's not a huge fan.  

1.  Combine chipotle pepper, mayo, honey, lime juice. Stir well.
2.  Add cabbage, onions and stir to combine.  Season with salt to taste.  Refrigerate.


2 cups buttermilk
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
3 Tbs. hot pepper sauce
3 tsp. coarse kosher salt, divided
1 Tbs. fresh lime juice
2 pounds skinless sea bass, halibut, talapia, catfish, or striped bass fillets, cut into 1/2 inch strips (I prefer catfish, but used talapia last night and it was great)

Flour and/or cornmeal for coating
Oil for frying

1.  Combine marinade ingredients.  Add fish; toss.  Cover and chill for at least 1 hour and up to 3 hours.

2.  When you are ready to cook the fish, make sure the oven is preheated to 350 and the tortillas are in there, wrapped in foil.  Mix together some flour and cornmeal (I use both, but you could make do with just one or the other).  Heat an inch of oil (I used vegetable oil) over high heat.  Working in batches, remove fish from marinade, dredge it in the flour, and fry it until a golden brown, turning occasionally, about 4 minutes.  Put any cooked fish in the oven on a towel lined platter to keep warm. 

(I let the man do the frying)...

When fish is done, you are ready to eat!  Put out the tortillas, baja cream sauce, slaw, cheese, fish, and whatever else you desire and assemble at the table. 

This taco has a halo!  Weird.


Eat it!


On being American, eating well, gardening, and other stuff

Hi everyone! Sorry it has been so long! I have missed doing this and have a lot to cover for one Sunday afternoon but I am going to try to hit all the weeks highlights!

First, there was July 4th.  We practiced being good Americans.  First we went for a hike in a preserve in the nearby village of Rensselaerville.  The hike takes you past two waterfalls and up to a really pretty lake.  It is short and not too strenuous which is good because as most of you probably experienced, by noon that day it got HOT.  Check out the pics!

I thought those roots were pretty amazing... and that last pic is on the porch of a cabin that we found out there. .. it was boarded up but it was cool.

Later in the day we went to Dinosaur BBQ in Troy for a beer... first we passed this AMAZING store on the way there...

The TROY PORK STORE.  I love this.  I absolutely must go back.  Anyways... we went to Dinosaur BBQ for a beer before the baseball game...

Brandon ordered us some fried green tomatoes... YUM!

(isn't he so cute?) We sat and looked out on the water...

This was nice.  Then we headed over to see the Albany ValleyCats play a game!  It was a great time!  They have a nice stadium, small, cheap tickets, good people and lots of fans... good concessions too... we had a healthy meal of peanuts, french fries, hotdogs, and ice cream... awesome.

FUN!  So that was the 4th.  And that my friends, is a good holiday.  Oh and no, we did not last (or I did not I should say) until the fireworks... I had to go home and sleep so I could get up at 4:45 to go to the gym on Thursday... because yes, I am crazy.  So.

This weekend was good.  Friday night I came home after a good first week back at work.   We had crab canape as an appetizer.  This is my FAVORITE appetizer.  I have it only when I am super happy... for friends... or to celebrate a first week of work... or just because... and we had it on homemade sourdough bread! YUM.  Which I set to rise on Thursday night and Brandon baked for me on Friday morning (he's a keeper huh?!)...

Love it.  Fresh dill from the garden.  Perfecto.  And that is the cutest tray! I got that at IKEA a couple years ago.  Anyways.  Saturday I got up at 5:15... (yeah... on a Saturday... ) to go run my 9 miles with my running group.  It was not that enjoyable this week because it was REALLY too hot for a long run, even so early.  But it was good to be finished by 7:30 and I still ran under a 9 minute mile which is pretty great.  And afterwards I went out to breakfast with about 15 people from the group.  It was a lot of fun...

BUT something horrible happened while we were sleeping Friday night... The squirrels went totally ape****crazy on Brandon's bird feeders!  They somehow destroyed them BOTH.  This is so so awful.  We hate these piggy squirrels... Look at this!


Isn't that sad??

OK so you are probably wondering why the bird feeders look like a federal penitentiary with the barbed wires and all?  Well, that is yep, you guessed it, because of those greedy squirrels!  They were eating all the bird seed (even though Brandon generously left some for them on the ground) so Brandon gave in and put up barbed wire... to no avail... so he spent time building that cool thing you see there in the last picture out of old coffee cans to keep them out.  So he did this as an experiment on the big feeder, but hadn't gotten to the small feeder yet... so what did the squirrels do? They climbed the small one and JUMPED to the big one and in the process sent both crashing to the ground in pieces.  Not too smart and not too cool either if you ask me...  Pigs.  Anyways... he is going to try to fix them. I hope he does. 

Otherwise, Saturday was about food.  I made Cowboy Cookies.  My favorite!!

I forgot to take step-by-step pictures of these (I'm sorry! Lack of sleep) but you can find the recipe online here if you want it.  I think these are the best! They are chewy and have chocolate and oats and pecans and coconut and yeah, pretty much amazing... (it is actually Barbara Bush's recipe... this is a shame but... I guess they did something right?... at least she did...).

Then we had fish tacos for dinner with a baja cream sauce and cabbage slaw...

These were excellent!  And I am going to post the recipe right now! The only said thing was that I was finally going to get to use my tortilla press to make some corn tortillas... but for this you need masa harina... and Brandon went to the grocery store and got harina de mais... and yes, these are apparently vastly different things, the former being a corn flour and the latter being a polenta... so no home made tortillas this time... next time!

And of course, no post is complete without some pics of the little Lupa....


Oh, and a few of the garden!  Which is doing so well!  Today I worked in it for a couple hours... pulled out the peas which were done and now it is a little naked looking but still awesome.  The tomato plants are really growing!  And the cabbage and melons and peppers!

OK that is it!  I think I got it all!  I am spending the rest of the afternoon relaxing (after my food posts!) and then making a Marcella Hazan pasta tonight with mozzarella, tomato, eggplant, basil... it should be yummy.  Until next time!

-- Anya