Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Best Fish Tacos You Will Ever Eat

The best fish tacos you will ever eat, you will eat at La Fonda Latina in Atlanta.  However, you can attempt to replicate them and get sort of close, if you follow the instructions in this blog post.

Unfortunately, you will have to visit the real La Fonda for the rooftop patio, the perfect frozen margaritas that are just the right balance of sweet and tart and frothy-frozen with a rim of crunchy salt…. ahhh, I want to be there now – and the salsa: the best salsa anywhere but it’s so, so simple.  It must just be tomatoes, onion, garlic, jalapenos, cilantro, salt, and sugar… but I’ve never had it anywhere else and I haven’t been able to replicate it.

Their beans and rice are also delicious, but I think my own rice is pretty darn good if I do say so myself.

Anyway, here’s as close as we’ve come to La Fonda fish tacos.  As we continue to unravel the mystery, we’ll keep you posted.

Fish Tacos
- soft flour tortillas, warmed gently in the microwave with a damp towel
- tilapia or salmon, hot-pan-seared quickly with a little butter and spices (?)
- shredded lettuce, diced tomato, and a token bit of shredded purple cabbage
- special sauce… mmmmm – mostly sour cream, some mayo, a squeeze of lime, and a generous pile of diced pickled jalapenos and their juices!

That special sauce is KEY.  If you don’t have pickled jalapenos, forget it!

We have these once a week, at least, at La Fonda, with frozen margaritas and chips and salsa.  I want to go there right now!

Made at home or on a beach trip, I think it’d be nice to have the men grill the fish outdoors so that’s one less thing I have to worry about!

Pizza Night!

I think we’ve started our own little tradition!  Pizza night on Sundays.  It’s really easy to make the pizza dough in advance and freeze it, so you have homemade pizza whenever you like.  I use Gwyneth Paltrow’s recipe, which you can get a variation of here, or here.  The crust turns out so well you can top it with the simplest of things, and the pizza will be delicious.

Our pizzas here are topped with A) olive oil, mozzarella, homegrown tomatoes, and salt & pepper and B) olive oil, caramelized onions, olives, and anchovies.  Both tasted perfect.

There's something really fun and special about homemade pizza for dinner!

Masala for Crispy

Chris had been talking about potato cauliflower curry (or aloo gobi) for weeks.  But I kept getting distracted by homegrown tomatoes (heck if I’m going to cook those things down! we had them as sandwiches, with fresh creamed corn, and sliced on homemade pizza instead) and other cravings that weren’t hot, spicy curry.  It is summertime, after all!

But I did have potatoes from momma’s garden, sitting there waiting and starting to whither.  And I do love my Chris.  So last night I made him not only potato cauliflower curry, but homemade banana naan to go with it, even though we had a package of storebought garlic naan.  That’s how much I love him (and cooking).

And even though my naan didn’t meet my expectations exactly (I’ll have to try it again, since it is super quick to make), it’s a good thing I went for homemade because we tried the storebought naan and Chris declared it disgusting, after saying mine was yum. J

Buffalo Tempeh Salad from Little House of Veggies

Morgan's vegan recipe for buffalo tempeh salad and ranch dressing is really packed with that satisfying buffalo flavor for those of us obsessed with all things buffalo.  The ranch dressing recipe is perfect, too.

Just make sure to toss the crispy, oven-baked tempeh in the sauce just before eating.  Also, because there's so much rich flavor in one dish - the buffalo sauce, avocado, beans, and ranch dressing - a little serving of this filled me up.