Fish Tacos

Fish Tacos: Marinated Cod with Guacamole and Red Cabbage Slaw on Home Made Tortillas

Fish Tacos

Fish Tacos

Having invited friends for dinner and wanting to spend a little more time cooking something special, I decided to have a ‘Mexican’ themed meal. Although I love to eat food, I’m not especially keen on cooking meals that have lots of steps. I’m a one pot wonder lover! 🙂

I decided try my hand at making my own tortillas, guacamole, and coleslaw to go with the tacos. So all in all, a lot more than one pot used! 😀

I cooked for 6 people, but there was plenty left over. So here goes…

Cumin and Lemon Marinated Cod

Cumin and Lemon Marinated Cod

  1. Fish

Ingredients

  • 500g white fish (I used cod, but any firm white fish works)
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • Salt and pepper

Method

  • Cut fish into big chucks, put in a medium bowl
  • Squeeze lemon juice over the fish, sprinkle over the cumin powder and salt and pepper
  • Toss the fish in the lemon juice and seasoning, then cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight
  • Take out an hour before cooking to allow the fish to come to room temperature
  • Grill the fish for 8 minutes in the oven (200 degrees C) or pan fry with a little oil until just cooked
Guacamole

Guacamole

2. Guacamole

Ingredients

  • 2 Avocados
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 2 tbs chopped coriander
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Method

  • Roughly chop the avocado and squeeze over the juice of the lime, ensure all avocado is coated in lime juice
  • Sprinkle cayenne, cumin and salt over the avocado, then mash it all into a chunky paste with a potato masher or fork
  • Add the tomatoes, onions, garlic and coriander and toss it all together until evenly distributed
  • Cover and refrigerate, take out an hour before serving to bring to room temperature
Red Cabbage Slaw

Red Cabbage Slaw

3. Red Cabbage Slaw

Ingredients

  • Small head of red cabbage
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • salt and pepper

Method

  • Finally shred the cabbage, squeeze over the lime and drizzle over the oil
  • Sprinkle over the salt and pepper, toss it all together until cabbage is well coated
Tortillas

Tortillas

4. Tortillas

Ingredients

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup warm water

Method

  • Mix all ingredients together and knead for about 5 minutes
  • Portion into 16 balls of dough and roll out each one into a small tortilla (6-8 cm)
  • Dry fry each tortilla, on a high heat, for a minute on each side (it may take less time so keep an eye on them!)
  • Keep the cooked tortillas covered with a clean tea towel so they keep soft
Fish Tacos

Fish Tacos

I served all the elements of this dish in separate bowls so the guests could assemble their own tacos.  I also roasted a tray of sweet potatoes to go with the fish tacos, the flavours seemed to work quite well!  Put some extra sour cream and chopped coriander on the table too. 😀

 

 

 

 

Mexican Night: Guacamole, Refried Beans, Salsa, Nachos and Buffalo Wings!

Mexican Night

Mexican Night: Nachos, Guacamole, and Salsa

April 2014 has flown by with little blogging activity from me. Apologies for my absence, however it was my birthday at the beginning of the month and the Easter bank holiday came and went, all in all it has been incredibly busy but so much fun! 🙂

I’ve not cooking a huge amount, and when I have I’ve been trying to take photos for the blog but not always with great success! So this meal was prepared for a night in with some friends to go with a few drinks…

One of the many birthday treats I had was to go to a ‘Latin American’ style restaurant where we started off with nachos and spicy chicken wings. This was my inspiration for this collection of nibbles, full of flavour and easy to eat with your fingers over a long evening of chatter with good company!

Let’s start with the Guacamole! I’ve never made it before, as it is only recently that I’ve eaten avocado. I’ve been informed that this was the ‘best guacamole ever tasted’, so a pretty good recipe!

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/guacamole-recipe.html

Guacamole

This recipe can be found here. I think the secret ingredient is the ground cumin which gives it a nice depth of flavour. Make it ahead so the flavours have time to melt into each other!

Then there is the Salsa!

Salsa

Salsa

This salsa recipe calls for one jalapeño chilli which I didn’t have but I only had pickled jalapeños so substituted that instead. My partner reliably informs me that this is similar to Afghan ‘Salata’. Another recipes that transcends cultures!

Cheesy Nachos

Cheesy Nachos

This is a fairly straight forward recipe for grilled nachos; tortilla chips topped with sour cream, jalapeños, refried beans and plenty of cheese!

Now for the chicken wings. I went with this recipe for Baked Buffalo Wings, as it was pretty straightforward and promised a crispy spiced finish.

Buffalo Wings Preparation

Buffalo Wings Preparation

The key to this recipe is leaving the coated wings in the fridge for at least one hour to dry out. I roasted them in two separate trays to ensure they weren’t over crowded.

Buffalo Wings

Buffalo Wings

Before baking, each piece is dunked into a an emulsion of butter and chilli sauce. Needless to say, they were delicious! Apologies for the terrible photo! 😦