Monday, June 27, 2011

Well, Tonight It's Fish

Behold, Fish Tacos.
I used this marinade for the tillage.

For the mango salsa, I wrestled one ripe mango, diced up half of a red bell pepper, maybe 1/3 cup of red onion, some cilantro, the juice of half a lime and half a lemon, salt and pepper.

Mango, I'm sorry I publicly disparaged you today on Facebook. We're totally better together. Will you please give me another chance?

You changed my life tonight.

Or at least my fish taco.

Calvin and Silas both gorged themselves on fish and rice. Calvin declared the fish "creamy". And I do believe he meant it as a compliment.

You could thin-slice some red cabbage for these. That would be good. But I have arugula coming out of my ears, so I chopped that instead.

Peppery. Zingy. I had seconds.

Oh, this!

This is a picture of how it looks when I cook.

The island is always a mess. It is my bane.

I work around it.

I become one with the junk mail.

Earlier today I received this comment: You make the healthiest meals...have you always cooked this way or did you have to learn to eat healthy?

All I can say about that is, I just really like fresh stuff. I like gardeny stuff. I also like large bowls of Cookie Crisp at 10 pm or chips and salsa at 11. I don't think of myself as especially healthy. Also, these meals might look complicated, but they aren't. I was surprised at how quickly dinner came together today. Just some chopping and stirring together the marinate. Then rice (I am betrothed to my rice cooker) and Cory grilled the fish. The marinade and mango salsa were made earlier in the day, which probably helped.

Am I totally rambling here?

I am.

The moral of the story: Arugula + Lemon bars + chips and salsa + fish = Balance.

At least that's what I tell myself.

PS - I'm Pinteresting. Find me here, if you're into that sort of thing.


  1. Oh my, that fish taco looks delicious... and I think your cooking island looks remarkably civilized :)

    Did you cook the fish or serve it raw with the marinade? I've seen a few recipes of 'cooking' white fish, tuna or salmon in lime juice plus oriental toppings. I suppose you need really fresh (sushi-grade) fish for that but it could still be very tasty.

    Thanks for sharing. Fish tacos--I should try that sometime :)

    This Good Life

  2. I don't think I have ever posted on your blog. A friend send me here a few months ago and I have been reading ever since! Just wanted to say a big sarcastic "Thank You" for the amazingly delicious picture of your salsa smother fish tacos. I have, for the last 30 minutes since first reading this post, been trying to come up with a quick snack that will satisfy my now burning desire to get my hands on one of those tacos :)

  3. Ok, so true story. This girl with whom I went to high school posted on fb JUST YESTERDAY that she wanted to maje fish tacos today. I had never heard of such and asked my beloved, oh so innocently, if he'd ever had fish tacos. He cracked up laughing and wouldn't tell me why for the longest time. He turned 12. It was infuriating. But. After he finally told me why he was laughing, I decided not to google "fish tacos" for fear of what I might get. Just warning you that you might get some blog visits from some unsavory characters thanks to this post. But I'm glad for a better idea of how to prepare something more along the lines of, you know, what I had in mind.

  4. Looks delish! So glad you're pinning!

  5. What the heck does that mean? PINETREST? AHHH!!!
    I just recently spent an hour figuring out my feed burner, and now i'm scared, because I don't know what a bot is, but I think it sounds scary. HELP!

  6. You become one with the junk...sadly that's me too...most days! And, that mango...really? I'm not the only one?!
    Thanks for this bunch of realism!!!
    That's WHY I love ya'!

  7. mangoes are tough cookies. well fruit. I usually shun them and go for pineapple.

  8. If only my husband would eat fish...I have a whole stash of bass I caught this spring. *sigh*

  9. Fish tacos are one of my all time favorite things to eat. And with manog salsa.... well, my friend, that is perfection. The Mr. doesn't like mangos, so we usually just have them with a little pico de gallo. Looks super yummy though

  10. I am soooo hungry after reading this and its 9:55, is that too early to crave fish tacos? Nah! Anyways, I commend you for making delicious dinners sound so easy! U are a gift.. oh wait, u have a gift :-)

  11. okay. so i actually googled or you tubed how to slice a mango. It's much easier than you think. this is the video i watched. it's not of great quality but very helpful:) it will change your mango life!

  12. Oh my gosh...I just started pinteresting on Saturday. I am wayyy obsessed. Now following you ;-)

  13. I've been wanting to make fish tacos with some of the fish my husband has been bringing home. He's out fishing right now...maybe I'llhave to make a trip to the grocery store.

  14. that fish taco looks delish! i want one!

  15. i really love a good steak or crab {considering i have 2 lbs or more!} but usually when i want to go out to eat, i want fish taco's from taco del mar. i just love those. so yummy. it's the white sauce i love most...but yours look super good too! i'll have to file this recipe away; my father in law is a big time fisherman, so we always have lots of fish in the summer!

  16. oh those fish tacos look amazing!

  17. How did you know fish tacos are on our list of to-makes this summer?? Thanks for the tute - and the idea for the mango salsa....heavenly! I have been pinning like a crazy person - as if I need more time on the computer - look forward to seeing your boards :)

  18. Those look tasty and I don't even eat fish (though I am inheriting some for my freezer when my brother moves this week.) Maybe I will try this.
    I would also like to say I am slightly jealous of your island. Slightly.

  19. Hi there! Just found your site and L.O.V.E. it! Thanks for the recipes! My husband and my first "date" was over fish tacos and an episode of Heroes(actually it was when he told me he wasn't ready for a relationship after coming off of a bad break up, but God has a sense of humor and things worked out). =] Anywho, now that I've shared too much, I'm looking forward to surprising him with this recipe. Can't wait to read more of your posts! Thanks!

  20. oh, fish tacos are my favorite to make! don't they always end up looking so fantastically fresh and beautiful? so much color!
    mine have been naked without mangoes though! next time! i'm glad you two made up.

  21. There you go again, making me hungry. Mango?! Who woulda thought. Looks delish, as usual!

  22. so.....I'd say this looks like the fightin' with the mango was totally worth it.


  23. We have grilled fish tacos quite frequently around here. I will have to try the mango salsa (if I can pull myself away from my usual yogurt sauce.) I just signed up for a Pinterest account this week but haven't used it yet. I believe I will go start now!

  24. Thanks for the recommendation. My toddlers gobbled up their fish tacos, and we did the same.

  25. You call that island messy? Clearly you've never enjoyed a marathon of the show "Hoarders"..or have you?

    Your healthy cooking reminds me of my hubby. He's excellent! He cooks, I clean up the mess. It is a perfect combo!

    Thanks for the Cookie Crisp mention. I'm partial to DynoBites these days...but can and will enjoy any sugary cereal in the late evening!

  26. I am so glad to see I am not the only one that always has mail laying on the kitchen island. I have tried so many things to keep it somewhere else. Doesn't work. Still ends up right there. I too have accepted it.