Happy Cinco de Mayo

5 May 2012 § 2 Comments

These were the best fish tacos I have ever eaten. I’m not sure if it was the holy trinity of location –  salty sea air by the beach; fresh produce – fish just out of the sea, ripe avocados just picked, and cilantro plucked from a plan and of course, the drink – a cool glass of dry white wine to wash them down.

Or now I think about it maybe it was the pickled onion garnish, adding a tart contrast to the creamy avocados.

We have just returned from Mexico and I’m missing the flavors and vibrant colors already. Tonight I shall be making these fish tacos to try to recreate some of those flavors. If you’re hankering after chicken tacos, try this easy seasoning. « Read the rest of this entry »

Need another Cinco de Mayo recipe? Black Bean Quesadilla

2 May 2011 § 1 Comment

Still not sure what to cook for Cinco de Mayo. Here is my article in the What’s For Dinner? column on Barista Kids, I will be contributing to this every two weeks on a Sunday to help people plan one home-cooked meal for the week. You can find out how to cook these fish tacos there.

If you’re after a quick, veggie option, try this Black Bean Quesadilla recipe, from my recipe bible, the Ruth Reichl book, Gourmet Today. This is a winner with The Ladies™.Black Bean Quesadilla Recipe


  • 1 can black beans – rinsed
  • 2 cups coarsely grated pepper Jack cheese
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 8 flour tortillas
  • ½ cup chunky salsa (or see my pico de gallo recipe)

Put a rack in middle of oven, put a large heatproof plate on rack, and preheat to 200°F.

Stir together cheese, beans, cilantro, and cumin in a bowl.

Heat a glug of oil in a non-stick skillet over moderate heat until not but not smoking. Add 1 tortilla and top half nearest you with 2-3 tablespoons of cheesy bean mixture more evenly with 1 tablespoon salsa. Using a spatula, fold uncovered tortilla over and cook until underside is golden about 1 minute. Carefully turn over using spatula another 1 -2 minutes.  Transfer to a plate and cover loosely with foil. Make 7 more quesadillas in same manner, stacking them on plate in oven.

Otherwise just enjoy one of these, did I mention this is a surefire winner with King Marv.

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