Sunday, January 27, 2013

Friday Fish Meal

Yesterday was Friday and Pepper woke with a hankering to cook.  She is a cook in her own right now, far more creative than I, and not afraid to work long hours to produce an extraordinary result. Except when baking, she works without recipes, allowing her skilled nose and sense of food harmony to guide her.  In this case, the masterpiece could be called:

Pepper's Fish Tacos with Fresh Corn Salad and Texas Slaw
(in her words)
Fresh Corn Salad
I roasted on the iron griddle:
Whole corn on the cob (4 ears), 
2 Poblano Peppers
1 Red Bell Pepper
Black beans, drained, 1 can, roasted briefly on the griddle.
Cut the corn off the cob.
Dice peppers.  
Dice 1 Tomato.
Rough chop 1/2 bunch Cilantro

Make a dressing:
Juice of 4 limes
lime zest
Cumin (to taste)
Garlic powder (to taste)
Chili powder (to taste)
a bit of Paprika
Salt (to taste)
Drizzle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Mix all this all together and let it marinate in the fridge a few hours. (I thought about how delicious  it would be topped with some queso fresco. :)

I made a dredging mix of flour, Mexican spices (comino, paprika, chili powder, garlic powder), and salt. 
I dredged the cod fish in this mixture then pan sauteed it in a very little oil.

Texas Cole Slaw
Half of head green cabbage - finely shredded with a knife
Make a dressing:
Rice Wine Vinegar, "Mexican spices," mayonnaise, a very little sugar, (all to taste)
(The spices turned the slaw pink and I loved it)

Corn Tortillas (wrapped in foil and heated in the oven).

Assemble a taco of fish and slaw.  (We ate the fresh corn salad on the side but Mom ate hers in the taco)

[This meal was delicious, oh my goodness. Sadly, we gobbled down the whole thing with nary a photo. The corn salad, particularly, was lovely. dmt]

(Recipe copyright 1/25/2013 Allison Tischler, aka "Pepper")


  1. This girl needs her own food blog! It sounds awesome! Not to be slow, but what exactly is an iron griddle? I'm having trouble visualizing. Also, do you think it would work to add cilantro to the slaw?

    1. Yes, definitely cilantro in the slaw! Sounds yum. And she is an amazing cook, truly.

      Sorry -- that's a CAST iron griddle; I have this very one (
      It was Christmas gift many years back and we use it all the time; so much it has to go camping with us.