Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Alley Cats

In life, there appears to be two things you never out grow: conflict and hangovers. Interestingly enough, one seems to lead to the other.  I'll set the scene: one alley, four neighbors and eighteen months of  resentment all put to rest after four bottles of wine, one difficult conversation and several fantastic foodie bits.  Around 2:00 AM everyone in attendance felt understood and loved; at least that is what we remember.

Early Sunday morning the load that had been lifted from my shoulders seemed to take up residence behind my eyes.  Hoping to enjoy a rare morning to ourselves, the husband and I headed to the Farmer's Market for a resuscitating stroll and search for a hangover cure.  We found refuge in three items: Viva Villa Salsa, sunflower micro-greens and fresh tortillas.  After defrosting two filets of turbot and slicing up radishes and tomatoes, we had a fresh tasting indulgent lunch with enough heat to kick any signs of a headache.

Farmers Market Fish Taco
Recipe By: Lori Pierce
*The salsa in this recipe truly makes the dish special; Viva Villa is a locally produced product with intense flavor and a strong jalapeno kick.  Pick up some at the Highland Village Farmers Market on Sunday mornings. 
1-2 filets of firm white fish
chili power
1 lime cut into wedges
whole wheat tortillas
half cup sliced radishes
half cup halved cherry tomatoes
2 cups sunflower micro-greens
Viva Villa Salsa*

  1. Preheat the broiler 
  2. Season fish filets with cumin, coriander, chili powder and salt and pepper.  Do so liberally, depending on your tastes.  
  3. Place the fish on a foil-lined baking sheet and slide into the oven on the higher rack under the broiler.  Cook 3-5 minutes depending on the thickness of your fish filets.  
  4. Once cooked, use a fork to flake the fish and top with fresh lime juice.  Taste and adjust for seasoning.  
  5. Assemble the tacos by layering the fish, radishes, tomatoes,  a small handful of micro-greens and a dollop of Viva Villas.  
Still hitting the drive thru when happy nights turn to sad mornings?  No more... you're an adult now.  Resolve your conflict, drink your wine, and indulge with a taco!

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