Tuesday, July 10, 2012

fish tacos

Well hello again everyone! I'm FINALLY sitting at home, in Nashville... church bells are ringing down the street, I've got my french press faithfully by my side, candles lit and INSPIRATION, RECIPES and PHOTOS GALORE! You have NO idea how long I've been waiting to get back to this cozy, familiar nook. SO, I'm not going to waste any more precious time, but you should know that I'm so sorry for being M.I.A. and I'm beyond ecstatic to be back with you again.

James was away for 10 weeks working in New York City and I was gone a good portion of those weeks visiting. It's been a hugely busy season and now it's done! James was in some serious need of some r & r so we headed to Charlotte to see my family for a few days straight from the big apple. Mom and Dad proceeded to load us up in a moving truck with TONS of furniture from their home... (no, for those of you who have been asking, we're not moving, it's just that they can't help themselves but give us truck loads of goodies every time we're there) :) It was seriously too much for us to unload on our own so we begged and pleaded asked our sweet friends Nolan and Nicole if they would mind coming over to help us out. We promised dinner, too, until we realized we had ZERO groceries in our fridge since we'd been gone for weeks. So amazing Nicole went shopping for dinner... they brought over the most amazing filets of cod and a giant jug of lambrusco. To our shock and delight, we managed to get the massive concrete table set up in the sunroom and looking like the most beautiful dinner setting in roughly half an hour. And then...

we christened it with fish tacos!
  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  • Line a baking sheet with foil and lightly drizzle with olive oil.
  • Place two filets of cod on the sheet and squeeze fresh lime juice all over.
  • Finish with a sprinkling of salt and pepper and a little more olive oil and place in the oven to bake for 15 minutes. (keep an eye on it... every oven is different)
  • While that's baking, mix together 1/4 cup plain yogurt and 1/4 cup sour cream in a small bowl.
  • Splash in some hot sauce, we use Valentina and some fresh lime juice. Go heavy on the lime juice for a good time. :)
  • Make a simple guacamole or buy some from TJ's. We mixed together two avocados, lime juice, salt and pepper.
  • Chop up some red cabbage. You can use regular but red looks more festive!
  • Slice up some lime wedges and put them in a cute little something.
  • Dish out some salsa and go put all your ingredients out on the table.
  • Warm up some olive oil in a skillet and place some tortillas in to get warm. We used the small ones cause they're more fun. Place them on a plate when you're done and add them to the table.
  • Take the fish out, leave them in whole filets and add them to the table. It's fun to let everyone flake off their own pieces for each taco.
  • Assemble and enjoy!

 Nicole is showing me how to master the art of Mexican corn...
Boil the corn as usual.
Butter while it's hot.
Sprinkle generously with cotija cheese.
Dust with cayenne pepper to finish it off.
Also, not photographed, we roasted three tomatillos. Just place them on a lined baking sheet and pop them in the oven along with the fish until they get browned in spots. Then pop them in a bowl and smash. They're SUCH a fun addition to the mix!
 See how gorgeous that fish is?! And it was SO tasty and WAY too easy to make.
do not let the idea of making fish tacos at home scare you just because it might sound unusual.
 James wasn't in the mood for fish... Nicole brought pulled pork. :) 
And there you have it! It turned out to be a great evening... the food was seriously delicious and the company was well, the best!

I'm gonna just tell you to go ahead and make these for dinner tonight. It's summer. It's beautiful out. Life's too short to make the same old same old all the time so be festive! Get gutsy and creative and make some fish tacos!

My husband has been de-weeding our front lawn for the last three hours... I'm headed to help. Wish us luck and I'LL SEE YOU TOMORROW! Yippee!