Thursday, April 10, 2008

Think SD

Do you love San Diego? I have food for you.

I got some freshwater bass from the local Rancho San Miguel Market, which is a distinctly Chicano store. It is the best fish I have bought in this town. Soooooo fresh and light and yummy. Considering its origins (well, its store anyway) I had to make it into tacos.

They make some amazing fresh corn tortillas at Rancho, as we have now affectionately termed the purple-and-orange grocery store with the brilliant yellow shopping bags.

Digression: Have I ever told you about the time I wanted a hot pink lining in the bolero my mom was making to cover the turquoise spaghetti-strap circle-skirt dress I'd bought on deep, deep discount ($5, ok?) for my senior ball? Mom said it would be "so Mexican." Well ... yeah, she was kinda right. I love the brazen colors under the California sun. In Alaska, I'll confess, it may not have seemed so fitting. But I did get the pink lining I wanted.

Back to the taco swoon, now. I also had radishes and avocados from the local flea market. So cheap, so divine. Thanks to Daravanh who turned me on to this, I am never buying produce anywhere else ever again.

Except for the CSA. I still like that, too. Without it I would probably never remember to buy chard. Mmmmm, chard. But that's a recipe for another day. This is the recipe for today.

Fish tacos my way

4 basa filets (freshwater bass, or you could substitute any light-textured, white fish)
chili powder
2 tsp. vegetable oil

sliced radishes
sliced avocados
pico de gallo
sour cream or full-fat plain yogurt

Corn tortillas

Season fish on both sides with salt, pepper and chili powder. Heat oil in skillet. Cook fish 2-3 min. on each side (I cook only 2 fillets at a time). Break into taco-size pieces with the spatula.

Warm tortillas in skillet (same one, different one - whatever makes you happy). Fill with fish and veggies and yummies.

Makes about 4 servings of 3-4 tacos each.

Oh my gosh. Just now while I was looking for a link to put in above, I discovered that Rancho is a Food4Less store. Shocking because the meat and fish I've gotten at F4L have never been satisfactory. What's the diff? How mysterious!


MaryRuth said...

My mouth is watering. I LOVE fish taco's... LOVE THEM!!!

D said...

Ana, you convinced me to try Rancho Miguel out. I may even make fish taco. Thanks.