In 2011 I was the lucky recipient of 11 new recipe books. Although all have been read from cover to cover, only a few have been blessed with splatters on more than one page, and too many are yet to be introduced to the business side of no 41′s kitchen. (The sharp eyed amongst you will see there are only ten books in the photo – a late Christmas present sneaked into the kitchen after I took this shot.)
So in order to justify 12 new recipe books in 2012 (it sounds right, doesn’t it?) I need to ensure these books are thoroughly tested and either become well loved members of the family or passed on to a more appreciative cook. So here goes with a recipe from The Homesick Texan.
Given the choice, I always choose food that is on the spicy side. I blame my parents. When I was two or three years old I apparently told my mother that my chilli con carne was ‘hot, mummy hot!’. She suggested I blow on it. It was only when they ate it themselves later that evening did my mother realise what I meant. By then, my taste buds were well and truly done for!
Lisa’s blog is one of my favourites and I have thumbed through her book many times trying to decide what to cook first. After our Christmas poultry excesses I was drawn to these fish tacos, especially as my lovely local deli, mmm… put aside some dried guajillo chiles for me.
Light and spicy, quick to cook and wrapped in tortillas, we’ll be making these again. I didn’t like the red cabbage slaw so much but the mango salsa was really refreshing.
Lisa’s recipe states 6 dried chiles but we thought 3 was plenty. If you’re not lucky to live near a deli as great as mmm… I think you could substitute any chile. In fact I struggled to blend the reconstituted guajillo chiles into a smooth paste so am considering using fresh chiles next time round.