My-O-Mahi! Devine Fish Tacos

Prior to making this recipe I had never eaten a fish taco before. I had always wanted to try them and friends of mine had told me they were absolutely delicious. So instead of ordering them at a restaurant, I decided to be adventurous and make them at home! However, I went a step further and challenged myself to use Mahi Mahi as the fish of choice.

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To give everyone a little description of Mahi Mahi, they are one of the fastest growing fish in the ocean, concentrated mostly in the Caribbean, the Golf of Mexico, and around Florida. They have a bizarre shaped head that is very rounded and are beautiful in color, varying from a blueish-green down to a gold. They are also known as the dolphin fish but have no relation to actual dolphins. In terms of using Mahi Mahi in cooking, it is moderate in flavor and have a fairly firm texture that can stand up to various cooking techniques, meaning the fillet will not fall apart very easily. It also contains mercury so it is best to eat this fish in moderation. (Information from Facts).

Back to the tacos! This recipe gives the Mahi Mahi a huge burst of flavor. A dry rub is created that adds heat and gusto, while other ingredients are prepared to compliment the fish, adding texture and crunch.

Ingredients:

  • Mahi Mahi (ask your local fishmonger to cut you a filet corresponding to how many guests you’ll be cooking for, I got just over a pound for two people with plenty of leftovers).
  • 1/4 tsp chili
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp fresh dill
  • Handful of cilantro
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup of purple cabbage
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 green onions
  • Juice of a lime
  • 1 Avocado
  • Taco shells (quantity varying on number of guests)
  • Sour cream

Directions:

The first step is to make the dry rub. Combine chili, paprika, cayenne, onion powder, oregano, garlic powder, fresh dill, salt,and pepper in a bowl. Rub mixture all over the Mahi Mahi until well covered. Let the fish marinate in the fridge for 30 minutes.

While the fish is marinating, chop up the purple cabbage into bite size slivers. Add the chopped green onion, cilantro, plain yogurt, lime, salt, and pepper. Mix everything together until creamy and well blended.

Cut the avocado into cubes that will fit nicely into the taco shells.

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Pre-heat the barbeque to medium high heat. After 30 minutes, remove the fish from the fridge. When the barbeque is hot, turn down the heat to medium heat. Oil the grill with a paper towel so the Mahi Mahi doesn’t stick. Place the fish on grill for 4 minutes on each side (be gentle when flipping the fish).

Remove the cooked fish from the grill and let it rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

You can either assemble the tacos before serving or you can create a build-your-own-taco station at the table to allow guests to get creative!

Have fun!

Springtime Flowers and Fabrics

The weather has finally changed from snowy/rainy days to sunshine and it finally feels like spring! I couldn’t be happier for the change in temperature due to the fact that its been a rather long and harsh winter. Flowers are beginning to pop out of the earth and the trees around the city are starting to bud.

All this beautiful greenery has inspired me to get outside and enjoy the weather. I’ve gotten my bike all tuned up and have been exploring Montreal streets and canals, looking for interesting restaurants and boutiques. Yesterday, I found a lovely store called Beige. It is located on Notre-Dame and Charlevoix in the St-Henri district. It had the most amazing furniture and accessories! There is everything from cute little dishes and tableware to magnificent bed frames and tables. I found these little acrylic prints that I fell in love with, they’re exactly what I have been looking for my bathroom wall. I highly recommend everyone to go check it out!

Since spring has finally arrived, spring cleaning was definitely in order. As I was reorganizing my kitchen counter and table, I felt that my dining room table was missing a certain pizazz. I went out looking for a centerpiece but instead found a beautiful runner! I am so pleased with the way it looks! Here is a photo of the elegant fabric.

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Delicious Do-It-Yourself Hummus

I’m a huge fan of hummus! I love every flavor there is! So when my best friend told me she had made her own, that was the end of store bought hummus in my household. Hummus can be made with many different flavors, all relatively easy to include in your homemade version. Some additions include: grilled onion, roasted red pepper, paprika, roasted garlic, spicy cayenne

Let’s start off with a basic hummus recipe that is very simple to make. It includes very basic ingredients that are easy to work with and relatively inexpensive to purchase.

Ingredients:

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  • 1 can (425g) chickpeas
  • 1 whole lemon seeded and squeezed
  • 1/4 cup homemade tahini (see recipe on post below)
  • Large clove of garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons of olive oil (plus more for serving)
  • Water (add until desired consistency is achieved)
  • Sprinkle of cayenne pepper for a delicious taste explosion!

Directions:

Place tahini and lemon juice in a food processor and blend until smooth and creamy.

Next add the olive oil, salt, pepper, dash of cayenne, and one garlic clove to the mixture. Pulse until well blended and all ingredients are incorporated.

Drain the can of chickpeas in a colander and run cold water over them for a good rinse. This washes away any residue. Add the chickpeas in two batches to the food processor and blend until smooth.

You may find the mixture to be a little dry at this point. If so, add 1 tablespoon of water at a time until you find what you’re looking for.

Place hummus in a serving dish and sprinkle with a generous amount of olive oil and a pinch of cayenne for aesthetic appeal.

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Enjoy!

Easy Tahini

As I was preparing to make my first batch of hummus, I noticed an ingredient I had never heard of before called tahini. I decided to look up what this mysterious ingredient was an found it to be a simple combination of sesame seeds and olive oil. As I was shopping for ingredients to make hummus, I discovered that tahini is expensive! So I decided to make my own.

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As I ventured into making this delicious paste, I discovered it to be an amazingly simple task!

Ingredients:

– Sesame seeds

-Olive oil

Directions:

– Roast 1 cup of sesame seeds over medium heat tossing every 30 seconds or so until fragrant, about 8-10 minutes. Do not let them burn!

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– Let sesame seeds cool completely before blending.

– Place cooled sesame seeds into a food processor and grind till paste-like consistency is formed.

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– Slowly add 1/4 cup olive oil while food processor is turned on (add more or less oil depending on the consistency you desire). Scape down sides and blend again.

– Congratulations! You’ve got yourself some homemade tahini to enjoy!