Lilac fest was an absolute blast.  Big thanks to everyone that stopped by for a taco and iced tea.  From what I heard there were 100,000 people there, but I didn’t really have any time to look up and see for myself because I was too busy trying to make Tacos as fast as possible!  HUUUGE thanks to all of our friends and loved ones that helped us out in the tent: Emily, Alana, Erin, Jared & Adam - you guys were amazing!

In the end, we went with the following taco recipe:

  • Key lime Chili spiced Basa fish with mango salsa, green cabbage slaw with yogurt and mustard seed served on a white corn tortilla

Here is how to make these puppies:

You will need:

green cabbage, plain yogurt, mustard seed, lime juice, mango, red onion, cilantro, key lime chili spice, white fish, white corn tortillas, canola oil.

First make your condiments.  Finely chop your cabbage and put in a bowl.  Add a liberal amount of plain yogurt and lime juice - enough to spread around the cabbage, but not too much to make it soupy.  Lastly, sprinkle in some mustard seed.  Put this mixture aside.  Next, chop up some mango - you may use either fresh or frozen.  Then chop up your red onion.  You want your red onion to mango ratio to be around 1:5 or 1:4.  Then add some chopped cilantro.  If you are a cilantro hater (like me) use mint.  You may add a bit of lime juice to your mix, but not much is needed as it is already in the slaw.

Now for the fish.  Take your white fish (tilapia, basa, hoki, haddock, monkfish etc.) and hit it with some sort of chili spice.  Lately I have been using cajun, but for the festival we used Esslinger’s Key Lime Chili.  It is AMAZING.  After your fish is spiced generously, heat up a pan and add some veg or canola oil.  Let that heat up on medium-high heat and add your fish.  Cook the fish until it flakes easily.  While the fish is cooking you can get your corn tortilla’s ready.  If you have a gas stove, turn the gas on medium and throw the tortilla right over the flame.  Let each side blacken just a touch.  If you do not have a gas stove you can do this in a frying pan -no oil necessary.  Add a few splashes of your favourite hot sauce and your fish tacos are now ready to enjoy!

See you at Sled Island in the beer garden at mainsite for another round of fish tacos! 

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photo credits: my mom.