Saturday, March 19, 2011

Salsa - Caribbean Salsa, 172/365

This salsa certainly surprised me!  I thought the combination was certainly a recipe for disaster.  I did learn how to tell if a pineapple is ripe.  First of all, if it is fully green, it will never ripen - it should reflect a golden yellow color.  It should smell sweet, if it has NO scent, it is not ripe.  It should be firm to a gently press and only yield slightly.  I thought if a leaf removed easily it was ripe... not true!   I have never tasted a ripe pineapple before, only tasted from the DOLE can... and how unfortunate as I now love pineapple and can't believe what I have been missing!  Another tip is to turn the pineapple upside down to allow all the juices to run through it (for 20-30 minutes).

The following recipe is from 5 a day - the better health cookbook.  I changed it slightly by using a vidalia onion and used a very mild pepper (above).  The store was out of jalapeno peppers.  My son thought it needed a spicier kick and added medium peppers to it.

2 cups watermelon, seeded and chopped
1 cup fresh pineapple, chopped
1 cup onion, chopped - (I used vidalia)
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
2 oz orange juice (I used fresh squeeze)
1 Tbspn jalapeno peppers, chopped

Simply mix all the ingredients.  Cover and refrigerate for one hour in order for all the flavors to mix and blend.

Enjoy this taste explosion!

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This is for "Weekend Reflections"#78.   This was taken while at Disney in Florida last year.  Can't you just feel the summer sun and the lazy day feeling?

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This flower is for "Macro Monday".  I just love pink and orange together!


texwisgirl said...

Gorgeous colors in both the salsa AND photo! :)

Carol Blackburn said...

Love the reflections in the water lily photo; I was looking wondering if I would see some aligator eyes or not.

Pat Tillett said...

I'm here for the reflection, but LOVE the entire post! Very nice!
Patrick Tillett, Extremely Overdue

Patty Ann said...

Beautiful pictures! I love them all, but the flower is totally my favorite. I am with you on the pink and orange. I can't wait to try this salsa. What did you serve it on?

Margaret said...

I thought about as a side to a fish dish. But by the time I cooked it there really wasn't enough left. We ate them with "blue" tortilla chips.

Margaret said...

Texwisgirl - Thanks. The smell of the salsa was great too.

Carol - Did you find any gator eyes? :)

Pat - Thank you. I can just go crazy when I see lilly ponds - they are perfect to photograph.

'Tsuki said...

Such a lovely post ! The recipe, the pictures... Everything is so interesting about it... Bravo !

Ginnie said...

That last image is awesome, Margaret! I agree...Mother Nature sure knows how to mix-n-match colors.

Elisabeth said...

Wonderful Water Lily. Nice photo!

Margaret said...

Tsuki - Thank you. The Salsa recipes have been quite the success here at our home.

Ginnie - Yes, If only we could easily bring the outdoors in! (except the bugs of course). We had a tick episode the other day... not fun.

Elisabeth - A water lily pond always requires numerous photos! :)

Ray said...

Beautiful macro shot!

Kala said...

Gorgeous details and colors in the flower macro.

Happy Macro Monday