Saturday, March 5, 2011

Salsa, a recipe and poem, 155-156/365

These are my selections for this weekend's "Movement in March".  Believe it or not, this carp pond is at a doggie "bed & biscuit".  Beautiful place and my doggies go there every once in a while to "socialize" and play with other dogs.

The photo above isn't the best as far as clarity, but I think it is a great idea for a painting.  It is also my selection for "Weekend Reflections".

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I also want to take a moment to highlight a blog that left me in tears (laughter) and one I will follow faithfully form now on.  It is Fridge Soup.  Please click on it and ENJOY!  (and I think it partners along nicely with my photos and poem below!)

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On this day in 1912, the "evil" Oreo Cookie was first sold.  For this weekend's "March Challenge" one of the choices of reflection is something delicious.  I decided to focus on something a little more healthy than the "I can't eat just one" Oreo cookie.  


Indigenous Mexican Sauce
Roje, verde, cocida, fresco
(Tomatoes, gooseberry, cooked, uncooked)
Inherited flavor of the Mayans and Aztecs
Colorful, textured, fragrant and spicy
Cilantro, citrus, chili, and corn
Tomatillo, Tequila, and mint
Classic Mexican relish, inspiring others:
Exotic Jamaican, bananas and guavas
Asian peaches, Far East anise
Turkish delight, pomegranate, honey, and figs
Delectable all!  Join me, will you, each Saturday
as I explore this versatile "sauce" for us to
comer y disfrutar!

I was inspired by my trip last week to the farmers market.  I forgot to bring my camera - I was so upset as the beauty just spilled out on the tables even at the end of March!  I didn't ask, but these farmers must have greenhouses or something in which they grow their produce.  My quick "poem" above is not a masterpiece, that's for sure, but I hope it tempted you with checking in next Saturday for my new recipe.  Today's recipe is at the bottom of this post.  Oh, and by the way, "comer y disfrutar" means "Eat and Enjoy".

Ingredients before mixing

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Tomato Salsa

4 ripe tomatoes, seeded, chopped - (about 8 - 10 oz)
1 red onion, finely chopped
1 red jalapeno chile, seeded, finely chopped (size depends upon you!)
1 or 2 garlic cloves (again, up to you), crushed
1 peeled cucumber, seeded, finely chopped
honey to taste (1 - 2 tsp)
1 Tbsp cilantro, chopped
dash of lime juice

Makes about 1 cup (I doubled this recipe and it was gone in two days!)

Prepare all ingredients and add to a bowl. The fresher the ingredients are, of course, the better tasting the dish will be.  Stir well.  Cover and let stand to let the flavors mix.  Do NOT put in the refrigerator, as the flavor will not sufficiently blend.  Eat with tortilla chips, of course, but this can also be served upon meats or seafood.  


Beth Niquette said...

That first photo of the bright yellow fish made my day! Happy Reflections.

Patty Ann said...

Oh I love fish. They are so amazing. I can watch them nearly forever and they make me feel relaxed too. We love salsa around here and make it often. It is colorful and wonderful.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

what a fabulous blog of beautiful photos and lovely recipes!!

lisaschaos said...

Oreo - said in my zombie voice, lol. :)

I really love that first photo! Very nice!

Cloaked Monk said...

Turkish delight indeed! I love these flavors and your poem.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for the recipe, it definitely sounds delicious

Anonymous said...

Your posts always make me smile ... love the first photo ... and love your take on the prompt to include a recipe ... great job! ~becca

earlybird said...

mouthwatering photo - and recipe.

Ginnie said...

How could you not love something so colorful!

Kathe W. said...

ole! This recipe is a keeper! Thanks for sharing it !

Margaret said...

Beth and Patty Ann- thank you - I finally captured that fish after the 20th take ;)

Mary Sheehan Winn - :) You made my day! - next Saturday's Salsa is amazing over pork chops and with chips...

Lisaschaos - LOL, yes, in a zombie voice. I totally understand.

Cloaked Monk - My kids were in the Narnia play - Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe for years and got to eat real "turkish delight" candy. A little goes a long way as it is very sweet....

Otterblossom, Beccagivens, earlybird, & Kathe W - come back next week as the slightly spice AND sweet salsa goes well over chops and fish - and also with chips. ;)

Ginnie - I love veggies and how they look together!

Tess Kincaid said...

This looks delicious! Thanks for the recipe, Margaret!

Margaret said...

Tess - and this is coming form the "Kitchen Goddess?" !! Thank you ... I have an awesome "Sweet and Spicy" one for next Saturday. My oldest son came home this past Sunday and ate a ton of it. But then, anything is better than the university's cafeteria food... :)