Saturday, October 4, 2008
Thai Style Fish Tacos
It all started with a batch of the most delicious peaches. I brought them home from the store... and we ate a few out of hand. They were so juicy, they practically burst upon contact with our fingertips. Juice ran down our chins, and the flesh filled our mouths with the full glory of a September sunrise.
They were screaming to be used for salsa. So, I took a couple, along with a shallot or two, a stray tomato, a Thai bird chile, and a handful of cilantro. And I tossed them together.
I'd also purchased a couple of very nice catfish filets from the market. So, I decided to run with the theme. We breaded them in a mixture of whole wheat panko, unsweetened flaked coconut, and a bit of cornstarch.
And fried them up nice and crisp in a bit of coconut oil.
I shredded a small head of red cabbage, and tossed it with plain yogurt, a bit of mayo, some Thai red curry paste, lime juice, and a bit of sugar. Added a handful of cilantro. And called it "Thai coleslaw"...
Now, in my world, where there is cabbage... and fish... and a tortilla... there is a fish taco. So, that's kind of where the dinner headed.
Perfectly unplanned. Delightfully unexpected. Thai fish tacos were the discovery of the day. And they were absolutely fabulous.
Thai Style Fish Tacos with red curry coleslaw and peach salsa
Local Notes: You're sharp readers, so indubitably one or two of you are thinking that we've already blown it with these delicious tacos (not to mention the coconut curry). And you would be right. Except that this blog isn't always "real time". We made these tacos (and the curry) BEFORE October 1st, so technically they don't figure into our Eat Local Challenge food. But, it has occurred to me that COCONUT MILK (right along with Thai curry paste) is a bit of stumbling block to our long-term local eating. Inevitably, there is going to be another exception made here at some point. Coconuts don't exactly grow well here in the northern climes of Wisconsin, after all! So, we're going to have to give some thought to how Thai food fits into to our local eating goals. It's definitely possible we'll be going the month of October WITHOUT. But after that? Food for thought.
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