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Mango and Tomato Salad

7 Oct

We’re in the last gasp of the good tomatoes, and the weather is getting colder, so this is a bit out of season, but worth a post anyway. Of course I got my wonderful produce from Daisy Mae’s Market in Cincinnati’s historic Findlay Market

2 tomatoes
1 mango
fresh basil, cut in very thin strips (chiffonade)
balsamic vinegar – quality counts!
cracked black pepper

Slice the tomatoes and the mango. Arrange in alternating pattern, drizzle with balsamic vinegar, top with basil and pepper.

NOTE: To slice the mango easily, remember that the pit is shaped similarly to the fruit. That is, a mango is a sort of egg-shape that is flattened on two sides, and the pit is also flat on two sides, following the contour of the fruit. Here’s a link to a good video on www.mango.org.

Quickies – Fish with Onion, Herbs and Butter

5 Jun

This week, I planned a few recipes from other bloggers.  The other night, we tried Malou’s Buttered Fish with Coriander, Nuts and Spring Onions.


My husband had been working all day on a small property we own.  It was late.  He was tired and hungry.  I didn’t take great photos of the food and I didn’t stop to retake the photos because someone had been working on a ladder all day.  I have no idea why I thought it would be a good thing to take fish topped with green herbs and serve it with spinach on a green plate, but I wasn’t about to tell him he had to wait to eat it until I had replated it.  Check out the original post for better photos.

Secondly, let me say that I hate it when I give someone a recipe, he changes all of the ingredients, and then tells me that he didn’t like it.  I try very hard to make a recipe, as given, the first time, so I can have a sense of what it does.  In this case, I was convinced I needed to try Malou’s recipe, but didn’t have any cilantro (must have made it all into cilantro pesto!) and my scallions were in a terribly sorry state.  This dish is a really simple concept, though, so I figured messing with it a bit wouldn’t kill it.  In this case, no worries.  We loved it and I have something new for my Quickies repertoire.

So here’s the basic recipe:

  • Butter, softened
  • Nuts, chopped or ground
  • Fresh herbs, such as basil or cilantro, finely chopped
  • Very thinly sliced onion of some type (scallion, shallot, sweet onion).  If using sweet onion, I would also cut the slices into small pieces

Mix it together, slather it on the fish and bake at 350F until the fish is done.

I used cod fillets, basil, peanuts and very, very, very thinly sliced shallots.

I love that this proved the versatility of a few simple ingredients:  fish, butter, a fish-friendly herb, some nuts, and something oniony.  Not as heart-healthy as some dishes, but served with simple sides, not so bad, either. 

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