Friday, April 4, 2014

{Friday Photo Bliss}

So I was supposed to work on the screenshots of the second half of my retouching tutorial for today's post, but the weather was so gorgeous we decided to go to the park and hike.  We are having a rainy weekend so we had to get our Vitamin D.  The kids go stir-crazy if they don't get out enough.  As does their mom...

When we got back home I decided we needed to make crispy tacos for dinner tonight (I use smashed green plantains that are twice-fried in coconut oil for the tostadas).  I crave tacos with tons of guacamole and salsa…  We needed some salsa so I whipped up my own batch.

If you have never made your own salsa you are missing out!  It takes only a few minutes with a food processor and doesn't have the junk ingredients many of the store-bought ones contain. I don't follow a recipe, but it usually contains at least one onion, many cloves of garlic, half a bunch of cilantro, 4 large tomatoes (broiled until the skin is brown), Serrano pepper (usually 1, no seeds), jalapeƱo pepper (1-2, no seeds), fresh lime, and salt.

This salsa is not for date night unless you both eat it, otherwise your breath might  be considered a murder weapon…  ;-)  I would make it hotter, but the kids have their limits.  This one blinded me when I took the lid off the food processor but I could see again in 10 seconds, so it was perfect.

Oh, to make the smashed plantains for the crispy tacos, buy a few green plantains.  Remove the skin (slice down the sides a few places and ease the skin off) and cut into 1 inch slices.  Fry both sides in coconut oil until brown, then smash each one between a folded sheet of parchment paper using a heavy plate.  Flavor them with salt, pepper, and garlic powder and then pan-fry them on both sides.  These are perfect crispy tacos or mini-pizza crusts.

So tonight a delicious dinner and tomorrow back to school and the computer to make up for our day off today.  I will post the rest of the tutorial this weekend.   Have a great weekend!!!

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