Saturday, April 11, 2009

A Long and Link-Filled Post! And Happy Easter!

Happy Easter everyone! I hope you all are having a good weekend. My mom and I dyed eggs tonight after church. I haven't dyed eggs in a long time, so I was really excited (egg-cited...ha!). And look at my awesome egg! I did it in layers, and used a plain wax crayon that came with the kit I bought. Neat eh?

I hate how yellow are lights in the house are, the purple part is actually a really nice shade. But I started with yellow, went to red, and finished up with blue. Yep. That's a keeper.

So today, I am a little bit of special. I got the pic I submitted posted over at Vanity Plates: Creepiness in 8 Characters or Less. Yup, that first one, that's me! Yay! Small victories, lol. Go over and check out the blog, it's pretty hilarious. And I promise, once you start looking, you see crazy plates everywhere!

So when I was sick with the 'Monia, I pretty much stayed on the couch and watched food network and The Biggest Loser all day. Well, one day while I was watching Tyler's Ultimate, he made The Ultimate Fish Tacos. They looked fantastic, and I told Mom I wanted to try them. So we went shopping today for the stuff (which was awesome, cause I got to pick out everything and not have to pay for it! Yay parents!) and had them for dinner. A-MAZE-ing.

Simple breading: coat in flour, dip in egg, coat in panko bread crumbs. Let sit a couple minutes so all the goodness soaks in and doesn't fall off when you fry them.

Fry in hot oil till nice and crispy. We cooked ours for 3 minutes per batch, since our pieces were little.

Nappa cabbage slaw, mango-radish salsa, and chipotle mayo. Made all of 'em from scratch! The salsa and mayo recipes are included in the taco recipe link, I made up the slaw. It's basically some leftover cilantro, nappa cabbage, and chives with a vinegarette of balsamic and olive oil with some salt. I threw in some Jamacian seasoning we have from Pampered Chef, but I think it would be fine without.

The final product. We bought some tortillas (though there is an easy recipe to make your own that my friend Allison has. We made them one night at her house for tacos....check out her blog Cast Iron for the recipe!) and then to make the tacos just warmed them up a few seconds, spread on the mayo (thinly, unless you want to burn your face off! which you might, I don't judge ;) ), pile on some fish, slaw, and salsa. Wrap up and eat! SO GOOD. If you missed the link at the top, you can go here and download the recipe. I will tell you that we used Basa fish instead of Mahi Mahi, and it was still super. Any whitefish is fairly good for this, cod would be an excellent option as well. I will also say that we had to buy about half the things on the list, and wound up spending about $30. We have a lot of leftovers though, so it's worth the money. And the salsa and mayo would be good on so many other things, so multi-use ingredients there.

Also, I was visiting A Duck in Her Pond a couple days ago, and she had a recipe for these adorable mini banana pudding pies. They reminded me a ladybug, so I decided I was going to make a ladybug pie!

I know it doesn't look it in the picture, but it really is pink. I sort of threw it together, but here's what I used:

2 packs white chocolate pudding
1 pack vanilla pudding (I hadn't planned on this one, but after I added the strawberries it was too thin...I had to thicken it back up)
approximately 1 cup of fresh strawberries
maybe a 1/4 cup of fruit juice (V8 Splash Berry)
pre-made chocolate graham cracker crust
Oreo halves

Really simple, just mix it up, throw it in, and put the Oreo halves on top. Now, the cookies will get mushy after sitting on top of the pie, but if you use the half with the "stuff" on it, the filling of the cookie will act as a moisture barrier, keeping the cookies crispy. Either way works for me. :) It was a tasty followup to the awesome tacos, so thank you to A Blond Duck for the inspiration!

Well that's it folks! About time too huh? I hope everyone has a very Happy Easter and I'll catch you all later!


The Blonde Duck said...

I love your ladybug pie! That's so cute! I wish I would have thought of them!

And those fish tacos? Drool! I've been dying to make them!

Happy Easter!

Ms Cupcake said...

Hoppy Easter everyone!!!

Have a great day. Best wishes.

Ms. Cupcake
Zen Cupcake

kel said...

Have a great Easter! I'm drooling over those pics!

Tiffany said...

I've never tried fish tacos, but I would like to. That pie looks great too.

You asked a question about growing brussel sprouts in a Square Foot Garden on my blog the other day. I've posted your question over there and hopefully someone will have an answer for you. You might want to watch the comments.

Alexis AKA MOM said...

Yummy banana.... yup you got me there!

Love my pampered chef I just went to a party last weekend and got talked into new measure cups and this rolling thing. Yup have the measure all too ... LOL

Cherie said...

Your fish taco's look great! I got hooked on them one year when I went to a restaurant in CAlifornia. At first it was like..Fish??? In Taco's???? But really if they are made well they are Yummy!!

I just wanted to tell you Thanks for the GREAT card - It made my day!
It will be fun to keep up with you on your blog :D

Donella aka Lazy Housewife said...

Wow everything looks yummy. Now I'm hungry. Thanks a lot. :-P