A Fishy Cooking Challenge recipe

by - Friday, February 26, 2010

Sorry for the lack of post yesterday, I was home sick sleeping and eating nothing more than a few Saltines. We had an office potluck on Wednesday afternoon to celebrate winter birthdays and I must have eaten something that didn't sit well because I had to home early on Wednesday or risk tossing my cookies in the office.

The BF was super sweet though and came over armed with Saltines, chicken noodle soup and flowers to cheer me up.

I started to get my appetite back late last night while I was watching the women's figure skating finals. My heart ached for Joannie Rochette from Canada whose mom had died from a sudden heart attack on Sunday. Talk about courage, how about that girl still being able to perform well enough to land herself on the medal stand.

For this week's cooking challenge, I was excited to try a new recipe I stumbled across in one of my old cookbooks, which looked to be very similar to my favorite dish at Bonefish: Salmon with mango salsa.

My recipe was a little different, it was tilapia with fruit salsa, but I figured it'd be equally as delicious.

To make the salsa I needed:

1 kiwi
1 peach
1 can of black beans
1 red pepper
Lime juice
A splash of tabassco sauce.

I chopped the fruits and veggies and tossed them in a bowl with the other ingredients. Super quick and easy.

Then I popped the tilapia in the oven at 350 for about 20 minutes. The recipe called for the fish to be grilled, but there's snow on the ground and I lack a George Foreman.

When the fish was done I piled the salsa on top of the fish.

I was actually a little bit let down when I tasted it. I'm not sure what it was, but I just wasn't totally digging the flavor in the salsa. I think it was too much black bean, not enough kiwi and peach. Oh well, not every recipe I try is going to be a cooking success.

Happy Friday, all! Wishing you a speedy day so the weekend is here!

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  1. very creative.

    i don't care for tilapia. i would have been let down too...i think it's the fish, not your salsa! something about tilapia just isn't right. ;-P

  2. ACK Lisa! Tilapia is good stuff. Ranks right up there with catfish :-) Here's what you need to do with Tilapia. Brush both sides with a little olive oil and then liberally sprinkle on that Redfish Magic Blackening stuff. Then three minutes on each side in a frying pan with a little olive oil and its awesome! I'm thinking some salsa would probably offset that heat pretty nicely!

  3. Glad you're feeling better! I too like tilapia... I bet like you suggested, the proportions were just off in the salsa. I had a similar experience this past weekend when I tried making my standard pineapple salsa but skipped the pineapple... it just came out too acidic and not very sweet. I've been mixing it into soups (like black bean) to use it up.

  4. Awww how sweet of b/f to bring you flowers.

    I BAWLED watching Joannie Rochette skate last night!

  5. can you really have to much black bean?

  6. ohhhhh this looks awesome!! thanks for sharing, it's in my list now

  7. i don't know if i will ever be brave enough to try cooking fish! for some reason it's way intimidating to me. yours certainly looks amazing and that salsa sounds good - mmm mango and kiwi.

    glad you are feeling better and love the flowers from bf :)

  8. That fish looks so yum and healthy!