I was surprised to learn that this "National" holiday
is not really celebrated in Mexico.
This holiday is important primarily in the state of Pueblo
and in the United States of America.
Cinco de Mayo is often confused with Mexican Independence,
which is September 16, 1810.
But enough of history.
man (and woman)
cannot survive on history alone.
Not to mention,
history is generally not that tasty,
I decided that we would be having a Baja, California
(yep, that be Mexico)
The fish taco.
Now, I did cheat in that I used already breaded blue hake
fillets from Schwan's
and I purchased pre-made mango-peach salsa from
my regular grocery store.
My other ingredients for
equal parts mayonnaise and sour cream
with chopped chives,
chopped dried Serrano chili
and ground cayenne pepper.
I perused many different online recipes for "authentic" fish tacos.
And I just couldn't do it.
I could not just dump plain chopped cabbage on this taco.
I. Had. To. Make. Cole Slaw.
I just had to.
So sue me.
Or better yet don't.
I have no money.
Seriously, my husband cut me off.
I chopped the half head of cabbage
(but only used about 3/4 of it),
grated about half a carrot
and chopped the green part of a scallion
(all that was left from another recipe).
I then did my usual voodoo with
mayo, white vinegar and sugar
I ground about 1/8 teaspoon cumin seed
and added that to the dressing.
a white corn tortilla
(next time I will warm these so they are more pliable),
a third of the breaded blue hake fillet,
and the pre-made mango peach salsa.
Why haven't I made these before?
¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo!