A Fish Taco Kick

by jenna on July 31, 2010

Almanzo had to work late at the office tonight so I thought I would brush up on my domestic skills and bring him dinner.

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What was for dinner, you ask? Fish tacos!

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Fish tacos came to my mind this afternoon after talking on the phone with my mom. She said she’s been on a fish taco kick lately, mainly because they are so fresh, healthy and quick to make. I, on the other hand, have been on a biscuit kick lately.
She convinced me to put the Crisco down…for all of our sakes.
There’s no real “recipe” for these. It’s sorta an “anything goes” type of deal. For the fish, I used tilapia and just seared it in my grill pan for a few minutes on each side.

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To go with the fish, I made a fresh mango salsa using one mango, half of a finely chopped red onion, two chopped heirloom tomatoes, the juice of two limes, one diced jalapeno and a bunch of cilantro. I think the salsa was my favorite part!

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To build the tacos, I layered guacamole, fish, mango salsa and shredded cabbage in big flour tortillas.

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And then proceeded to stuff my face.

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I also brought some homemade blueberry crisp in a mini tupperware for later….I like to think I do my part in saving Almanzo from the fate of the office vending machine. What can I say?

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Recipe for this beauty will come tomorrow. Promise!
While we ate our picnic, we were joined by these friends:

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I tried to feed them mango salsa but Almanzo said no. This made me sad.
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I guess he thought that if we feed them, they would in turn swarm his office and never leave. I don’t see what the problem is?

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Fly away, creatures of the earth and sky! Fly, fly, fly away!
Anyways, we ate our tacos and took a leisurely little walk before Almanzo had to get back to work. Since I was on such a roll with dinner, I thought I could help further by putting together a highly complex camera thingy with lots of tiny screws and small print directions.
Ten minutes later I packed up my tupperware and left. And that’s all I’m going to say about that.

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Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) July 31, 2010 at 10:35 pm

What a romantic and delicious picnic! The ingredients for your salsa sound like perfection, I love any kind of salsa that incorporates cilantro and mango.

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The Wife of a Dairyman July 31, 2010 at 11:11 pm

I just had fish tacos at Scoma’s in Sausalito the other day….they were so good and yours look delicious! I have to agree with Almanzo about the geese….they can be quite pesky but they are fun to look at :) We have a ton of them on our ranch.

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Kim July 31, 2010 at 11:38 pm

That looks like a great picnic!

And, I always love your hair. I wish I knew how to do anything with mine!

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Courtney (Delightful Devours) July 31, 2010 at 11:39 pm

What a lucky guy! It was very sweet of you to have a dinner picnic with him for dinner. And what could be better than fish tacos?

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Suzanne de Cornelia August 1, 2010 at 12:20 am

Looks healthy and delish, love fish tacos. too. We have those same kind of geese here. They are so interesting. The male and female are so concerned over their nests snuggled in big rocks near the sea. I’ve seen them both pushing the twigs and grasses over the eggs like comforters to keep out all cold and damp…and so cute when babies born how they all walk in a row. The parents are very protective. Sweet.

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Janna (janna's keeping it real) August 1, 2010 at 12:45 am

Adorable evening! That blueberry crisp looks devine!

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Kendel @ Eating Abroad August 1, 2010 at 1:28 am

PUT DOWN THE CRISCO. I love that. Tacos look yummy and domestic skills are thoroughly brushed up. Bonus points for the picnic.

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Jessica August 1, 2010 at 4:13 am

Those geese are not creatures from the Earth and sky! As a Canadian, I know all about those evil little creatures (from the Underworld actually). Canadian geese are pure evil, don’t feed them and don’t go near them if you can. They attack, especially if their nests are around. They bite like mad. I’m glad you didn’t waste any of your amazing lunch on those little devils!

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Sara @ myfancytuna.blogspot.com August 1, 2010 at 4:46 am

Mmm, fish tacos! The only one I’ve ever had was from Margaritaville. Shame, right? I need to get around to making some…

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Kelly August 1, 2010 at 5:07 am

I love fish tacos and mango salsa. I make my mango salsa similarly except instead of tomatoes, I add red bell pepper. I love to feed birds too and usually do if I have a picnic in a park or beach with waterfowl. My grandma used to take me to the cemetery to feed the ducks and geese in their pond.

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Summer August 1, 2010 at 5:07 am

I have never had a fish taco; they sound good! Looks like you two had a nice evening. :)

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is August 1, 2010 at 5:07 am

I love fish tacos and especially mango salsa. That sounds like a great dinner.

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat August 1, 2010 at 5:22 am

What a lovely picnic! Looks like you two had a great dinner. Oh, and the blueberry crisp is giving me mad cravings right now! :)

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diana@mymarblerye August 1, 2010 at 5:28 am

best gf ever! BTW everytime you end a post like that I think of BABE. hahaha.

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sarah (this is it) August 1, 2010 at 5:36 am

I think anything with mango in it is tooooo good to be given to a big bird!

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Lauren @ Eater not a runner August 1, 2010 at 5:42 am

I always make my BF fish tacos! Always a winner :-)

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Heather August 1, 2010 at 5:46 am

i haven’t made fish tacos in forever…what a great idea! and i love the mango salsa idea. so good for you and so good with fish!

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eatmovelove August 1, 2010 at 5:51 am

The picnic table and setting looks beautiful.

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Camille August 1, 2010 at 6:33 am

You are such a good girlfriend! :)

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Staceyhttp://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ August 1, 2010 at 6:47 am

You are so sweet. What a great dinner shared with the boy.

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Exercise and Eat August 1, 2010 at 6:57 am

Almanzo’s a lucky guy!

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A Teenage Gourmet (Sami) August 1, 2010 at 7:13 am

Crumble/ Crisp recipe ASAP!

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Liz @ Tip Top Shape August 1, 2010 at 7:29 am

These fish tacos look AMAZING!!!

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Diana @ frontyardfoodie August 1, 2010 at 7:36 am

I have always been extremely opposed to fish tacos…which is funny because I’ve never had one before. This looks good though and similar to my Indian food aversion (also never had) I am now willing to give them both a try.

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Amy August 1, 2010 at 7:38 am

Inspiring! I love me some fish tacos and now am definitely going to make them a picnic go-to item. You are also in the running for girlfriend of the year, your guy is lucky!

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Jennie August 1, 2010 at 7:46 am

My husband would LOVE it if I made him fish tacos. I think I will give it a try. Did you put anything on the fish before grilling them?

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Angela (ohsheglows) August 1, 2010 at 8:04 am

bahaha you crack me up!!! Awesome picnic!

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Rhew (Greek Feaster) August 1, 2010 at 8:05 am

YUM! Those look legendary.

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Anne August 1, 2010 at 8:13 am

I’ve been away for a while and just been recapping your posts…oh wow, the picture of you at Starks is great! Plus the whole post is such a reminder of all the great evenings I’ve just had on my hols…:-). Thanks for beautiful posts as usual.

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Shelley (Pink House) August 1, 2010 at 8:26 am

I’ve been thinking about making fish tacos lately and just ordered them at a restaurant last night. I’ll have to try making my own…thinking about using red snapper, and southwestern seasoning…..

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erika August 1, 2010 at 8:43 am

Ditto on the geese. 2 attacked a coworker, pushed her to the ground and she broke her arm. They are MEAN. She was just walking down a sidewalk to her car, but I guess was near a nest or something.

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Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic August 1, 2010 at 9:21 am

You are adorable! Your guy is lucky. And those fish tacos are making me hungry…

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A August 1, 2010 at 9:45 am

Where did you get your green headband? It’s really cute!

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Meah August 1, 2010 at 10:05 am

Hi Jenna! I am with you on the geese. I don’t see what the big deal is. I live in Bend Or, recently the city rounded up 100+ geese that lived in our park gased them and sent the meat to local food banks. Apparently we fed the geese too much and they thought they loved here all the time instead of migrating and their poop was everywhere. Which was the clincher for most citizens. Alas, geese are pretty and nice the towns not the same without them. So don’t feed your geese unless you’re ok with whatever aftermath may come. I love the blog by the way. I have read for a while. Just never commented. Ciao!

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Rachael August 1, 2010 at 10:22 am

Ah, traumatic geese memories. Those of us who grew up in Canada and the northeast US may or may not have childhood memories that include being dive-bombed by them…
Fish tacos are our Thanksgiving food of choice – a couple of years ago, sans an oven and without an open grocery stores, my partner and I made a Baja-style feast on a camp stove, and since then, it’s become a bit of a tradition! Yours look great!

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Lacey Little August 1, 2010 at 10:25 am

Where did you get that hair wrap?! It’s soo cute!

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Kendall August 1, 2010 at 10:29 am

Love fish tacos – I have some leftover cooked cod…guess what I’ll be making tonight!

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Paige @Running Around Normal August 1, 2010 at 11:04 am

You are an amazing girlfriend! What a cute and delicious picnic!

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Hillary August 1, 2010 at 11:22 am

Almanzo is a lucky guy — what a delicious dinner! & outside dining, how nice :)

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Anya @ Fitness & Sunshine August 1, 2010 at 11:30 am

Geese! :) I love them.

Fish tacos are interesting. My parents had them once as I watched… I wasn’t really sure what to think. ;) I still haven’t tried a fish taco.

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Stephanie August 1, 2010 at 12:30 pm

I am obsessed with fish tacos! They are so good and I am totally making them tonight for dinner because of you! I read this post this morning and I can’t get them out of my head. Yum, I can’t wait to eat them!!!

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Katie August 1, 2010 at 7:44 pm

Ooo I love fish tacos!! And picnics, I love just enjoying the sun and the outdoors!

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Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies August 2, 2010 at 6:16 am

Fish tacos are an obsession of mine…so good!

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Kathryn August 2, 2010 at 7:43 am

Hi Jenna,
I’ve been on a fish taco kick myself lately after having some incredible ones at a new restaurant downtown where we live (Wilmington, NC) I’m dying to make my own now! Question: what kind of seasoning did you use for the tilapia?
Thanks!
Kathryn

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marie August 2, 2010 at 8:34 am

The custodians and landscapers who have to pressure wash the sidewalks and cut/fertilize the grass would probably disagree with you. Geese are EVIL. They have diarrhea all over our neighborhood, our poor backyard is like a mine field in the summer. They are also mean and nasty and they hiss and torment our cat and ducks. Take your BFs advice and just walk the other way.

Oh, killer salsa BTW. =)

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