A mother-daughter conversation on food and cooking (mostly)

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Grilled Catfish with Peach and Black Bean Salsa

Here's a mostly local meal: U.S. farm-raised catfish fillets marinated in lime juice, cumin, and coriander seed and then grilled; a salsa made of South Carolina peaches and red peppers, black beans, and a can of Herdez salsa verde; and red romaine lettuce. For a second course, Lawson made zucchini soup with zucchini that he grew, chicken stock, a Vidalia onion, coriander seed, sherry, and a little cream.

The catfish was odd: the hind half of each fillet was flaky and tender and delicious, while the front half had big gristly bands of fat and general nasty toughness. I like the idea of locally farmed catfish -- it's sustainable, it's an economic boon to the rural South, it's not from China -- and was really ready to love it. I just wish the whole fillet had been like the back half.

Herdez salsa verde is the ultimate secret ingredient. We keep no fewer than five cans on hand at all times.


Johnny Caker said...

Dear Miss Eva,

I made the zucchini gratin recipe you have on here and we loved it!

Next time I will use less dill seed because my taste is more sophisticated than George and Richard and sometimes we have to go low on some flavors for their sake because they are young. They liked it and ate it but they said there was something weird and I bet it was the dill seed because I let them smell the jar and that was it. They handled the chiles okay though because they are used to them because Sarah Grace went through a Mexican phase.

By the way, I see the picture of the Mexican macaroni but I can't find the recipe even though I clicked on all the links on the right side that might have it.

Also, should I put this note here or by the zucchini gratin post? I wasn't sure if you'd see it there.

I also used buttery cracker crumbs and parmesan cheese for the top and it worked great.

Also, I met your mom on the $70.00 J.C. Penney convection oven post down some. She is very nice. Is that her in the picture with the short silvery hair? You and your people are very good looking.

I laughed at your cat eating the noodle!



Eva said...

Hi, Johnny. I'm sorry we didn't reply to you right away. My mom is on a long trip, and I've been busy. I'm really glad the gratin was good.

I'll let my mom post the Mexican macaroni recipe. Sometimes we don't post recipes for everything we talk about here, but we should.

I get an email whenever someone leaves a comment, so you can put the comments on whatever post you like.

Johnny Caker said...

Dear Miss Eva,

Your momma told me she was going on a trip so I wasn't in such a big hurry. And we're putting blackberries in the freezer since there are so many.

I love you in your hotdog necklace. We eat hotdogs with chow chow. It is another Southern thing to do.