Hip hip hurray!! Summer is here at last, what better way to welcome it in than by cooking up some scrumptious seasonal produce based fare. We are loving all the fabulous varieties of shelling beans that are just now starting to come into season. Decorated with polka dots, strips and vivid colors that range from green, yellow and black to purple, pink and red shelling beans are as much a sight for the eyes as they are a treat for the tummy. For your cooking pleasure we have gathered up a few of our favorite shelling bean recipes. Enjoy!
Last month our very own Slow Food Urban San Diego Education co-chair, the talented Chef Jenn Felmley teamed up with everyone’s favorite fishmonger Tommy Gnomes of Catalina Offshore for one of their famous cooking classes at Great News Cooking School in Pacific Beach. Tommy graciously donated his teaching fee to Slow Food Urban San Diego (thank you Tommy!!) and as if that was not enough wonderfulness Chef Jenn and Tommy graciously decided to share one of the favorite recipes of the class with all our readers here on the blog. Enjoy!!
Baja Style Ceviche
Serves 4 to 6
- 1 ½ lb Firm fleshed white fish (rockfish, snapper, etc.), boneless and skinless
- ¾ cup Fresh squeezed lime juice
- ½ cup Fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 1/3 cup Beer (preferably a Mexican beer like Corona, Tecate or Dos Equis)
- 1 Jalapeno, seeded & diced
- 1 cup Green onion, sliced into thin slices
- 1/4 cup Cilantro leaves, chopped
- 1 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup Tomato ketchup
- ¼ cup Clamato or tomato juice
- ¼ cup Lime juice
- Salt & fresh ground black pepper
- 1 1/3 cup Cherry tomatoes (multi colored), halved or quartered
- 1/2 cup English Cucumber, finely diced
- Tortilla chips
Cut the fish into ¼ inch dice and place into a shallow non-reactive dish.
Combine lemon juice, lime juice and beer; pour over fish (liquid should generously cover the fish or else you will need to stir the fish every 10 minutes).
Marinade the fish in the liquid, refrigerated, for about 30 minutes (or until the fish is no longer pink and raw looking when broken apart).
In a large bowl, stir together jalapenos, green onions, cilantro, olive oil, ketchup, Clamato juice and lime juice.
Drain fish from the marinade.
Gently fold tomatoes, cucumbers, and fish into jalapeno mixture. Season with salt and pepper.
Serve with saltine crackers, good quality corn tortilla chips or tostadas.
Heart healthy beets are rich in betaine, a nutrient that is being studied for its cardiovascular benefits. What better way to treat your loved ones this valentines than with a sweet treat that packs a heart healthy boost! This video from husband and wife team Matt and Julie Walker of Tiger in a Jar made our produce loving hearts skip a beat and sent us running to the kitchen to whip up this healthier twist on the beloved red velvet cake.