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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Avocado and Tilapia Fish Tacos

Today we are celebrating Cinco de Mayo here with perhaps a margarita or two, some fish tacos and of course Avocados from Mexico are in the mix. They are on sale at IGA at the moment for 99 cents as a bonus, and you’ll find this Ocean Wise Tilapia we use there too! While many think May 5 is to celebrate Mexican Independence day (Sept. 16) , it is actually to commemorate the Mexican army’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. There’s your bit of history for the day, now go mix yourself a margarita and make these tacos.  Thanks to our consulting chef, Michael Smith, who’s also my boyfriend, for making these twice this week so I could get some good pictures.

Avocado

As we’ve been experimenting with best ways to peel and slice the avocado, we’ve discovered our new knife, a ceramic one from Epicure is the bomb! I highly recommend you check out their products.

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Michael’s pickles are the best and he used them for these tacos. When I refer to Chef Michael Smith please know I mean the Vancouver chef and my partner, not the tall PEI one with the cookbooks. Although we are a fan of his too, he is not the one who lives with me! We’ve only met once, in fact.

First make…..Michael’s Pickles

Don’t be too picky about what you put in here, switch up the veggies, add other fruits and use whatever oil and vinegar, lemon, lime, etc. you have on hand. Vinegar/acid is always 1/3 the amount of oil. Don’t mess with that ratio!

1 carrot
1 small fennel bulb
1 stalk celery
1 small leek white park only
1 red pepper
1 small mango

Julienne all

1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp fresh cracked pepper
1 Tbsp avocado oil
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
Sprinkle of fresh herbs such as cilantro, parsley or basil

guac mix epicure
1 Tbsp Epicure Guacamole Mix – if you have on hand. This is also awesome for guacamole of course!

Add to veggie mix, toss all together and let marinate for at least an hour. It’ll keep for a week if you cover it properly.

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For the tacos – For 2 – double or triple if you like

Corn Tortillas
1 MEXICAN Avocado sliced
2 Tilapia Filets (oceanwise – we bought ours from IGA to be sure)
Olive Oil for the pan
1 Tbsp Epicure Guac Mix
Pinch salt and a twist or two of fresh black pepper

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Cut fish into thirds or quarters, dip in the Epicure guacamole mix, mixed in with the salt and pepper and fry in olive oil for about 2 mins per side, depending on thickness.

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In separate pan fry corn tortillas for 1 min per side in olive oil remove from pan, top with pickles, avocado and fish, roll up and enjoy!

Margarita recipe

Lime margaritas

GOOD tequila (2 oz), triple sec (1 oz), fresh lime or lemon juice (2 oz), lime wedge, sugar or salt.
Mix everything and shake, shake, shake with lots of ice. Salt rim, pour in chilled glass and garnish with lime.

*Please note that I am the Western Canadian Ambassador for Mexican Avocados and am being compensated to help bring you avocado news. However, we would eat avocados everyday even if we were not paid to do so!

Mothers Day Gifts For Food Loving Moms

 

It’s time to treat your Mama right this mother’s day. While you may not want her to spend any time in the kitchen on that special day, she’s certainly going to want to get in their quickly once you give her one of these amazing foodie gifts.

From the top left to right:

1) All-Clad Copper Core 2Qt Saucepan SALE $179.95 at Cookworks.

2) The Beasty Box from Urban Digs is a “nose to tail” butchery box. We source locally produced meat from small scale farms like our own that practice sustainable farming methods. $175

3) Northern Divine Caviar 

4) Epicure Mini Baker$17 – grab a set of 6-8

5) Lost Inhibitions Wine from Church and State – because even your mother has to let her guard down sometimes!

6) New Roots Cookbook – Inspired Plant Based Recipes

7) Preserves from Vista D’Oro 

8) Tea from The Urban Tea Merchant

9) Millifera Bees Honey local honey

10) Weber Grills new Weber Q 1200

11) Moe’s Home Collection Ring 3 Tier Pedestal Stand $75

CONTEST CLOSED Epicure Holiday #Giveaway $300+ in Kitchenware and Spices

Congrats to Sean Neild on the win!

Believe it! With Epicure you can make a holiday dinner in 60 minutes OR LESS and we’ve got a giveaway to help you with this easy peasy meal! See our full post on the dinner here.

Epicure Holiday Dinner

Epicure is a company who’s motto is “Good Food. Real Fast.”and products include a massive range of pre- blended spices, gorgeous kitchenware and  many recipes for you to make it all happen in your kitchen.

Epicure Holiday Dinner (ready start to finish in just 60 min) Easy recipes in the links

Mulled Wine
Hot BLT Appy with crudité

Epicure Holiday Dinner

Easy Roast Turkey
Roasted Root Vegetables
Steamer Stuffing
Herb & Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Egg Nogg Cheesecake Bites with rum ganache

GIVEAWAY INCLUDES:

Seasonings
Epicure Turkey Feast Seasoning

Epicure Mulling Spices

Epicure Mulling Spices

Epicure BLT

Epicure BLT Dip Mix

Epicure Turkey

 

Epicure Turkey Seasoning

Epicure Holiday Seasoning

Epicure Sage & apple Stuffing

Epicure Herb & Garlic Dip Mix

Epicure Cheesecake
Epicure WFD Eggnog Cheesecake

Epicure cookware

Epicure Multi-Purpose Pot

Epicure Multi-purpose pot

Epicure Bake & roll

Epicure Baker
Epicure Baking Sheet

Epicure Silicone Basting Brush

mini baker

Epicure Mini baker

Epicure Dip & Spreader

Epicure Square Steamer

epicure knife
Epicure En garde Knife
Epicure Baker (make great serving ware)

Perfect Petites

Epicure Perfect Petities with Lux Decorator for star-worthy cheesecake dessert

To win!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Holiday Dinner From Epicure in 60 Minutes or Less

Except perhaps a pizza and a salad here and there, I’ve never done dinner in 60 minutes or less, let alone a holiday dinner, so when I was told that a full holiday dinner could to be prepared for me in this quick manner, I was intrigued. STAY TUNED for a giveaway where you can make this all yourself with all the Epicure products you need!

Epicure is a company who’s motto is “Good Food. Real Fast.” and they delivered on their quick meal promise.  Their products include a massive range of pre- blended spices, gorgeous kitchenware and they have so many recipes for you to make it all happen in your kitchen.

Epicure Holiday Dinner

The lovely Crystal MacGregor, Epicure’s Director of Innovation,   not only kept her cool in the kitchen while preparing this magic meal, she rocked it as though she was in full video record mode for national television. She’s my new hero. When I cook, things fly around the kitchen and I have to constantly cook, pause, regroup and clean.

On the menu? Holiday Dinner Menu  (ready start to finish in just 60 min)

Epicure Mulled Wine

Mulled Wine
Hot BLT Appy with crudité
Easy Roast Turkey
Roasted Root Vegetables
Steamer Stuffing
Herb & Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Egg Nogg Cheesecake Bites with rum ganache

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Recipes:

Mulled Wine
Hot BLT Appy with crudité
Easy Roast Turkey
Roasted Root Vegetables
Steamer Stuffing
Herb & Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Egg Nogg Cheesecake Bites with rum ganache

Epicure Turkey Feast Seasoning:

Epicure Mulling Spices
Epicure BLT Dip Mix
Epicure Turkey Seasoning
Epicure Holiday Seasoning
Epicure Sage & apple Stuffing
Epicure Herb & Garlic  Dip Mix
Epicure WFD Eggnog Cheesecake

Epicure cookware

Epicure Multi-purpose pot
Epicure Bake & roll
Epicure Baking Sheet
Epicure Silicone Basting Brush
Epicure Mini baker
Epicure Dip & Spreader
Epicure Square Steamer x2
Epicure En garde Knife
Epicure Baker x 2 (make great serving ware)
Epicure Perfect Petities with Lux Decorator for star-worthy cheesecake dessert 

Time saving tips

  • Multi-purpose pot—makes making mulled wine or juice, easy, simply, make, keep warm, serve and store in the muti-purpose pot, which fits easier on that back burner on your stove
  • Easy roast turkey & holiday veggies – all on one baking sheet with Bake & roll (easy to use, clean, no drips, then into dishwasher), easy to make and clean up ready in 45-50 min
  • Silicone brush makes basting with oil easy
  • Steamers- make making mashed potatoes and stuffing super simple, quick and with less pots on your stove and clean up
  • Bakers- present nice, and are made of stoneware to keep your side dishes warm

Check out the super cute video for more tips here.