This fish tacos recipe might come handy on any busy summer night. It is quick and simple and most importantly, absolutely delicious! Preparation time 30 min Ingredients (4 servings) 2 medium tomatoes finely chopped 1 small red onion finely chopped 1 clove garlic, minced ½ cup roughly chopped cilantro 1 jalapeño finely chopped ¼ cup mayonnaise ½ cup plain greek yogurt 2 tbs lime juice Kosher salt …
I grew up during communism in Slovakia, I remember, our life was quite simple. Grocery stores had a single counter and few shelves behind it. You had to stand in line until it was your turn to ask a lady behind the counter to hand you over few groceries. There was usually only one kind of bread to choose from, one kind of flour, one kind of cheese, one kind of…you get the idea. If you came after 10AM, most likely you left the store empty-handed and had to wait until the next day to get fresh bread and milk. There was no such thing as “May I please get a dozen cage-free GMO-free low cholesterol eggs of such and such brand?”. You only asked for butter or milk or eggs. Oranges were available only around Christmas. If you were lucky and new the person selling them you could get more than just one bag for your family. Up until these days, when I see an orange I think of Christmas.
Owning a small garden was very popular those days in Slovakia. Gardening enabled people to have continuous access to fresh fruit and vegetables without having to rely on grocery stores. My parents grew lots of different produce in their garden from snap peas and strawberries, through potatoes, kohlrabi, cabbage, lettuce, beets and cucumbers, to squash, cherries and blackcurrants.
Meals were simple but always made from scratch with fresh homegrown produce free of chemicals and pesticides. My “fast food” was a slice of rye bread with butter and honey.
When I moved to the US 20 years ago I was overwhelmed with the variety of food choices and products available to people in grocery stores. Here I was in my early thirties learning to pay attention to product brands, labels and nutrition facts. I lost more than 10 pound just in the first few weeks as I was getting used to eating processed food. I remember, everything seemed either too salty or too sweet or too vinegary. Even just plain chicken and eggs seemed to have not only a different flavor but also texture. It took me several months before I could eat them.
Over the years I have become slowly accustomed to the American diet but have not given up on cooking from scratch and with fresh and organic produce. I have created my own twists on recipes that I have collected over the years inspired by both, the American and also Slovakian cuisine (and also by the cuisines of many other countries I had a chance to visit).
Please check out this page and find some of my favorites!