It’s reached that point in the winter where my reserves for its challenges are depleted. I know I shouldn’t complain, because this year has been mild. There’s been very little snow and very little shoveling to go with it. But when I look out the window, and it’s another gray day, and the branches are still bare, it works on my psyche.
The whole house seems to feel it. Avon is a very playful cat by nature, and even with toys aplenty, he’s going stir-crazy. He has instead amped up his sudden bolts and jumps onto the very mature Jezebel. They get along so much better when the sun deck is warm (as evidenced here, here, and here). Plus, Avon can amuse himself watching the chipmunks who come to visit and the groundhog who wobbles across the yard. Alas, they’re still hibernating.
It’s supposed to warm up this week, and that will really help. In the meantime, I’m wishing that I was on the beach at a cabana, palm trees swaying, the ocean lulling me to relax… My skin would be warm and tan from the day, and I’d tip my head back to enjoy a Mexican beer with lime juice still sticky on the rim. Chips, freshly made salsa, and guacamole in a molcajete would not go amiss. And for the main course – fishless tacos with chipotle crema.
With no cabana in sight, these crispy fishless filets were made by way of Gardein and stuffed into corn tortillas with romaine, onions, and avocado. (They’re also great with the crabless cakes, by the way.) Cilantro and a drizzling of chipotle crema finishes them off.
The bulk of the crema comes together with cashews and chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. You can pick up the canned peppers next to the jarred salsas and packaged tortillas in most grocery stores. The 7 ounce cans are usually a couple of dollars. You’ll need just two peppers for this recipe. Put the remaining peppers and sauce in a container in the refrigerator for later use. (These sweet potato and black bean tacos, perhaps?)
You may recall I made these vegan fish tacos recently for my What Vegans Eat post, and there were requests for the chipotle crema that I made on the fly. So I made the dish again, this time noting the amounts. I wrote the recipe to make 6 tacos since that’s how many filets come in a package of Gardein. However, it’s easy enough to pull only as many filets as you need from the bag and reduce the rest of the ingredients accordingly.
I recommend making the full batch of crema, however. One, if you get the amounts too small, it won’t blend as well since it will go below the blade. Two, the crema is great in other dishes. I’m going to share another way that I’ve been using it a little later this week.
If it’s warm and beautiful where you live, go outside today and feel some of that delicious sun on your skin. And if not, you’re welcome to join me in my imaginary cabana, where the margaritas always have a salted rim, and the tacos are covered in crema.