You know, negating the fact that we talk weekly, sometimes daily. That's beside the point. The point is, you think just because I gave you a guest spot once, you can muscle in on my territory? Uh-uh, gorgeous. I'm still the pretty princess of BZP chefs and you can't unseat me.
For those to young to remember, I used to post recipes on this blog, which was initially inspired by KIE's culinary blog entries (I still maintain that, during its heyday, Byron's was the best blog BZPower ever saw). I'm no fancy Chef de cuisine or Sous-chef or anything, but I love to cook, and I wanted to share simple, easy, and diverse recipes to show that it's not a complicated task. Often, I see young folks talk about how cooking looks so difficult and impossible, and I wanted to say hey man, don't worry! It can be really easy!
I was in college when I first started the series, so my entries really stressed fast, simple things that could often be made in just a dorm room, with only a microwave and cheap canned/boxed foods. I've been out of college for a couple years now (and moved out to my own place before that, even), so my own cooking's gotten a little more seasoned. But I still want to highlight that cooking is simple (and fun) - and maybe upset that awful stereotype of the post-graduate life being all cereal, PB&J, and spaghetti.
Seriously, screw spaghetti. Spaghetti is for people who've lost hope. I should make an entry titled "20 things to do with pasta that AREN'T spaghetti but are just as easy and just as cheap."
That all said, I'm going to start with a recipe that actually requires no cooking at all. Why, you ask? Because I want to strike back against Gato with something that will hurt him. Shane, baby, I see your meat sushi and counter with...something healthy, you pansy. You and your precious jingoism and your gender binary. I'm coming for you, and your cuteness won't protect you this time. Like the Hulk, today we're going....GREEN.
Fresh Salad with Mango and Avocado
And Home-Made Cilantro/Jalapeno Dressing
- 1 head of lettuce
- 1 ripe mango
- 1 avocado
- 1 scallion
- 1/2 red pepper
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
- 6 tbsp olive oil
- 2 1/2 tbsp lime juice (I fresh-squeezed mine, but you can get a bottle for like a buck or less)
- 2 jalapeno peppers (i use pickled jalapeno in lieu of fresh, but fresh is better)
- 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
- 1/2 tsp celery salt (or regular salt if you're boring)
Peel and slice the mango and avocado, and slice the red pepper and scallion. Wash the lettuce and cilantro. Set all these aside. Mmm, they all look so colourful and delicious. Put some color in my gut.
Now dice some of that mango, chop 1/4 cup of the cilantro, and dice the jalapenos. Throw these in a medium bowl with the olive oil, celery salt, and lime juice, and mix. If you have any soy sauce or red pepper flakes, feel free to add a little - or just experiment! Cooking is all about just adding or substituting whatever looks good and rolling with it. Anyway stir all this stuff together.
Oh, oh dang, son. Did you just MAKE a SALAD DRESSING? You know, the kind of stuff that you usually have to buy in bottles? Oh man. You did. And all you had to do was stir. You're incredible.
Tear up your lettuce and cilantro leaves with your hands, and toss them in the dressing. Top with the mango, avocado, and red pepper slices, and ENJOY. This quantity serves about 2-4 people and can be a side dish or a main course.
I always tried to give vegetarian alternatives for most of the recipes I posted, since it's socially-conscious and my buddy Rob (Janus here on BZ) is vegetarian, but I can't give a vegetarian alternative for this because it already has no meat. Dang, son!
I'd like to get back in the game of posting recipes regularly. Feel free to recommend cuisines/types of dishes/whatever you'd like me to cover. I'd also be happy to feature guest spots. I just wanna encourage good, easy food times among my peers. Put down the hamburger helper, knowhatimsayin?
In conclusion: EAT IT, SHANE.