Something yummy…

February 11th, 2010

Oh, Valentine’s is coming and the food blog world has been struck with lots and lots of hearts, chocolate and other ways to woo your sweetie.  I must say my two favorite posts lately have been a bit unconventional… not that I don’t love pink, hearts and an excuse to eat way too much chocolate but I also like to be a little different…

For Chris’s Kitchen of Love event focusing on aphrodisiacs, I’m submitting this amazing corn-meal crusted lime tilapia with a coconut-mango-ginger risotto.  I was inspired by this, this, and this.  Ginger and Garlic are apparently aphrodisiacs… I think the texture and flavor of the mango and coconut would be a very romantic meal…  It was really delicious!  One of my favorite meals this year!

Corn-Meal Crusted Seared Lime Tilapia
1 garlic clove, crushed
2 in. piece ginger, sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon lime juice
1-2 fillets of tilapia
1/2 cup cornmeal
1 egg

1. Marinade the tilapia in the garlic, ginger, lime juice, and olive oil for about an hour.
2. Beat the egg and dip the tilapia into it.
3. Dip into the corn meal so that it is well covered.
4. Sear the tilapia over medium high heat until cooked through. About 5 minutes on both sides.

Coconut- Mango- Ginger Risotto
1 cup jasmine rice
1 can, coconut milk (13.5 oz)
chicken broth (about 3 cups but more if necessary)
1 mango, cut into cubes
2 green onions, sliced
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tablespoon butter

1. In a frying pan, heat the butter and cook the garlic until tender about a minute or two. (next time I would like to try a little of fresh sliced ginger at this step).
2. Brown the rice for a minute and then add the coconut milk. Cook until all the liquid has been absorbed.
3. Add 1/2 cup of chicken broth at a time, bringing to a simmer, until the broth is absorbed.
4. Continue until the rice is tender and cooked through.
5. Remove from the heat, stir in the mango and green onions (you may want a little more green onion). Season with pepper and salt.

Leftovers:  I made fish sandwiches with the leftover tilapia.  With the risotto, I quickly sunny-side fried an egg and ate it with the risotto.  The yolk and the rice was very good!

4 Responses to “Something yummy…”

  1. noble pig on February 12, 2010 4:01 pm

    Nice, I have been in a tropical mood!

  2. FoodCents on February 12, 2010 5:24 pm

    The fish sounds great, the leftover might also be good in fish tacos with a cabbage/avacadoe topping.

    Happy Weekend!!!

  3. Chris on February 17, 2010 5:22 pm

    Delish! I have to try this! Thanks for participating Ginny! Sorry I missed your email. Its included in the rounf up now. :)

  4. Cucina D’amore/Kitchen of Love! at on February 8, 2011 10:35 pm

    [...] I still love making it… It turns out that  Parsley and Paprika are aphrodisiacs…. So, I would like to enter this dish in Chris’s Cucina d’amore…. last year, I made this delicious creation… [...]

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