Monday, June 28, 2010

A recipe overheard at the gym

TomatillosImage by chrismar via Flickr

I overheard two women at the gym discussing what they had served for dinner, and one mentioned a salsa that sounded intriguing. When I asked the women what kind of chicken they served their families, one said organic and the other said Perdue. 

The woman who serves organic chicken recommended a salsa made with tomatillos (photo) and watermelon, seasoned with cumin. That's all I remember, even though I asked her to repeat the recipe a couple of days later.

At Corrado's in Clifton, the tomatillos were rotten, but I found some nice ones at Compare Foods in Passaic. They also are available at Hackensack Market on Passaic Street in Hackensack. They are small, green tomatoes that come in a husk. The taste is unusual and pleasantly sour.

I chopped up four tomatillos (without the husk, stem or stem base) and a thick, half-slice of a large, seedless watermelon. I added two or three nice pinches of ground cumin, some fresh lemon juice, a little chopped jalapeno pepper without seeds, and chopped cilantro from the garden. I guess you could add ripe tomato or onion or both.

I had some with breakfast this morning, alongside my sardine, tomato and cheese sandwich. Wonderful. This salsa would be great with fish, too.
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  1. Sounds like you're one of those bored eaters. It's said that you don't regard eating well as one of the great pleasures in life.

  2. That should be, It's sad that you don't regard eating well......

  3. Funny you should mention rotten tomatillos at Corrado's. I just opened up a couple of two-for-a-dollar avocados I bought at Corrado's on Saturday and the flesh was rotten gray. Threw them out. The quality of a lot of their produce is suspect.

  4. Right. And, of course, you're not going to bother going back with the rotten avocados so they can set things right. They probably were stored improperly or for too long. Corrado's is not what it used to be.

  5. A lot of that produce is refrigerated then put out at room temperature to sell. If you do buy something from there, it will more than likely have to be refrigerated as soon as you get home, especially in the summer.


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