Sunday, April 26, 2009

Soft Shell Tacos with Avacado Mango Salsa and Oscar Goes To The Hospital For Heart Surgery

Oscar has worked at our farm since a few months after we purchased it in 1994. When he first started working for us he had two children now he has six. When he first started working for us he was 24 now he is 39 almost 40. When he first started working for us he was just another bricklayer, but 15 years later he is like part of the family.

In December of 2007, Oscar suffered a heart attack. He is one of those employees that everyone would love to have working for them because he NEVER misses work, he never complains and he is always compliant. One day he didn't show up and the next day he didn't show up either. By the third day I was concerned. I went to his home to see what was wrong. No telephone! Oscar's legs were swollen and he couldn't walk. He said his knees hurt, his chest hurt, he was coughing a dry cough and he thought he had "dinge".

Mango Avocado Cucumber Salsa

Ingredients:1/2 c. fresh cilantro, chopped

1/4 c. fresh mint, chopped

1 ripe avocado, peeled and cubed

1 ripe mango, peeled and cubed

1/2 cup small red onion, halved and thinly sliced

15 spring peas cut into small pieces

½ of a large cucumber peeled and cubed

5 green onion, white and light green portions diced

juice of 2 limes

1/4 c. olive oil

1 large garlic clove, minced or pressed

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper

1/4 tsp chili powder

1/4 tsp smoked paprika

Directions:-In small bowl, combine avocado, mango and juice of 1/2 lime.

-Toss and set aside.

-In separate small bowl, combine remaining lime juice, garlic, salt, pepper, chili powder, and paprika.

-Whisk to combine and while whisking constantly, slowly drizzle in olive oil to emulsify.-In large serving bowl, combine all other ingredients

-Top with drained mango and avocado and serve immediately

Excellent as a refreshing salsa on tacos.

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