Tilapia with tortilla while beating Aston Villa

And once again the whole thing started similarly for both of us – I mean the team and myself.

We’ve recently decided to eat more fish and the last weekend was the weekend when I was supposed to cook something for the family from the tilapia in the freezer. I found a recipe, we had done everything prior to the match and the cooking – only to realize that the fish needed to be put to a bowl full of lime juice for something like four hours.

Well, so much for lunch – and just as I avoided the thunder of my wife’s hunger the team conceded from a free kick. As if it wasn’t hard enough.

tortilla and fish
Tortilla, fish and salad

So I really had time to rest a little bit – and had time to prepare everything else for the cooking – first the sauces as there are two different sauces to make.

Preparing the fish

  • 1/2 cup of lime juice
  • 0,5 kg tilapia fillet (4 bigger fillets)

Sauce for the fish

lime and honey
Lime and honey sauce
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil (I used corn oil)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

Mix them together with a spoon and let it rest in the bowl.

Sauce for the veggies

mayo sauce
Mayo sauce
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2-3 tablespoon chilli sauce
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • salt to taste
  • ground pepper to taste
  • vegetable mix (I used carrot – julienne, white cabbage, red cabbage, salad)

Pour the mix over the vegetable and mix them together. Save a little of the sauce for the tortillas.

salad and sauce
Salad mix with sauce

When these all were ready I still had something like three hours until I could take the tilapia out from the fridge, so I simply watched the team turning the match around in a very good manner. Somehow I wasn’t really worried after conceding – seems like we don’t have any troubles against lower or mediocre teams – it’s the bigger teams that can give us problems. If we just could somehow turn this corner we would be in a much better position.

Maybe Moyesy should turn that corner and as I wrote at the beginning of the season he should change his small team coat to another one or grow into the one he has to wear here (there) at Old Trafford.

Anyway, by the time Palace was one-nil up against Chelsea, the tilapias were (almost) ready for frying (and my wife was quite close to starving to death) so I’d decided to finish it off.

Coating the fish

Take two different plates for the flour and the breadcrumbs and a bowl for the eggs (beat them lightly).

Lay the fish first in the flour, then in the eggs and then in the breadcrumbs, then lay them on a plate.

  • 1 cup flour
  • two eggs
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs

(What I like to do is to add some flavour to the flour, salt and something like oregano, parsley for example – that can be really nice.)

Frying the fish

fish coated
Coated fish in a skillet

Add vegetable oil into a skillet, something like quarter of an inch and heat it over medium heat until it sizzles when you put some flour in it. Fry the fish, add a little more oil if necessary. Take care, one or two of my fishes fell apart when I was taking them out of the skillet…) Put them on a plate with paper towel on it to soak the oil, and brush with the lime-honey sauce (or just pour it over them as I did).

coated fish
Coated fish

Finish it

  • tortillas

Warm up the tortillas a bit and spread some of the remainder of the mayo sauce on each one, add a fish or chunks of a ship, add some of the vegetable, wrap the tortilla – and enjoy.

Just as my family enjoyed it – even my daughter had two! Well, one and a half, say. OK, a bit more than one, but she definitely asked for another one!

tortilla and fish
Tortilla, fish and salad
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