Guac season

It’s officially summer, meaning it’s officially margarita and guac season. I mean, come on guys. Who doesn’t loooove fresh guac? So why not whip up a batch yourself to make with these spicy margaritas? Perfect for (every) Friday night, or get togethers, or movie night, or…you get the point.

  • 1 avocado
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 1 lime for juice
  • 1/2 mango, cubed
  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • Dash of salt and pepper

Guac_damndelish

Happy eating,

XO.

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Tropical Cake

Listen guys, Spring has sprung and that means bright vibrant colors and flavors. I am not the baker of the two of us so this is a hella short cut move to make the most scrumptious Spring cake. It has the zip of citrus, and the tropical flavors I adored on my recent spring break trip to Costa Rica with the mango, guava and coconut.  With all this deliciousness, perhaps now I wont stop at the cupcake place on my walk home from work. This hits my baked goodness craving pretty well!

  • 1 Box of Duncan Hines lemon cake mix (Per box instructions 1 cup water, 1/3 vegetable oil and 3 eggs)
  • 1 can mango slices (hmpf, don’t hate. It’s not warm enough yet for fresh. I don’t live in Mexico, but if you do, then by all means rock some fresh fruit)
  • 1 cup shredded coconut

Glaze:

  • Half the jar of guava jam
  • Zest of two lemons
  • Juice of two lemons

Mix well

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix the oil, water, 3 eggs, shredded coconut, and cake mix. Spray pan well with nonstick spray. Coat the bottom of your 9″ pan with the glaze and the mango slices. Pour cake batter over the glaze, kind of like one would do for a pineapple upside down cake. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes and let cool for at least 15 minutes. Flip cooled cake on to serving dish. (Aint nothing wrong with a couple of shakes of powdered suga for presentation purposes and well, um, yumminess!)

Tropical Cake

Happy Eating, XO.

Shrimp Tacos with Mango Salsa

Last year we gave you fish tacos (which we’re still dreaming about). So this year, we’re bringing you shrimp tacos! Btw, can we talk about how an entire year has already gone by?! Anyway…here is your unofficial official “summer taco”.

*Makes 4 tacos.

Tacos

  • 16 pieces of small shrimp, peeled
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin (If you need a reason to keep cumin stocked, we have you covered.)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 4 corn tortillas

Mango salsa

  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • 1 mango, pitted and diced
  • 1 avocado, pitted and diced
  • 1 small tomato, diced

*For a more “island” taste, toss in 1 tbsp of coconut milk.

In a bowl, toss together your chopped and diced ingredients for the salsa – onion, cilantro, mango, and avocado. Set aside. Whisk together the spices for the tacos – chili powder, cayenne pepper, cumin and sea salt. Toss the shrimp in the spicy mixture until fully covered. Throw the shrimp on the grill for approximately 4 minutes (2 minutes per side) until cooked and slightly charred. Just before the shrimp is done cooking, heat the tortillas on the grill. Layer the shrimp on the tortilla, and top with the mango salsa. Enjoy with our ginger beer and tequila cocktail!

Shrimp Tacos

Happy Eating, XO.