(mid june. number 19.)
For this Secret Restaurant, we wanted to try something pretty far outside of our usual realm of experience. Inspired by a visit to famed ridiculous Peruvian restaurant in the Peal District, and tales from friends of eating experiences in South America, we ended up with what could only be described as a new genre! Ecuadorian Nouvelle Cuisine. The faux fusion restaurant this time would be named after Aria's former place of residence, Cuenca. O brother, where will we go next?
On the Table
Tortilla chips (store-bought, we can't make eeeverything!) and homemade spice slam habanero salsa.
Skewers & Salad
Rock fish and prickly-pear cactus on skewers. The fish was rubbed with blackening spices, and the fruit touched up with a little sugar for extra caramelizing, then cooked on an outdoor grill. Drizzled with a deep, dark mole sauce.
The salad was a mexican-style coleslaw, with cabbage, red onion, spring turnip, pickled cactus, and underripe kiwi, treated with lime juice and white wine vinegar. Served on top of fresh lettuces from our backyard garden.
Served with a slice of yellow hothouse heirloom tomato, touched up with pink himalayan salt and lemon pepper.