I believe there are signs in life and that sometimes when you pray you get an answer. It may come as a surprise and even in a way you totally did not expect. But it happens. And it happened to me today. Last night I was cleaning out a closet and I came across something I had shoved in it. My sweet kitty Caesar’s old bed. We had to put him down a few months ago and it was absolutely heartbreaking for both Jorge and I. I felt so lost without him and felt that he was taken from me way to soon. Some people may not understand, but until you have a pet that is truly part of the family…you just will not get it. And that is what he was, part of the family. So last night I found his bed, that I had shoved way in the back, because I had no idea how to deal with the pain I felt when I saw it. And last night, a few months after he passed, I stumbled across it. And I thought of all the great times and his unique, quirky personality. And I started to cry because I miss him. And then I prayed. I prayed that he is ok where ever he may be…and that he knows that Jorge and I love and miss him and did everything we could for him. And then I put his bed back because I was not sure what else to do with it, and I went to bed. Then this afternoon the UPS man stopped by and when I opened the door, in ran this little baby girl…

I stood there staring at the UPS guy and he just shrugged and said “Sign here please?”. So I scooped up the little kitten that just ran inside and started walking up and down knocking on my neighbors doors. Eventually I found out that some people moved this last weekend and two neighbors noticed that she showed up on Friday. At this point, I was getting so aggravated with my neighbors. This kitten was skin and bones and so scared to be outside, and people saw her…and just left her. But I said, well I guess you are home now, and headed inside. I took her upstairs and put her in the office and sat down next to her. And it hit me and I immediately started crying and calling Jorge. Caesar sent her to me. It is his way of telling me he is ok and that he knows we would take care of this little kitty like we took care of him. And I will. I am taking her tomorrow to get checked out at the vet and as long as everything checks out ok, I am going to introduce her to our other 4 legged babies. You may not believe in signs, but I do. And I never asked for a sign but I sure did get one. And I am definitely not going to ignore it.  And now the only thing left is to give her a name to fit her sweet, chatty personality! My Mom says she looks like Halloween…so we might name her Pumpkin or Trixie (for Trick or Treat) or who knows…but any good ones I would love to hear!

Now this had absolutely NOTHING to do with these delicious Blackened Fish Tacos. I wish it did. Caesar did love fish…but that’s a pretty weak connection! I just had to share this story with you guys, because it truly amazed me and reminded me that someone really is looking down on us and listening…and sometimes we do get signs or prayers answered. But please, don’t take the lack of a funny tale about these tacos as a sign that these tacos are any less then amazing.  They are honestly one of the absolute best Fish Tacos I have had! Part of that can be attributed to the sauce…which was spicy and just incredibly flavorful. And the other part is from how the fish was blackened. Both recipes are from my parents, so to me…it just makes it that much better! These truly made for a delicious, fresh, light dinner…perfect for one of these hot summer nights!

Blackened Fish Tacos

Ingredients:

For fish tacos:
2 lbs sea trout fillets (or any white fish), cut into 1 inch thick fillets
1 stick butter, melted
1/2 cup blackening seasoning
2 tablespoon olive oil
Corn Tortillas, heated
Cabbage, Shredded
Fish Taco Sauce (below)

Fish Taco Sauce:

Juice of 1/2 lime
1/2 cup light sour cream
1/2 cup light mayo
1 tablespoon Garlic Salt
1-2 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, to taste
1/2 cup roughly chopped cilantro, or to taste

Directions:

For fish tacos:
Coat cast iron skillet with olive oil. Preheat cast iron skillet to roughly 350 degrees in the oven. And once heated, move to grill that has already been heated to 400 degrees.

Toss fish with melted butter. Using 1/4 cup seasonings cover one side of fish. Place seasoning side down in cast iron skillet. Allow to cook for 2 minutes. During this time coat the side of fish facing up with the other 1/4 cup seasonings. Flip fish and allow to cook another 2 minutes, or until cooked thoroughly.

Then fill tortillas with fish, cabbage, a drizzle of the Fish Taco Sauce and enjoy!


Fish Taco Sauce:

Using your food processor or blender, purée all ingredients together. Refrigerate until ready to use.

A Novice Chef Original Recipe