Baja Fish Tacos from Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon

Baja Fish Tacos at the Celtic Festival in DOA

"Wow!" She walked round him in a circle, goggling.  "Roger, you are gorgeous!"  She smiled, a trifle lopsided.  "My mother always said men in kilts were irresistible.  I guess she was right."

He saw her swallow hard, and wanted to hug her for her bravery, but she had already turned away, gesturing toward the main food area.

"Are you hungry?  I had a look while you were changing.  We've got our choice between octopus-on-a-stick, Baja fish tacos, Polish dogs--"

He took her arm and pulled her round to face him.

"Hey," he said softly.  "I'm sorry; I wouldn't have brought you if I'd know it would be a shock."

"It's all right."  Her smile was better this time.  "It's -- I'm glad you brought me."

"Truly?"

"Yeah.  Really.  It's --" She waved helplessly at the tartan swirl of noise and color all around them.  It's so -- Scottish."

Drums of Autumn (Chapter 4 - A Blast from the Past)

You can say alot of things about Bree...but she's brave.

Brave to the point of stupidity -- which she pays for further down the line -- much like her sire, AND her mother for that matter.  Instinctual courage:  nature and nurture?

Probably a little bit of both. (She's got more than a little bit of Frank in her, after all.)

For now, her only decision is what to eat.  And because she's a bit distracted, I've made the choice for her.

BAJA FISH TACO SLAW

The Baja fish tacos available in 1969 at a Celtic Festival in the mountains outside of Boston would have looked quite different than mine.  Bree and Roger would have likely munched down on some heavily battered cod laid on top of shredded iceberg lettuce, smothered with a bland mayonnaise sauce and wrapped in a cardboard-like tortilla.  I don't even want to think about the octopuses-on-sticks.

On the streets of Baja today, you're more likely to find some lightly breaded, crispy-fried white-fish fillets wrapped in a soft homemade corn tortilla, garnished with cabbage and drizzled with lime-spiked Mexican crèma.

But battering/breading fish can be verra involved and messy...and there's already lots of crunch from the cabbage, bell pepper and onion, so I took my Baja fish tacos the route of light, fresh, flavourful and fast by searing the spice-rubbed pieces quickly in an oil-brushed pan.

BAJA FISH TACO

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