Every week I pick up flowers at the market. Just as I would replenish the fruit bowl, I make a fresh arrangement for our table. Right now I am loving proteas. They are beautiful, weird, and they come in the colors of summer, something that I am really looking forward to. I thought I might start an occasional series that pairs food with fresh flowers- starting this week with a little Cinco De Mayo flair, because Mexican food goes so well with pretty flowers. For this week's recipe I give you spicy sausage tacos with a simple slaw. This recipe is very flavorful, and so quick to prepare, making it perfect for a week night meal or party food. Happy Weekend!
Spicy Sausage Tacos (3)
6 corn tortillas
2 fully cooked sausage (I used Trader Joes new Korean Style Chicken)
2 cups shredded cabbage
1 tsp minced serrano or jalapeno
1/4 diced red onion, plus a few thin slices for garnish
1 lime, juiced, plus wedges for garnish
1/2 avocado, sliced
cracked sea salt
Slice the sausage and sear over medium-high flame in a frying pan until firm and charred on both sides. In a mixing bowl, toss together cabbage, onion, lime juice and sea salt to taste. Warm tortillas in a pan (dry) on stove top to soften and bring out flavor. Double tortillas and portion slaw and sausage and avocado slices, garnishing with slices of red onion and lime wedges. Serve with an ice cold Pacifico (obviously).
Now for the flowers...
I put this arrangement together using a proteas and green snowballs, both found at my local Trader Joes. Proteas will last up to two weeks with a a fresh cut of the stem and plenty of water, so I'll just switch out the snowballs when they start to wilt. Cutting the stems at different heights gives this simple bouquet some dimension.