1 tsp. chopped Scotch Bonnet red chili pepper
2 tsp. fresh lime juice
1 tbsp. honey
1 tsp. dried cilantro (fresh would be better!)
Toss all the ingredients together in a small bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Chill for a few hours to allow the fruits to macerate.
Cilantro as little green flecks ...
Tempura Batter for Fish and Sweet Potato Fries
1 c. flour
1 tbsp. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. Lawry's seasoned salt
1/2 tsp. chili powder
2 eggs, beaten
3/4 c. milk
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
Whisk the dry ingredients together in a deep bowl.
Measure the milk into a measuring cup, crack the eggs into the milk and whisk.
Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the egg/milk mixture and the oil. Whisk until there are no lumps.
Don't ask me why, but I love this picture.
Making the Fish Tempura and Sweet Potato Fries:
1. Peel and make 'pencils' of a sweet potato.
2. Cut 1 1/4 lb cod fillet (or other firm white fish) into large chunks (2 inch wide slices from the fillet).
3. Prepare a deep-fryer with vegetable oil to 375 degrees F.
4. When the oil is ready, dip the sweet potato slices in the prepared tempura batter and deep fry in small batches until they are golden brown and floating on the surface of the oil.
5. Remove the slices and drain them on paper towels, then place them on a serving dish and keep warm in a 275 degree F oven. Continue frying the taters until you run out.
6. Let the oil 'refresh' in temperature. Meanwhile dip the cod pieces in the remaining batter.
7. Fry the cod pieces two pieces at a time until golden brown and floated toward the surface.
8. Drain the cod on fresh paper towels and keep warm on a separate plate in the oven.
9. Prepare a large serving plate by lining it with Boston Bibb lettuce (or the lettuce of your choice). Pop some tartar sauce in a small bowl and place it front and center on the platter.
I love Bibb lettuce because of it's buttery 'fluffiness'
10. When all the fish has been fried and drained, place the fish pieces around the platter and add the chilled salsa in between.
11. Place the sweet potatoes in a pretty serving dish, pour the wine, and call the folks to knosh! Pretend that it's July, it's 90 degrees F, and you have your swimsuit drying on the line out back. Hell, pretend to swat a mosquito or two ... just to make it really real.