This lightened up cajun tilapia sandwich has bacon and lime mayo and so much flavor! It’s a restaurant quality fish recipe for 350 calories!
I think when you begin to love someone, it’s just part of the natural progression of things to probe them endlessly to figure out everything they like to eat. And everything they hate, too.
I ask questions about food preferences immediately — in friendships, in love — mostly because, well, let’s not get hurt later on.
“Cake or pie?” And they think, even when the answer’s easy. “But if you were forced, at which of the fast food chains would you eat for the rest of your life?” They shudder. “Which doughnut really defines you, though?” I judge them.
It’s all very routine.
With Kate, with Sabrina, with Daniel, anyone I’ve ever adored or admired or wished would love me back but didn’t — I asked this weird series of questions. Coming to know who they are, in taste alone, is like a form of intimacy. An acceptance of quirks and desires but also of boundaries. A way for me to navigate the one essential question, which is: “What can I cook for you?”
I pray it won’t be pasta. God please not pasta.
And then, of course, there’s the matter of the clash. We just can’t like the same things all the time, at least not all the way. Kate will always like ice cream cake. Sabrina will crave things doused in vinegar and hot sauce. My family will scrub the counter with my tofu. Daniel will insist that Qdoba is better than Chipotle, even when there’s quite simply no way.
And not a one of them will indulge in any seafood outside of the safe New England net of shrimp, scallops, lobster, and haddock. Salmon? No. Not tilapia, not sea bass, not halibut, certainly not mahi mahi.
So here I am. Making cajun tilapia for one. Not sad, just something. We do what we want, don’t we?
This sandwich. First, it’s loaded with flavor, which I know we all love. Step one is to create a straightforward cajun spice blend that you can store in a small jar for later use on fish, chicken, pork…anything. It’s fantastic. Added to that bold, spicy kick is bacon, which is always a joy, isn’t it? Salty and crisp and a perfect companion for the flaky tilapia. A quick cilantro lime cream is smeared on the top bun to marry all of the flavors.
Now it’s your turn: What do you make that’s just for you?