Saturday, November 15, 2008

Homemade Salsa

Daphne Miller, one of San Francisco's Family Practice Doctors just published a book called, "The Jungle Effect." It is in the same vein as Weston Price's, "Nutrition and Physical Degeneration." Miller travels around the world looking for traditional diets and their healing magic. I have made the salsa recipe twice and love, love it. And since I have my very own cilantro growing in the backyard, this is the perfect snack. Ah! It's nice to know that salsa is a good antioxidant.

I replaced the jalapeno pepper with 1/2 of a regular red pepper, but I am sure it would be even better with the jalapeno pepper in it and probably better for me too.

3 medium tomatoes
1/2 red pepper (seeds removed)
4 large cloves garlic
salt pinch
1 cup loosely packed cilantro
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Boil the tomatoes and 1/2 red pepper for 12 minutes to loosen the skin. I know that they are done when I see the skin splitting. The pepper might take a couple minutes longer than the tomatoes. When I lived in France they cooked tomatoes like this all the time to make various sauces.

Finely chop garlic in blender or food processor. Add salt, pepper, cilantro, and 1 tomato. Grind up. Not into a soup but a nice chunky mess. Add the rest of the tomatoes. Stir in the lemon juice.

Tip: Make a little lemonade drink for one with the rest of the lemon. Juice the rest of the lemon into a glass. Add sugar to taste. I think that I used about a 1/2 tablespoon of refined white sugar. Then add a splash of water to dilute it slightly. Bottoms up! This drink reminds me of France too! I would order it at cafes on a hot day. I am sure that agave would substitute well for the white sugar, I just haven't tried it.

Tip: Try to buy tortilla chips made with mesa corn flour. Mesa flour is corn flour soaked in lime juice. It's better for us and keep our teeth white!


Lydia said...

I can attest to the delicious-ness of this salsa, as I was lucky enough to taste one of Thais' first batches of this recipe. YUM!

Erin M said...

I'm still making dinner as we speak but just finished the salsa. My husband won't stop coming in the kitchen to get another bite. This is amazing salsa and so easy!

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