The Adored Life just recently posted that she doesn't care what the calendar says, it's summer. Amen! It's summertime! Un-officially and against the seasonal calendar's wishes. There's not a lot that says summer to Ben and I like iced tea on hot afternoons and fish tacos, followed by ice cream in the late evening when the breeze starts blowing in. All of those things seem totally inappropriate in the winter. Seriously. Who wants fish being fried in their cold wintry house? Who wants to sip on something iced when it's thirty-two out? And even though ice cream is okay during the cold months, I don't crave it.
In need of an awesome iced-tea and fish taco pairing? Keep reading for the spice and the sweet you need in your summer-life.
Snag family-size Lipton cold-brew tea (so easy) and your ice cream (Klondike bars and Ben & Jerry's) at Walmart.
Wasabi Fish Tacos
1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. paprika
Pinch of salt
1/2 lemon, juiced
4 tbsp. mayonnaise
Wasabi paste to taste
1/4 cabbage, shredded
Lemon wedges and chopped cilantro, for garnish
Heat vegetable oil in cast iron skillet.
Slice cod filet into strips (about 1/2" by 2"). Pour a light beer over cod. Shake off excess liquid. Roll cod in flour, paprika, salt, and pepper mixture. Once oil is hot, carefully fry cod strips for about 15-20 seconds per side. Be careful not to burn the cod (we ruined one batch before getting one right!)
Mix lemon juice, mayonnaise, and wasabi paste in a bowl. Serve drizzled on fish tacos in corn tortillas topped with shredded cabbage and chopped cilantro.
Lipton Cold-Brew Iced Tea
Lipton cold-brew tea (family size)
Turbinado simple syrup (recipe here)
Dunk two tea bags in 8 cups of cold water for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Serve over ice in a highball glass with turbinado simple syrup.
We topped off our evening and our delicious, spicy fish tacos, with cooling ice cream treats. Ben and I's favorite ice-cream snacks, and ones that are always in our freezer in the summer, are Heath Klondike bars and Ben & Jerry's chunky monkey. I am not even a big banana fan, or a nut fan, but there is something insane about this flavor.
I think that a night of snacking on finger foods like fish tacos and ice cream bars cannot be topped. And can't be more summery. What're your summer staples and, because I can't resist, what would you do for a Klondike bar?