March and April are big birthday months in this house (as you may have noticed!)… Mr R celebrated maturing ever gracefully recently with a big Mexican dinner party. As it was a special event (and the birthday dinner we went out for was less than successful – I would love to give you the name of the restaurant, but I like to believe in karma and all that!) I was determined to make almost everything from scratch. That included the margaritas, the guacamole and most importantly the fresh salsa. When I turned up at the till with a trolley laden with around 20 avocados, 3 boxes of chillies and about 25 limes, there was absolutely no mistaking how much of an ausländerin (foreign girl!) they were dealing with!
Of course you can buy jarred salsa here – you might find a jar or two in the crisp and snack aisle, alongside the poisonous looking flat jars of “guacamole”and the tree-frog coloured “cheese dip” – but honestly, when it’s this quick and easy and tastes a million times better, I really recommend making your own vibrant and flavour packed version instead. It’s worth it, I promise.
Fresh Tomato Salsa
250g really nice tomatoes – do not be tempted to use a more “economic” slightly anaemic looking variety;
One big bunch of coriander chopped finely(freely available in the oriental supermarkets oh Munich friends!);
One medium Spanish onion – finely diced;
Four cloves of garlic crushed;
One chilli pepper – heat choice of your liking!;
1 Tsp Salt flakes and Freshly ground black pepper…
Chop the tomatoes finely and tip them into a large jar. Add the coriander and the onion to the party, together with the crushed garlic. Slice the chilli pepper into the tiniest slivers – discarding the seeds if you don’t like things too fiery (do wash your hands or sods law will ensure that you rub your eyes shortly afterwards). Add a good grinding of pepper and a teaspoon of salt flakes. Put the lid on, give it a good shake – then leave it in the fridge for at least ten hours to get the best flavours…
Do be careful which chilli you choose, I opted for the small fat red one as it was by itself – and having now lived in two “heat phobic” countries, I thought that they wouldn’t actually include a really really hot one would they? I did later have to apologise to a couple of our friends!!