Ceviche 3 Ways

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Ceviche 3 ways
Recipe type: Appetizer
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Serves: 4
  • 1 lb. of fresh white fish (Tilapia, dosage Basa)
  • 2-3 juiced lemons or lime
  • half a red bell pepper
  • half a yellow or orange bell pepper
  • half a small onion (red or yellow)
  • ¼ cup chopped Cilantro
  • Version 2
  • 1 can of coconut milk.
  • Version 3
  • 1 freshly grated coconut
  1. Make sure the fish is as fresh as you can get. It really makes a difference.
  2. Juice citrus( I prefer lime)
  3. Chop fish into small bite size pieces
  4. In a bowl add fish and juice
  5. Cover with plastic wrap or put in a zip lock bag, healing
  6. Chill in fridge for at least and hour or more. The longer the better.
  7. Chop onion and peppers into small pieces, set aside
  8. Chop up cilantro and set aside
  9. When fish is done combine with veggies, cilantro in serving bowl
  10. Serve immediately
  11. *Version 2
  12. When fish is done rinse in a colander and put in serving bowl
  13. Add veggies and cilantro
  14. Add coconut milk, stir and serve.
  15. *Version 3
  16. When fish is done rinse in a colander and put in serving bowl
  17. Add veggies and cilantro
  18. Grate coconut and use a piece of cheesecloth to squeeze out the milk
  19. Add coconut milk to fish and veggies
  20. Serve immediately
The measurements are approximate. Make sure there is enough liquid(juice) to cook the fish. I like to use a zip lock bag so the juice gets everywhere, and put it on a flat surface in the fridge. Halfway through the marinating process turn the bag over or if using a bowl, stir it at least once. Also when we were in Fiji the chef told us that when they don't have citrus they use white wine vinegar. We haven't tried it but if your going to, rinse the fish off after and use coconut milk.


Coconut Ceviche

Spring is here, although it took a while, we are seeing the signs everywhere.  People are out and about.  Eating on the sidewalks, lounging in parks, riding bikes and doing anything they can to be out in the world.  We here at Houseofzeta.com have been prepping in our own way. We have made a few batches of beer over winter,  collected some recipes to try out and put the up the BBQ.  We made our annual trek to D.C. for the Blossom festival, planted new flowers, signed up for the bike share and put away our winter clothes.  It is time to start fresh and get ready for summer!!!  Here is a quick easy recipe, that we have made many times and is a staple at our rooftop bbq’s, but now with a South Island twist that we learned when we were in Auckland and Fiji.  So enjoy and make it all summer!  Your guest will love it and never get tired of it!


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We leave New Zealand to go soak up some sun, prostate swim in warm blue water, more about lay in the sand and just relax.   It’s night when our plane lands in Nadi(pronounced Nandi), the capital of Fiji and it’s raining.  Well, more like torrential down pour.   Our cab driver is going 5 miles an hour,  which we are grateful for.  By the time we got to the hotel, the rain had stopped.   Welcome to Fiji!  Our good fortune didn’t end there.  We were upgraded to a private room, they were still serving dinner and the internet(which was a little shotty) was free!!  With our bellies full of chicken curry and rice we sat in the outdoor bar/dance area and enjoyed our Fiji Bitters while watching the frogs jump around.  Not bad for a first night.

The next morning(7am) we get up and taxi to the boat that will take us to our tropical paradise.  Although looking around we are pretty much there.   It is still a little cloudy and rainy but absolutely beautiful.   We are told  the trip is supposed to be about an hour.  Well, two hours later, along with some very rough sea and all of us hanging on for dear life we arrive at Octopus Resort.  We are greeted with big smiles, ukuleles, people singing and cocktails.  Oh and lunch!  Hello, welcome to Fiji!!!

They say you can’t take New York out of the New Yorker.  Well, after lunch and our first swim in the ocean, the only sign of us being city folk was when someone asked us where we were from.  We answered NYC and then promptly went back to our Fiji Bitters and doing almost nothing.  The next few days were spent walking the beach, swimming, snorkeling, eating,  making new friends, playing the ukulele for us, the locals and other guests, and drinking to the wee hours.  We even managed to get to church!  We felt it was the least we could do after keeping the bartenders up till 2 in the morning.  Of course we had a little help from some of the other guests and the bar manager.  The service was in Fijian so we couldn’t understand it, but the singing was beautiful and amazing.  We also did some night snorkeling, swam in  the pool, played Jenga, took a cooking class and had the most amazing relaxing massage ever!!!.  To say this was paradise is an understatement.   But I will stop writing and let you see for yourself.  Ladies and gentlemen……….Fiji.

From NYC to the NZ

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We had a great adventure this winter visiting Jason’s family and homelands.  The weather, stomach food and landscape were everything you could imagine and more.  Made all the more amazing by Jason’s wonderful and loving family who took in this yank with open arms and hearts.  We started off in LA visiting my family and friends.  We only had a day but we all made the most of it.  Next we were off to Australia and the beautiful Gold Coast.  We stayed with Jason’s granddad, information pills who ran us ragged!!!  Broad Beach was amazing, sick with warm water, bluebirds, good food, a little rain here and there, but also some wonderful sunshine.  I had my first of many fish and chips at Johnny’s Fish and Chips, as well as my first flat white, a.k.a as coffee here.  The next day we walked down to Surfers Paradise Beach and ended up at Pete’s Fish Market where we bought some fresh prawns that we grilled for pasta.  After a few days of running around we spent our last day taking it easy, lounging in the pool and jacuzzi.  We weren’t barely dry before it was time to catch the plane to New Zealand.

Our first stop, Auckland.  We arrived at night so we missed seeing one of the newest additions to the family but we had a great late night catching up with Mike and Shona.  The next day was a trip to Piha Beach with it’s beautiful black sand beaches and Lion Rock laying there with the grace and beauty of well, a lion.  The water was cold, but that didn’t seem to stop any one from having a good time, so of course we joined in.   Unfortunately little Cindy wasn’t up for a swim.  For lunch, we had  fish and chips.  It was day one and I was already in love with this beautiful land.  The next day was brunch at Mike and Shona’s favorite spot Circus, Circus.  It did not disappoint.  I had eggs benny and Jason had a more traditional breakfast with poached eggs, beans, grilled tomato, sausages, hash browns and toast.  Both were amazing.  And to wash it all down with?  What else, a flat white.  That afternoon we caught up with our dear friend Gemma at Point Chevalier Beach for Auckland’s Big Gay Out.  We also had the pleasure of meeting her mum and had  a wonderful snack of ceviche in coconut milk,  bbq’d lamb with grilled eggplant and lovely white wine.  Though we never did get to see the famous wine cellar.  For our last supper we had, what else,  grilled lamb and lots of wine!  Although our last day was a short one, we did managed to squeeze in the Sky Tower and some lovely cosmos.  Not a bad sendoff.  Thank you Mike, Shona and Cindy!!!

Next was the South Island adventure with a great big welcome from more of the Tagg clan who greeted us with hugs, kisses and welcome home’s at the Dunedin airport.  We were then promptly whisked away to lunch at Margaret’s house.   After being on a small cramped plane it is exactly what we needed.  The garden was exquisite, you could sit in it for hours.  We then spent the next few days lounging around Jason’s father John’s and his girlfriend Hee Ji’s house/jacuzzi and running around seeing Dunedin.   Our first stop was Otago University where Jason’s dad works and were Jason along with his brothers went to university.   We made a quick stop at Danish Delights Bakery for snacks and lunch supplies to take to Sandfly Bay where we met a very lazy but loveable sea lion.  That night we drove to Careys Bay Hotel and Seafood  in Port Chalmers for an amazing dinner.  As if that wasn’t enough, we spent the next day seeing old haunts, driving back to Port Chalmers to spend some time at Jason’s favorite beach Purakaunui Bay where we had a quick dip in Canoe Beach. But not before we took a ride on the the tree swing. We then headed up to Fleurs Place in Moeraki for more amazing sea food.  Jason had the Bacon wrapped Blue Cod, and I drooled.   It’s and hour or so outside of Dunedin but it is a must go. We even got to meet Fleur herself!!  Such an amazing women.  Plus as an added bonus you  can stop and see the  Moeraki Boulders.  Truly an amazing natural wonder.

Just when we thought we might get a bit of rest we sped off with Margaret, who took us to the Catlin’s.   We made a quick stop at Dollyworld and Teapotland(I’m sure you can see why).  Upon arrival we stopped at Curios Bay Fossilized Forest  where we almost go blown away.  Then the Waipapa Lighthouse.  Stunning view, especially knowing that your at the most southern part of the world that is closest to the South Pole besides Stewart Island.  We scrambled and made it to the Chaslands Area Cathedral Caves just in time.  If we had arrived any later we would have been in high tide!!   Although I almost did get swept away by the tide taking a picture of Jason and his mum.   That night we stayed at The Whistling Frog Cafe and Bar.  Our chalet was perfect, and so was our dinner.  The next day as we headed out we stopped at what would turn out to be one of many waterfalls, McLean Falls.  It was a beautiful walk to a beautiful waterfall, so green and lush.  A great way to start our day.  We managed to get in a few more quick stops like the Estuary Boardwalk and  The Lost Gypsy Gallery on our way back to Dunedin.    When we arrived back in town made a quick stopped at Signal Hill that has the most amazing view of the city and habor below it.  As well as marveling at Baldwin Street, the steepest street in the world.

After our short whirl wind tour of the Catlins, we said a momentary goodbye to Margaret and a hello to the McTaggley’s.   Also known as Andrew, Kathryn, Elizabeth and Laura.   Upon our arrival on that night, Kathryn made a delightful Pavlova and dispensed some sage advice.  Ask anyone who has made or attempted to make a Pavlova and you get a knowing smile or the knowing horrified face.  It seems everyone has one or both of these kinds of stories up their sleeve.  Jason and Kathryn were no exception to this rule. They were quickly swapping battle stories of Pav’s lost and won.  We spent the next couple days  molding clay, reading books and playing the ukulele, while managing to get in some sites.  Like the tranquil Chinese Garden, which is the only truly authentic Chinese Scholar’s Garden in the Southern Hemisphere.  I say tranquil, but the girls kept us moving right along.  They also took us for a swim at the Moana pools.  Our last night was adult’s only.  We hit the town and showed it no mercy!!! And our throbbing heads showed us no mercy the next day.  But we had a blast.  The Octagon will never be the same.

We finish our lovely stay back where it started, at Margaret’s, with a wonderful lamb dinner and a fond/sad farewell to the McTaggley’s.  The next morning we are sent off with a wonderful care package of lamb sandwiches, fruit, tea, coffee and fruit cake with more farewells from Margaret and Andrew.  With the sun on our backs, we headed out alone to the great beyond of Central Otago, then up the west coast and back over to Christchurch for our final night and departure.