Thursday, May 5, 2011
Cinco de Mayo Feast for one
Cheers to Cinco de Mayo! Margaritas are one of my favorite drinks. It must be a lucky coincedence that my middle name is Margarita. I guess I was destined to love the drink. So I love Cinco de Mayo because I have an excuse to drink margaritas solo. To celebrate the day, I decided to make a feastive meal to enjoy with my ultimate meg-a-rita. I made a wonderful Mexican ChickenTortilla soup with a ABLT (Avocado-Bacon-Lettuce-Tomato) salad. I started by making my own chicken stock by using chicken thighs, carrots, red onions, garlic, bay leaves, salt, pepper and water. While the chicken and stock was simmering, I started to prepare the other ingredients for my soup & salad. I diced a Vidalia onion and a ripe tomato. I minced 2 cloves of garlic and sliced a ripe avocado. After the chicken was cooked and the stock was ready, I started to sautee the onion, garlic and tomato in olive oil with some ground cumin and coriander. I removed the chicken from the stock and added shredded chicken to the sauted veggies. I also added frozen fire-roasted corn kernels and crushed lime tortilla chips. Finally, I poured the strained chicken stock to cover all of the ingredients. While the soup was simmering, I made the salad by chopping some iceburg lettuce and broiling 2 slices of bacon.
Before assembling the salad and serving the soup, I made my ultimate meg-a-rita which consists of 1 part premium tequila, 1 part triple sec or orange liqueur, 3 parts fresh lime juice and lot of ice. I garnish the drink with lime and orange slices. I don't mess with salt-rimmed glasses. I serve my ultimate meg-a-rita in my green glass goblet.
Finally, it was time to eat & drink. Cheers & Bon appetit!