Friday, 31 July 2015

Papaya Salsa

Hold on to your hats!!!!

I'm about to talk about a recipe!!

Feels like I haven't talked about food, let alone typed up a recipe, for ages and ages .................

So here we go with a papaya salsa - But first I just have to tell you about why I had to make it last night.

When we got back from Scotland I was craving fresh fruit and veg. Although I loved the Isle of Mull it was absolutely impossible to get hold of fresh fruit and the only vegetables seemed to be new potatoes and the odd dog-eared cabbage. I did stumble upon a newsagents that had a rack of fresh stuff but on inspection found it all to be a bit battered and the sole aubergine had most definitely seen better days - not inspiring at all!

So the first thing we did, after we had emptied the car, was head to our local store and stock up on fresh ingredients.

The fridge is now bursting with lemons, limes, fruits of all kinds and loads of peppers, tomatoes, aubergines and courgettes - I get so excited when I see it all!    .......   Is that sad?  .......    I think it probably is.......

             oh well.......

Back to the salsa.........

Recipe - Serves 4

1 papaya - buy 'ready to eat' ones it's easier than working out when they are ripe!
1 red onion
1 yellow pepper or red pepper ( or half and half )
1 red chilli - de-seeded if you want to remove the heat
large handful of fresh coriander - chopped
Juice and zest of a lime (or two if they are small)
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
salt and pepper

Peel your papaya and then cut in half. I find it easier to peel before slicing but it's up to you.
Remove all the black seeds and then chop the flesh into bite size cubes.

Place the cubes into a bowl and set aside.

Next finely chop the onion, pepper and chilli and mix with the papaya.

Grind up the coriander seeds and along with the juice and zest of the lime, add to your papaya mix.

And finally add your chopped coriander leaf, salt and pepper. Give it all a good mix then cover and leave in the fridge for at least an hour for the flavours to develop.

Just before serving taste and add more pepper if needed.

I served our on a bed of rocket leaves to accompany a couple of grilled lamb steaks.......


This salsa is great with any grilled meat or fish and is especially good for a barbecue. You can also switch up the papaya for mango, pineapple, watermelon or even peaches - whatever you fancy really - it's a very versatile recipe......

Hope you all have a great Friday and an even better weekend - I'm going to be cooking up a storm so I've got loads of new recipes to show you - who wants to bet that a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables will feature!

Love Lizx

 Papaya Salsa