Dinner in Manhattan Beach
My husband and I spent the weekend in Manhattan Beach, our old stomping grounds.  We lived there for 30+ years!  Back home now and it’s 109 degrees today in Loomis California and all I can think of is the ocean.  Can it get any hotter???  Something seems wrong here for it to be this hot!!!  Actually I need to stop thinking about it.  
Ok, ok, I’ll stop.  Let’s talk about my favorite subject, FOOD.  Great food that is.  
We decided to make dinner for a few friends and this was our menu.
Grilled white sea bass (fresh fresh, fresh)
Papya/Peach Salsa
Cauliflower Puree
Cucumber Orange Salad
Root Beer Floats
1 papaya
2 small peaches
roasted piquillo peppers (red roasted peppers) about 1/2 cup chopped
red onion
1 serrano, minced
handful of cilantro
1 lime
3 teaspoons olive oil
Pit the papaya (see picture) and chop in a small dice.  Peel and do the same with the peaches.  Chop the onion (I use about 1/2 of a small), minced and chop the serrano, seed if you want to, chop the cilantro and peel and chop the lime. Salt and pepper to taste.  Blend all ingredients together and let sit for about 1 hour to blend all the flavors.  
Per Serving:  87 calories; 3.6g fat; 2.6g fiber
Salt and pepper the fish fillets and brush with a little olive oil.  With edible flowers.
1 head cauliflower, steamed
1 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup fat freemilk, or 1%, 2%
salt and pepper
Steam the cauliflower until soft.  Put in a food processor with butter, milk, salt and pepper and puree until smooth.  
Per serving:  37 calories; 2.9g fat; .6g fiber
Dinner in Manhattan Beach
Sunday, July 23, 2006
Taking out seeds in papaya.
finished salsa
2 naval oranges,
1 seedless cucumber, thinly sliced
1 ea red onion, sliced
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tab cider vinegar
1 tablespoon mild honey
1 tablsp fine chopped drained oil
packed sun dried tomatoes
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground cumin
pinch cayenne
cut and peel, including all white pith, from oranges and cut oranges crosswise into 1/4 inch slices.

Whisk together remaining ingredients in a bowl until combined, pour over orange slices and cucumbers.
Per Serv:  200 calories; 14g fat; 3.7g fiber.  
Cutting pith and slicing oranges.
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