Cooking while on vacation and staying in a rental is a good exercise to see how our FINITE FOODIE recipes actually work. The kitchen was stocked better than most rentals, but it still had major limitations. For Christmas Eve, we wanted to prepare a dinner that was simple, didn’t take long to make and didn’t require many staples.
Shopping was our first challenge. We had to take a bus to the closest (if not best) grocery store to check out our choices. Fortunately, fish was fresh and easy to find, so we picked up some sea bass fillets, tomatoes, onions, limes, cilantro and butter. As sides, we bought broccoli and potatoes. (We were getting a little tired of beans and rice as a side for breakfast, lunch and dinner.) The entire meal used only these ingredients, plus some salt and pepper. Even so, it was delicious, satisfying and a big hit with everyone.
Here’s the recipe for what we’re now calling Cancun Fish. The garlic and hot pepper sauce are optional. We didn’t use them in our very simplified version, but we think they would be a nice addition. We steamed the broccoli and boiled the potatoes, tossing them in a little butter and seasoning them with salt and pepper.