Thursday, September 26, 2013

Fox, Boa Nova.

Why am I posting a picture of a fox? No special reason really, I just saw it in a World Wildlife Fund email requesting donations and I liked it so I borrowed it. I support WWF wholeheartedly although not as much financially as I used to. I already have a number of plush animals from donations I made and have often done memorial donations too. However, rent increases and pensions don’t so can’t do much financially any more. I do like the picture though. Before I grew up, I used to think fox hunting was wonderful with all those splendid horses and wonderful riders in pink (that’s what they call the red coats, hunting pink, no real known reason although there is a legend about a tailor called Pink) then I began to learn more about animals and their preservation and realised I do NOT like fox hunting although they are still a splendid sight. Wish they could chase something else though.

We went to the Boa Nova as planned, accompanied by a friend, her hubby had gone away forgetting the occasion. Pity, we had a good evening. But I was full to bursting by the time we left. Everything was delicious as usual and I over ate at the buffet of starters first, they had some delicious mussels and some gorgeous fava beans, very Portuguese. One disappointment, they didn’t have any lamb although there were lots of other meats to eat. I chickened out before the others did. I had extra pineapple though, that is especially delicious.

This recipe appealed to me although sounds as though it could be very hot and spicy.

Poblano and Skirt Steak Fajitas

WebMD Recipe from

This variation on fajitas pairs fresh poblanos with steak and scallions. Skirt steak has fabulous flavour but tends to be chewy, so slice it thinly across the grain.poblano_skirt_steak_fajitas
  • 2 ripe avocados, pitted
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice, divided, plus lime wedges for garnish
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided
  • 2 bunches scallions, trimmed
  • 3  poblano peppers, (see Note)
  • 3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon ground ancho chile, (see Note)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1-1 1/4 pounds skirt steak, trimmed
  • Hot sauce, for serving
  • 12 6-inch corn tortillas, warmed (see Tip)
  1. Preheat grill to high.
  2. Mash avocados in a medium bowl with a fork. Stir in cilantro, 2 tablespoons lime juice, 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
  3. Brush scallions and poblanos with 2 teaspoons oil. Combine ancho chile, cumin, 1/2 teaspoon salt and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl. Rub both sides of steak with the remaining 1 teaspoon oil and the spice mixture.
  4. Oil the grill rack (see Tip). Grill the poblanos, turning often, until softened and charred, 8 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl and cover with a plate or plastic wrap to trap the heat. Grill the scallions, turning frequently, until softened and lightly charred, 2 to 4 minutes. Grill the steak 2 to 3 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer the steak to a cutting board, tent with foil and let rest.
  5. Meanwhile, slice the scallions into 1-inch pieces and transfer to a serving dish. Peel as much skin as possible from the peppers, discard the stems and seeds, and slice into 1/2-inch-wide strips; transfer to the serving dish. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon lime juice and 1/4 teaspoon salt to the vegetables and toss to combine. Slice the steak very thinly, then chop into small pieces. Serve the steak and vegetables with the guacamole, lime wedges, hot sauce and tortillas.
Note: Poblano peppers can be fiery or relatively mild; there’s no way to tell until you taste them. Ancho chile peppers, one of the most popular dried chiles used in Mexico, are dried poblano peppers. They have a mild, sweet, spicy flavor. Ground ancho chile pepper can be found in the specialty-spice section of large supermarkets, or substitute ground chili powder plus a pinch of cayenne. Tips: To heat tortillas: Wrap in foil and bake at 300°F until steaming, about 10 minutes or wrap tortillas in barely damp paper towels and microwave on High for 30 to 45 seconds. To oil the grill rack, oil a folded paper towel, hold it with tongs and rub it over the rack. (Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill.) When grilling delicate foods like tofu and fish, it is helpful to spray the food with cooking spray before placing it on the grill.

Have a great day


  1. I think the foxes should mount up and chase the hunters. Wouldn't that be funny?

  2. I used to donate to the WWF and save pictures they sent. I think I still have some tote bags and a rain poncho that they sent me for donating.

    Those fajitas sound so good.

    A Faraway View

    1. I have stuffed animals and used to buy calendars. I do love the pictures they have.