When I was chosen as one of eight bloggers from eRecipeCards to participate in the O Olive Oil recipe challenge I was so excited. Being fairly new to the food blog community, it was such an honor to be chosen to compete. I could hardly wait for my box of product to get here and the ideas for recipes bounced around in my head like ping pong balls. I talked about it non stop to family and friends and even though Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, I couldn’t wait for it to pass so I could get down to the business of making my dish.
Then, on November 26th, my father passed away. My world was a blur. I didn’t know which end was up or down, let alone how to write this recipe, or even if I wanted to do it. The idea of being a part of this without one of my greatest fans and supporters was mind numbing. But then it struck me. He would have been so upset if I didn’t do what I love because of him. I realized that even if he isn’t physically standing beside me he is with me and cheering me on. So this is dedicated to my father.
When I received my products I immediately opened the box so I could try them. I had originally said I would wait for the whole family so we could try them together and I could get their impressions along with mine. Well, that idea just fell by the wayside once I had that box in my hands. I ripped into it like a kid at Christmas! As soon as I tasted the O Tahitian Lime Olive Oil I knew I wanted to do something with cilantro and lime together. The second thing that popped into my head was fish. I am a fish addict so it is not surprising that my mind went there that quickly.
The Sherry Vinegar threw me for a loop a bit though. I knew I didn’t want to just make a vinaigrette. I wanted something that would show the quality of the ingredient better than that. I had made red wine and white wine reductions in the past, so why not a sherry reduction? I was so excited to put this all together. I was so excited actually that when we went to the store to buy the ingredients I ended up buying salmon, chicken, AND cod! I think it was because I had 3 other people with me giving me their opinions, at least that is what I am going to blame it on.
I can tell you that all 3 dishes were amazing and the whole family said they would want them again (I hinted that I needed more O Olive Oil for Christmas) but the cod won out by an ever so small margin.