June 28, 2013

National Ceviche Day

“The only kind of seafood I trust is the fish stick, a totally featureless fish that doesn't have eyeballs or fins.” - Dave Barry

It's National Ceviche Day!

Oooh, it sounds sexy, doesn't it? Ceviche (pronounced suh-vee-chey). While that beautiful word is rolling around in your mouth, lemme tell you what it is (if you already know, skip this part obviously). Ceviche is a popular dish in South/Latin/Central America typically made from raw seafood that's marinated in citrus juices (onion and chilis are usually present, too), the acidity of which causes a chemical process called denaturation thereby "cooking" the proteins of the fish (while physically it changes the look of the fish, the "raw" flavor remains). The dish originated in Peru, and was such a beloved and important national dish that the Peruvian government recognized it's importance by declaring it as part of the country's cultural heritage in 2004. Four years later, the Ministry of Production decreed June 28th as "Día Nacional del Cebiche" (National Ceviche Day). And since Amur'KAH is such a melting pot, it only makes sense to celebrate it here, too!

And now you're all the wiser, foodies!

But what to do if you don't eat fish? Never fear! There are plenty of plant-based versions. And one of the best parts about ceviche is that you can put just about anything you want in it. So you can make your own version with avocado, jalapeno, hearts of palm, corn, mushrooms, tofu... you name it! Just make sure that citrus-y and yummy!

Happy National Ceviche Day!