I called up my friend Kristen to see if she would go and she gladly agreed. Seems she wanted to try making homemade salsa and she could get nice, fresh ingredients at the FM. I thought, my husband likes salsa, maybe I will make him some. So off we went.
I did not take my camera. I should have.
We bought tomatoes, jalepenos, onions, cilantro, garlic and chips. We were going to make it at my house, since I have that big kitchen, but as were were driving back, my neighbor called. The power was out in our neighborhood. The HEAT we are having here was causing some problems and so the power was out, and was going to be out for about three more hours. So we went to Kristen's apartment and geared up to make our fabulous homemade we could go into business salsa. We shoulda known better.
Let me say this: Kristen is a good cook. I am a good cook. There should be no reason why the salsa wouldn't turn out.
We agreed the we wanted a smoother salsa. Neither Kristen or I actually like tomatoes, so we didn't want it chunky. (I know you are thinking "if you don't like tomatoes, why are you making salsa?" Hush up.) So we chopped all the ingredients, put them in the blender and pressed chop.
It was pink.
Pink lemonade pink.
See why I wish I'd had my camera?
We looked at it in horror. Well, it must at least taste good, right? Nope. Tasted like raw tomatoes with a kick of heat and garlic. We had bought enough ingredients to make two batches, so we thought some research was in order before we made the next batch.
Google is no longer my friend.
We must have looked at 20 different websites and saw thousands of recipes. Some said to cook the tomatoes or used canned tomatoes. Others said to do what we did. Confusumundo.
We decided to put our salsa in a pan and cook it. That did seem to make it more red, but it still didn't taste good. It needed salt, so I added some, then all you could taste was salt. On to batch number two.
This time we blanched the tomatoes first and then chop pedthem. We put the onions, garlic, jalepeno in the blender and chopped it, then added the tomatoes without blending them. That one seemed a little better, but it still tasted HORRIBLE. It was not good.
For fun, we took them to a barbeque some friends were having last night to let them laugh at how bad it was. And it didn't even make all that much either. After spending at least $8 on ingredients, we had maybe 3 cups of really bad, really salty, pink salsa. I did salvage the day by making some wonderful guacamole, though. My chips won't be lonely.
Oh, and I bought these pink plaid flip-flops. Summer is here! I could have taken a pic with my feet in them, but then you would have seen how badly I need a pedicure.
Aren't they cute? Target for $9.99. Fabric flip-flops. Plastic ones hurt my feet cause they have those plugs under your instep. These ones are perfect. I loved them so much I went back and bought the other pair with blue and green stripes.
And Kristen, I know you are reading this. I had so much fun with you, even if we aren't going to be the next salsa gourmets!