Before Winter Ends, A Yummy Salsa + A Bebeka

Orange Salsa

Bebeka, you ask? Well, Bebeka means baby in Greek, and about a month ago I had one. For as long as I can remember, my mother addressed me and my siblings as “bebeka” or “bebeka mou” (my baby), and today I find myself most often addressing my little Ella as bebeka. Anyway, the reason I have been MIA this past month (months … yikes) is because a bebeka is more work than I ever imagined. I don’t know where the day goes.

So, I have been meaning to post this entry since the beginning of February when I last made it. It’s a yummy winter salsa, perhaps a nice accompaniment to those bean and cheese burritos? Something fresh like this is actually just what those burritos are missing.

I don’t really have a recipe here but if you know how to make a tomato salsa, you know how to make an orange salsa: Dice an orange, a red onion and a jalapeno (or other hot pepper); roughly chop some cilantro (or mint or basil or whatever); toss it all together with some salt and freshly squeezed lime juice and voila, you have an orange salsa. You can make a salsa with anything in fact — cucumbers, peaches, jicama, pineapple, etc. I was disappointed the fall came and passed without allowing me to make a persimmon salsa. I think that would be particularly nice.

Anyway, I hope this post finds you all well and I hope to get back on the blogging track soon. Here’s a picture of the bebeka:

Ella

Salsa Ingredients:
Salsa Ingredients

And here’s a video on how to cut an orange for salsa. I mean, you can cut an orange however you like, but if you feel like making it pretty, here’s a little guide. (Note: Try to watch the video on the 720p or HD setting otherwise it looks blurry.)

23 Comments

  1. Looks good and simple! Some bell pepper would be nice too, for color if nothing else. I just wish cilantro came in smaller bunches…there’s always too much to use before it goes bad!

    Also, a great simple salsa is finely chopped red onion, crushed pineapple, and lime juice and salt. SO good!

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  2. OMG! I have been reading your blog for such a long time and had no idea that you were expecting! Congratulations and I love the name Ella, she is beautiful!

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  3. Congratulations to you! I know how much those little ones can completely take over your day. I have two who are now 5 and 3. Listen to everyone when they tell you it gets easier, because it does. Once you start sleeping again, the days won’t feel so overwhelming.

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  4. You baked up something quite yummy there! Congratulations on Ella’s arrival. I was wondering where you’d been lately and now I know. You’ll find time to blog and do other things once you and Ella settle into a routine. For now, enjoy her. Enjoy life. We’ll all still be here!

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  5. Congratulations on a beautiful baby! I found your website via the Gardenfork Radio podcast. I will definitely following your blog. I used to babysit a lot for my room mate and I had so much fun playing with the little one in the kitchen. I wish you many, many baby pictures and plenty of healthy sleep.

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