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:


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.)

17. March 2010 by alexandra
Categories: Salsa | 23 comments

Comments (23)

  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!

  2. OMG Congrats! If ever there was a reason not to blog that beautiful baby is it! She is gorgoeus! So happy for you. Being a mama is the best! CONGRATS again! (recipe looks great too, lol).

  3. Congratulations are in order, what a little sweetie!!!!

  4. Congratulations to you! The little one is adorable.

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. Congratulations, alexandra!! Yeah!! Your baby is a real beauty!!

    Your salsa looks grand & so colourful too!

  8. Congratulations!! You were missed but clearly it was for a fantastic reason. So happy for you! She’s a beauty.

  9. 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!

  10. as much as i enjoy looking at pictures of food, nothing can top a shot of an adorable baby, and ella is that. congratulations (and awesome salad)! :)

  11. Congratulations to you and your husband! She is beautiful!!!!!!!!!

  12. Ella is a darling. Congrats to you and your family. And, kudos for returning to your blog so soon!

  13. Congrats!!! and an orange salsa, now that’s something that hadn’t occurred to me, but sounds fabulous!

  14. Congrats – she’s gorgeous!! Love your orange salsa idea too.

  15. Congrats, Alex! As an impartial outsider, I can say she’s just gorgeous. ;) and the salsa looks lovely, too!

  16. Congratulations!! I had a baby 8 weeks ago so I know where you’re at. Salsa is a fantastic post, heck, I’m impressed that you posted at all. Way to go mama.

  17. Well congratulations! Welcome Ella!

  18. 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.

  19. What a darling babeka, Ella. The sauce looks good, too. Have fun with the baby and don’t worry about us.

  20. Oh, I didn’t know! Congratulations on the precious little jewel and I know she’ll grow up just enjoying everything that comes out of your kitchen :)

  21. Congratulations! Na sas zisei!

    The colors of that salsa are so bright and refreshing. Yum!

  22. I have been away for far too long! I can’t believe I missed the whole pregnancy and baby thing. Congratulations! And delicious salsa as well!

  23. Congratulations!Becoming a mother is a very exciting thing for most women.

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