In the taco tradition

What to eat on Tuesday? Try the taco tradition, a la the Simpsons and Lego's Bricksburg

Tacos are de rigueur on Tuesday.

In Springfield, home to the bumbling, bright-yellow Simpsons, the school cafeteria suffers stampede every time it's Tuesday. Ominous pause. Taco Tuesday. Bright-yellow Bart downs a tray full, eschewing any stray bits of vegetable, then kicks back, awaiting his next taco opportunity.

In the Lego city of Bricksburg, hinged plastic Taco Tuesday Man comes with snap-in platter and a pair of square orange plastic tacos. In the real world, many a dive and drive-in observe Taco Tuesday.

Routines we admire. Eschewing plastic, we like our tacos less Springfield, more San Diego: Spicy cabbage, crisp fish, cool avocado, creamy sauce.

Good enough to down every Tuesday. And wish the day came around more often.

Fish tacos

Prep: 45 minutes

Cook: 8 minutes

Makes: 8 tacos

For fish:

1 pound cod (or other firm white fish), cut into 1-ounce chunks

½ teaspoon kosher salt

1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice

For batter:

1 cup flour

2 teaspoons dried oregano

2 teaspoons ground paprika

1 teaspoon kosher salt

½ teaspoon ground cayenne

8 ounces beer (standard or non-alcoholic)

1 egg

For slaw:

1 cup each: slivered green and red cabbage

1 cup coarsely chopped cilantro (leaves and tender stems)

¼ cup slivered green onion

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 slivered jalapeno (if you like it hot)

For sauce:

½ cup sour cream

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice

To finish: Canola oil, 16 small soft corn tortillas and guacamole

1 Marinate: Toss fish chunks with salt and lime juice.

2 Whisk: In a large bowl, whisk smooth all batter ingredients.

3 Toss: In a large bowl, toss together all slaw ingredients.

4 Mix: Stir together all sauce ingredients

5 Steam: Wrap tortillas in a damp kitchen towel. Zap for 2 minutes.

6 Fry: Set a large cast-iron pan over medium-high heat. Add canola oil to depth of ¼ inch. When hot, dip half the fish chunks in batter and fry golden, about 1 minute per side. Drain on paper towels. Fry remaining fish.

7 Build: For each taco stack up two hot tortillas. Heap on slaw, 2 fish chunks, sauce and guacamole. Enjoy.

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