Monday, February 21, 2011

Thank you President's. Suck it, Mother Nature.

Not those in recent history, of course.  Thank you to the ones who died to give my family an extra day together.  As far as Mother Nature giving us pleasant weather to enjoy this day, well... she can take this rain and high mold count and put it where the sun don't shine even for her.  Yesterday was in the 70's, later this week the weather guesser's are saying there's a chance for snow.  Great.

Of course, being curled up on the couch under a blanket, dog and laptop with a terrific husband bringing me coffee and a cute kid making sure the Batman toys cover the carpet completely make me really not care too much anymore about the crappy weather.  Now that's a silver lining in a storm cloud if I ever saw one.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Back in my element...

I was able to spend time today coming up with a menu for the week, doing the monthly Sam's run, making a loaf of bread, trying a new recipe and making an awesome dinner for my family.  These are the little things that I really enjoy but lately haven't had the time and energy at the same time to do it.
Tonight's dinner was blackened Tilapia, roasted potatoes with chive and steamed carrots.  I cook a lot, but really don't make fish very often.  Mostly because my favorite way to have fish is fried, but when I found this recipe it looked so good.  It was too.  I changed several things from the original recipe like not using lemon juice or celery salt and didn't use as much oil or serve on white bread with the remaining oil poured over.  Ewww.  This is what I did:


  • 3 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crush this in your had to release the oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme, crush to release the oil
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 5 Tilapia fillets
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • In a small bowl mix all of the spices together.
  • Coat both sides of the fish with the spice mixture, rubbing it in to the fish.
  • Let sit at room temp for no more than 30 minutes, but at least 15 so that the spices soak in.
  • In a heavy skillet, heat the oil until almost smoking and carefully add fish.
Cook on each side 2 - 3 minutes.  Be sure not to over cook, the fish is done when it flakes easily with a fork.

Next time, I'm going to serve it over some Cajun seasoned rice.  Hey, that sounds like an awesome meal for Mardi Gras!