Saturday, March 16, 2013

Fish N' Chips

It's a beautiful day and it feels like Spring. Witt is at a bee-keeping field day with his class where they get to work with actual bee-hives. He left today in full garb, complete with a long sleeved white mock turtleneck t-shirt. Total hotness. I'm excited for him to get his bees in a month though I will be observing from afar.



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It's been a whole month since I stopped using shampoo and conditioner. 
Since I'm all alone, of course I had a photo shoot with myself and the self timer for my Etsy site (I'm selling that lovely vintage yellow lariat necklace). You have no idea how much fun it is to do a photo shoot of yourself by yourself. There are no husbands groaning because you asked them to take just one more picture (it''s ridiculous how many I had to take to get this semi-decent one), no one judging you or rolling their eyes. Just you and a camera propped on a little table out in the field.  Not strange to the passing cars at all.



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I really love no-pooing. I never thought I would stick with it because I really didn't think it would work. But I only wash my hair once a week now and it is much softer, brighter and better. I like to put a little argan oil on the ends and I stick with the baking soda/vinegar routine. 
There were a few days where it was really dry and I had to use more oil and then there was one day where I woke up with really greasy hair, I think I needed more baking soda. But two days out of a whole month is pretty worth it I think. 
I'm so happy it works for my hair. And really happy to have an empty shower.
(You're not allowed to notice how dirty the shower is. I never think to clean it until I'm in there and then I'm like, well this is gross).


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Last night we made fish and chips.
 I put Diana Krall on Pandora, poured some wine and chopped up some potatoes. 
The offer we made on that house I love was rejected and the asking price is much too high. So it was really disappointing learning that. 
But as we were cooking in that infamous tiny kitchen and the sun was still shining outside and the cats were rubbing against my ankles I just thought, I have no choice but to be thankful for where we are. There's no point in rushing to the next thing too quickly and missing right now. 
I love this time where it's just the two of us and I love that we have a cute little roof over our heads.

When you are eating some delicious fried tilapia and homemade fries, it's hard not to feel content.



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The breading for the tilapia is really similar to the one I use for fried pickles. It's cornstarch and corn meal with dill and spices. Really yummy. The trick to making really crispy fries is to use a cast iron pan or a cast iron dutch oven. The temperature stays the same even when you add the potatoes so it helps them crisp up and not be soggy.

Fish N' Chips (serves 2-4)

Ingredients:
5 tilapia filets
2 cups cornmeal
1/2 cup cornstarch or flour
2 tablespoons Lowry's seasoning salt
4 tablespoons old bay seasoning
2 tablespoons dill weed dried
salt and pepper to taste
1 egg
1 cup milk
vegetable oil for frying
3-4 lemon slices

4 large russet potatoes cut into strips

Fill a cast iron skillet with oil about two to three inches high. Heat on medium-high until a drop of water dropped into oil sizzles. Place 1/4 of the potatoes strips into the oil, not enough to crowd. Cook until brown and crispy, about 5-10 minutes. Drain on a paper towel and then place on a baking sheet in the oven set at 200 to stay warm. Repeat until all the fries are cooked. Save the oil to cook the fish.

Whisk the egg and milk together in a shallow bowl. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl (I use plates, with slightly higher edges, works well). Dip tilapia filets in the milk mixture and then in the dry mixture and shake off excess. Place in hot oil and let crisp on each side about 5 minutes (but check for browning). Repeat until all filets are cooked. Drain on paper towels. Serve chips in brown paper to be fancy with a lemon slice, tarter sauce and ketchup. 


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Last night after dinner I was feeling a little bummed about the house when I thought about it again and I started to cry a little as I was laying on the couch. All of the sudden Olive ran over to me and jumped up and started licking my face and snuggling under my chin and being just as sweet as she could be. Of course it instantly cheered me up. 
Still not sure if it was my fish breath or if she knew I was upset, but I love those darn cats.

Pepper loves the spring time weather.



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