Thursday, August 15, 2013

Getting Close

Gypsy Slow Down



When you walk outside in August and there's a cool breeze at your back and you are wearing a denim shirt and not fainting from the heat, you know you're not in North Carolina. Except that you are. And it's just glorious. It's no secret that fall is my favorite season and today was like a little appetizer of what's to come. Fresh and breezy, Autumn style.




Gypsy Slow Down


Gypsy Slow Down



Gypsy Slow Down



Last night I took some pictures of August around the house.

 I realized I haven't taken many photos of Witt and his beehive, probably because I like to keep my distance and usually he and his friend Jonathan (who has the second hive) are down there while I'm still at work.
However last night I went with him while he added sugar water, feeding the bees, and it was an experience. He told me to get closer and there I was standing right inches away, staring at hoards of bees, without a bee suit, watching Witt lift the lid and pour in the sweet stuff. And not one bee bothered me. They were busy but they weren't aggressive. I was amazed.
When he goes into the hives Witt wears the suit but just lifting the lid they are calm.

They really are fascinating. I can't wait to see the combs and honey next spring.




Gypsy Slow Down



Usually once a year Cathy and I get together and make fermented vegetables. I always enjoy our time together and it reminds me to finish the few jars I still have left in the fridge. Oops. This time we made the vegetables and we also made sauerkraut and a really good salsa. It was such a simple salsa but so fresh and perfect for summer.
That night I took mine home and topped tilipia with the salsa and baked it. That's it. Just this salsa and the fish. It was delicious.

Cathy embroidered this lovely kitchen towel for me!




Gypsy Slow Down


 Last night I winged the salsa recipe from what I remember from that day and it turned out really yummy. I added some lime, but I don't think it called for it and it was so delicious with the fish. 

We ended up making fish tacos with tortillas and cheese and all the taco toppings. Yum.




Gypsy Slow Down




Gypsy Slow Down



Gypsy Slow Down



I didn't think Witt would like the salsa because he isn't a fan of cilantro (maybe you aren't either) but this salsa just sings. There is amazingly no heavy cilantro taste. Just everything kind of melding together to make this tangy and cool salsa with pops of tomato and garlic. He loved it. 

You can make this as spicy or mild as you like. With the two peppers it was surprisingly mild, just a little heat every now and then but I would add and then taste to see if you need more. 

I'll have to get the original recipe from Cathy but for now I thought I'd just share what I remember and did last night so that you can make it right away. You really should.



Baked Tilapia with Homemade Salsa 

4 tomatoes, medium size
1 bunch of cilantro, stems removed and diced 
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 lime, juiced
2 medium jalapeno peppers, diced and seeds removed
1 tablespoon salt 

4 tilapia fillets

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a baking dish.

Combine all ingredients for the salsa and mix well. Lay fish in the baking dish and top with the salsa. Cover dish with foil and bake for about 25 minutes, until fish is cooked through. Serve over rice or use in fish tacos. 




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