Saturday, 23 February 2013

Creamy baked fish fillet

I was looking at a recipe for fried tilapia the other day that really caught my interest. So I decided to try something baked using what I had on hand. It came out good, so I did a larger batch today. I used Swai fillets, but really that was because of cost, any thin fish fillet should work

5 large fillets
ground black pepper
1 mid-sized onion
1/2 sweet pepper
4 scallions (green onions)
4 cloves garlic
3/4 cup olive oil
3/4 cup lemon juice

Each fillet was around 9 or 10 inches

I sliced them sprinkled with salt and pepper

Rough chopped everything else

 sweet pepper

 scallion (green onions)

 Then I put everything in this really cool mini blender (Christmas gift from my sister), added olive oil and lime juice (everything can be adjusted to taste and serving size) and pulsed. It came out creamy and orange coloured (trick yourself into thinking you're adding cheddar cheese).

 Then I poured everything over the fish. There's no need to grease the dishes because of the olive oil in the marinate. I let everything sit for 30 minutes (or as long as you want).
 Everything went oven at 375o for 30 minutes.

It came out creamy and tender. I served it with baked potatoes, steamed broccoli and homemade garlic bread (no, I didn't make the bread, I cheated, butter some bread on both sides, sprinkle with garlic powder and parsley and throw in the oven for the last 10 minutes or so).

It taste really good, and it's healthy, so I haven't fallen off the wagon again. More importantly, it's easy to make for lazy cooks like myself. I think I'll try the marinate with chicken breast next time. Maybe tweak it a bit.

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Frenchman's Cove (Portland run pt. 2)

So I have taken forever to just put up the rest of the pictures from my Portland trip. Getting resettled and started some new courses (what was I thinking). Anyway, I had gone to Frenchman's Cove in Portland while I was home. I took the day, drove down and just relaxed taking in the scenery.

The beach is private, so you pay to go in. But for me it's worth it, cause if I go by myself, I can feel safe, and not worry about my stuff while I go in the water. After parking, the property before reaching the beach is beautiful.

You walk over a small bridge to get to the beach because, heads up, there's a river on the property which runs out into the sea. And it is cold! but I love it. You can actually see fish all the way down to way the river reaches the beach.

And the beach...
There were very few people when I got there in the morning, which is why I like going there during the week. The beach is clean, the view is lovely. It's just worth the long drive every time.

 So I read my magazines, in the shade with sunblock on, as I was warned not to tan too much (hubby worries about skin cancer).

I had lunch (sorry about my finger in the frame). A nice juicy cheeseburger, chips and a Red Stripe (light). These days I only have beer if I go to the beach. I feel I can justify it somehow.

 I relaxed some more and then walked over to the left where the river flows towards the sea.

The water was COLD! I barely made it in past my knees this time, but I have swam in it on other occasions. It's probably more fun and tolerable with more people. I just went in and watched the fish swimming around my feet.

And then it was time for one last look before leaving. 
I don't like getting caught on Junction at night on the way back. I'm usually sleepy from a day in the sun, the other drivers, especially route taxis, can be terrible and that's not a good combo.
The views on the drive back were great
 Trident Castle, Portland, Jamaica.

 Roundabout to head back through Junction to St. Andrew.
After getting home, I cancelled my plans for the night and went to bed early and dreamt of my day at the beach.


Friday, 15 February 2013

Portland run

I made it to Portland while home! Almost didn't, but I went during the week by myself. The drive down was of course filled with amazing views, part of the reason I don't mind doing the 2 to 2 1/2 hour drive alone. It really is relaxing. After driving into the hills , taking the Junction route between St. Andrew and St. Mary I came out near a banana plantation, still recuperating from the last hurricane.

Junction, I was behind this bus for a while



St. Mary

Round-about left to St. Ann
Turn off to Portland

St. Mary

And then I hit the coast. I had to stop a few times to take it in, cause really, I missed it. After that the winding road went from the coast, inland, up into the hills then back onto the coast. It really is a drive filled with amazing views, well worth it.I ended up at the beach, I'll put up something on that later. Just the drive in itself was a wonderful trip.

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Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Life is short, eat well

I was home in Jamaica for a month, and was just focusing on enjoying that time with my family and friends. And in spite of a bad cough, it was great. I ended up extending my stay another week after I got better and thank goodness I did, cause soon I'll no longer be unemployed! So I made the most of my time home, got some simple stuff that I kind of took for granted, like chocolate cake from this bakery near home.

Chinese food in Nassau is, according to my husband, not to be trusted, so I had some for lunch one day with my sister while home. Special chow mein, crispy pork and New York fried rice. Yummy and I'm torturing myself now looking at the picture.

And I went to lunch at Hot Pot restaurant in New Kingston with a friend and had some really good Gungo Peas soup.

I also had some nice hot buttery grotto bread on the way back from Portland one day with some Tastee cheese. While driving, not a good idea if you're not used to the road as between the amazing view and the buttery softness of the bread, you could get distracted. Do as I say not as I do (but the bread had to be had hot).

Of course my time home was not all about food, but there were so many things I ate and THEN thought, oh, I maybe should have taken a picture of that. Oxtail, jerk chicken, ackee and saltfish, the list goes on. Oh well. Life is short, and my time home just flew by, so I made the most of it. More time...