Sunday, December 11, 2011

Garlic Lemon Tilapia

In the winter I get a little over whelmed by all the heavy food. Knowing there was some fish hiding in my freezer, I went on a quest to find some for dinner. Surprisingly I found a few options, Salmon, Cod and Tilapia. Tilapia sounded good. I served it with rice mixed with carrots and peas. I didn't season the fish with too much spicy stuff since Luke was also eating it for dinner. But if you wanted to add some kick I will put that as an option in the recipe. It only took about 15 min for a quick and easy dinner. Here we go!

Garlic Lemon Tilapia:

3 tablespoons light olive oil
3 garlic cloves minced
3 Tilapia fillets
1 TBS lemon juice
1 pinch dried oregano
1 pinch dried basil
1 pinch salt and ground black pepper
1 pinch ground coriander
1 pinch dried dill weed
1 pinch red pepper flakes (optional)
Heat the olive oil and garlic in a skillet over medium heat. Sprinkle both sides of the tilapia fillets with lemon juice, oregano, basil, coriander, salt, pepper, dill, and th
e pepper flakes (if using). and lay the fillets in the heated skillet, making sure they don't touch. Sear the fillets for 2 to 4 minutes on each side, until the fish is golden brown on the outside, and opaque and flaky inside.

See didn't I say that was Easy?! Yup that's all folks. 

Now you ask about the rice? Well that one was easy too! 
I started the rice before the Tilapia since it takes longer to make.

Pea and Carrot Rice:
1  1/2 cups uncooked rice- white or brown
3 cups water
1 egg
1 carrot cut in cubes
12 oz peas- canned or frozen
1 clove of garlic - minced
2 TBS Olive oil
2 TBS Soy sauce
1 TBS Siracha- optional for some kick!

To cook the rice: place in a medium pot and add the water, let boil on high- once boiling turn down to a simmer and cover. Cooking time will vary from 10-15 min. It's one once all the water is gone. You can 
always taste it too.
While the rice is cooking prep the carrot and garlic. when the rice is about half way done, start heating a pan with the oil. Once the oil is hot add the garlic and toss around for a few min. Then add the carrot and egg, turn the heat down to low and saute till they are cooked. By this time the rice should be ready. Add the rice to carrot, egg, garlic mixture, then add peas, soy, and siracha (if using)

Monday, December 5, 2011

Infusion Party!

I made these fun tags for each bottle
 3 Months ago I planned an Infusion party. A liquor Infusion is when you transform a regular liquor into something fabulous. I chose gin and vodka, and only did fruity concoctions, but spicy and herbal are great too. My friends were encouraged  to create an infusion to share at the party. They did a great job!

This idea was so exciting that I went a little infusion crazy.  Using strawberries from my garden, yellow plums from a friend, peaches from the farmers market, and blackberries that I picked.  I had bottles and bottles of fruit and liquor sitting in my garage. At first I was so excited I would check on them daily, it was going to be a long process!! Some infusions only took a week or two, others 3 months! Alas when I started infusing, this blog didn't exist so I don't have pictures of the whole process.

At the party we had so many infusions! With Jazz in the background and mason jars for glasses, someone said it felt like a speakeasy.

  • Pear Ginger Vodka- Chopped up pears and ginger slices for 2 weeks with a 3 TBS of sugar
  • Peach Vanilla Vodka- Halves of peaches, with 1 TBS Vanilla Extract 1/4 cup sugar for 1 month
  • Peach Lavender Gin- peach pits with 2 sprigs of lavender 3 TBS of sugar for 3 weeks
  • Blackberry Lime Gin- whole Blackberries 1 lime pealed with no pith, 3 TBS sugar for 2 months
  • Plum Gin- Yellow plums halved, with 1/4 cup sugar, 5 whole cloves, 1 cinnamon stick for 3 months
  • Strawberry Vodka- 2 cups strawberries halved in 1 quart Vodka for 2 weeks
  • Habanero Tequila- 3 Habaneros halved infuse for 2-4 hours
  • Jalapeno Tequila- 3 jalapenos halved for 2 days
  • Lavender Tequila or Vodka- 2-3 sprigs lavender for 4 days
  • Chocolate Vodka- 1 dark chocolate Bar cut into cubes for 4 days
  • Raspberry Vodka- 2 pints Raspberries for 2 months

Strawberry Lemon Drop
 For the party we had lemons and limes along with ginger ale and sprite for mixing. We made up some crazy drinks! My favorite was Strawberry Vodka lemon drop, I recreated one for a picture since I didn't take any photos during the party.