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Ceviche June 25, 2014

Filed under: Adventures in Diana's Kitchen — dianatierney3 @ 12:31 pm

When it comes to ceviche every country does it a little differently, however, the one constant is  fish is the star.  That being said a good fish should be used and every ingredient that is put into the dish is to compliment the fish. My ceviche, having a strong baja influence, is simple but delicious. Ingredients: A good firm white fish like tilapia or Sheep’s head (which is what is pictured), about 3 to 4 filets finely diced. 3 to 4 lemons, juiced 2 to 3 limes juiced 1 orange juiced 1 bunch of cilantro chopped 1 onion chopped 2 serrano peppers finely chopped Optional: 1 package tostados Mayonnaise Taptatio (optional: you can skip the hot sauce if you want to or substitute a different hot sauce, but really tapatio is the best)   In a glass or plastic bowl (it’s imperative that you DO NOT use any metal at all when making this) combine fish, onions, cilantro and peppers. Cover the mixture with just enough citrus juice so that it’s covered but not soupy. It should look like this:

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Cover with plastic wrap and let it cook in the citric acid for a minimum of 5 hours. You can go in and stir it every few hours but it’s best to leave it alone. It’s finished when the fish is a nice white opaque color. I know a number of people like to just dig in with just tortilla chips, but the way we eat ceviche in my house is by spreading mayo on a tostada and then putting our ceviche on top of that. We then season to taste with tapatio. So it looks something like this: Ceviche

 

As you can see from the picture below, the husband caught a LOT of fish on his latest ocean fishing outing. So over the next week I will be sharing some of my favorite recipes along with some more fish cooking tips.

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Ceviche June 22, 2014

Filed under: Adventures in Diana's Kitchen — dianatierney3 @ 4:01 pm
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When it comes to ceviche every country does it a little differently, however, the one constant is  fish is the star.  That being said a good fish should be used and every ingredient that is put into the dish is to compliment the fish. My ceviche, having a strong baja influence, is simple but delicious. Ingredients: A good firm white fish like tilapia or Sheep’s head (which is what is pictured), about 3 to 4 filets finely diced. 3 to 4 lemons, juiced 2 to 3 limes juiced 1 orange juiced 1 bunch of cilantro chopped 1 onion chopped 2 serrano peppers finely chopped Optional: 1 package tostados Mayonnaise Taptatio (optional: you can skip the hot sauce if you want to or substitute a different hot sauce, but really tapatio is the best)   In a glass or plastic bowl (it’s imperative that you DO NOT use any metal at all when making this) combine fish, onions, cilantro and peppers. Cover the mixture with just enough citrus juice so that it’s covered but not soupy. It should look like this: IMG_0832 Cover with plastic wrap and let it cook in the citric acid for a minimum of 5 hours. You can go in and stir it every few hours but it’s best to leave it alone. It’s finished when the fish is a nice white opaque color. I know a number of people like to just dig in with just tortilla chips, but the way we eat ceviche in my house is by spreading mayo on a tostada and then putting our ceviche on top of that. We then season to taste with tapatio. So it looks something like this: Ceviche

As you can see from the picture below, the husband caught a LOT of fish on his latest ocean fishing outing. So over the next week I will be sharing some of my favorite recipes along with some more fish cooking tips. 20140614_140133

 

Southern Style Catfish June 14, 2014

Filed under: Adventures in Diana's Kitchen — dianatierney3 @ 10:46 pm
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Last weekend the husband went out on an all night fishing trip bringing home about 9lbs worth of fresh catfish. If you have ever watched River Monsters you’ll know these fish are not pre pretty. They are bottom feeding beasts that make for some good eating.

Frankly the best, and quite possibly the only way in my opinion, to cook catfish is to fry it. When it comes to frying, the batter you use, whether it be wet or dry, is one of the most important things to consider.

For the catfish I used a mix of plain, fine ground, bread crumbs and Cajun seasoning. You can either get the Cajun seasoning pre mixed or put it together yourself.  I also added in some extra red pepper because the husband likes his catfish a little on the spicy side.  Once you have the breadcrumb mixture put together the way you like it set it aside. I like to use vegetable oil for my frying. Get the oil nice and hot. Test a small portion of the fish in the oil. If you touch it down in the oil and it sizzles then it’s ready.  Never put fish in cold or luke warm oil (unless you like soggy fish)

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Dredge the catfish in lightly whisked eggs and then in the breadcrumb mixture.  Fry for about five minutes on each side or longer if necessary, until it’s golden brown. Catfish is one of those fish that you can’t really over cook. You want cook it longer than you do other fish otherwise it will have a bit of a muddy flavor to it.

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There are a variety of things that you can serve with Catfish but my preferred side dishes are cornbread and greens. I got the cornbread recipe from Teenie Cakes which I found on pinterest. It was amazing. The only deviation I made in the recipe was add more corn and cheese.

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The greens were easy to make. I sautéed some bacon ends and then added 4 cloves of garlic, swiss chard, collard greens and dandelion greens.

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The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

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A huge thank you goes to Amanda at Amanda’s Nose in a Book for nominating me for this award.  Amanda’s blog is always an enjoyable read with my morning coffee (between you and me, she is one of my sources for books to read). I highly recommend you go check it out.

Here are the rules for this blogger award:

1.Thank and link the amazing person who nominated you.
2.List the rules and display the award.
3.Share seven facts about yourself.
4.Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
5.Optional: Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.

Seven Facts About Me:

1.  I grew up in Upstate New York, I moved to California when I was 17, to Texas when  I was 24 and then back to California when I was 28.

2.  I have a mild obsession with Tacos…they are the perfect meal almost any time of the day.

3.  One of my life’s goals is to hike all of the trails in the Yosemite National Park area with the husband. We have a book that we mark off the trails and keep track of the ones that we really liked.

4. I used to work at Disneyland. I picked up the job when I first moved to California. Not only did I meet some of my closest friends there, I also met my husband because of working there.

5. My first ever fandom was the Wizard of Oz. I even went to a convention.

6. The husband, best friend and I have a secret language that consists of obscure movie quotes and inside jokes all mashed up together.

7.  In addition to writing this blog, I have a column on cooking with the Examiner. I really have only just started writing it so there isn’t much there yet.

And without further ado:

I nominate the Following Blogs:

 

Bookshelf Fantasies

746 Books

The Erratic Project Junkie

Chrissi Reads

Finding the Skinny Geek Within

The Erratic Project Junkie

Amy @ Coffee and Whine Life

Kendell F. Person, The Public Blogger

Rebekah Loper

Rufus On the Web

The Obsessive Bookseller

Why? Because Science

Falling Down the Book Hole

Bitty Knitter

 

I regularly find inspiration along with enjoyable posts with these blogs, so when you get a chance go check them out.

 

 

 

Top Ten Books I have Read So Far this Year June 10, 2014

Filed under: Top Ten Tuesdays — dianatierney3 @ 10:51 pm
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It feels like 2014 just started. Just the other day I told the husband in conversation that we were just a few months into the year…he promptly corrected me.  So without much ado here are the top ten books I have read so far this year.

  1. Daughter of Smoke and Bone, books 1 through 3. I devoured these books within a few weeks so to me it feels like all one book but I absolutely loved them.  I got so invested in the characters and just HAD to know what happened next.
  2. I Shall be Near to You. I think this has made it into my all time favorite historical fiction books. Therefore, it has earned a well derserved spot on this list.
  3. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. I could not set this book down. With every page the mystery deepened and even though I had hundreds of things I needed to be doing at that moment, I needed to see what would happen on the next page.
  4. Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking. This was just such a great memoir of the history and life of a family in soviet Russia that resonated with today’s events.
  5. Where’d you go Bernadette? This is such a fun book with so many well developed characters.
  6. Dorothy Must Die. This is a surprisingly fun book that I am currently enjoying.
  7. Tomorrow there will be Apricots. The word that best describes this book is raw. It’s such a great book about accepting the family that we have and the family that you choose.
  8. Fangirl. A fresh coming of age story perfect for geeky girls.
  9. Bone Crossed #4 in the Mercy Thompson. I love this series. Every book gets better than the last.
  10. Drums of Autumn #4 in the Outlander series. I do believe this is my second favorite book in the Outlander series (the first being my favorite).

Want to play along? Check in with The Broke and the Bookish for details.

 

Tea for Fangirls June 8, 2014

Filed under: Fan Girl Awesomeness — dianatierney3 @ 9:33 pm
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You know when a friend keeps talking about something so much that you have to say fine and try it for yourself? This has recently occurred with me and Adagio Tea. My friend, Lisa, kept posting these reviews of this tea with the most interesting blends. Finally after what felt like her millionth post I decided to see what all the fuss was about….needless to say, I am glad that I did.

What initially caught my eye were their fandom tea blends.  They have a blend of tea for every fandom under the sun. The two that I picked were “Loki’d” and “Bad Wolf”

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Bad Wolf is this delicious blend of rose hips, apple bits and hibiscus, amongst other goodies. It has this great fruit flavor to it that makes this tea perfect for after dinner. I have plans on making this an iced tea soon.

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Then there is the Loki’d tea. I personally swoon for all things Loki in general but this tea is absolutely delicious! It’s this blend of chocolate and mint that is perfect for any time of day or night (just like Loki, if I do say so myself). This has become my go to tea for accompanying deserts.

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(The Loki tea paired with a butter rum cake)

So it’s not like you can top tea blends based on Doctor Who, the Marvel Universe or even Firefly but you can if you make your own blend. They give you the option to make your own blends! In the spirit of this I have made my first blend called Strahbary’s Fields, which is available for everyone to purchase. It’s a blend of strawberries (of course), a mix of forest berry and summer rose.

So come join my obsession and pick up some tea or show your creative side and make one of your own blends.

 

Not Your Grandma’s Bingo June 4, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — dianatierney3 @ 11:34 pm
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It’s a beautiful thing when a restaurant partners up with local charities. Sure, there are your standard fundraiser nights that many chain restaurants do where you get a portion of the proceeds..and then there is “Not Your Grandma’s Bingo” which is just a whole new level of fundraising. Every month they feature a different charity, this month happens to be my friend Sarah (also known on this blog as my organic produce pusher) and her mother, Dr. Nicki Pike’s charity West Coast Cancer Connection.

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(Dr. Nicki on the Left and Sarah on the right)

West Coast Cancer Connection is a non-profit that shares resources, information and hosts support groups. The organization was created after Dr. Nicki’s brother was diagnosed with cancer so it has a very local and personal mission to it.

And then there is Bingo. Now, I remember the bingo my grandmothers and aunts talked about going to and I can attest to the fact that this is not their bingo. For a $10 buy in I got 10 cards plus a glass of wine (beer, cocktail or fountain drink was also an option) and then we played. When I sat down I was  warned from a fellow player that she was loud and obnoxious so hopefully I didn’t get offended easily…I knew I was in the right place.

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And seriously, players were really getting into it, from our hostesses finding clever ways to yell the numbers, to everyone yelling out the same thing at key times to throwing our bingo cards at the winner it was a really fun way to raise money for a really good charity. It was also really great to get to know Dr. Nicki more and to hear about the charity. She told us some funny stories of her brother who sounded like a fun guy who would have gotten a kick out of the event. Which made it personal, there was a face to the name and tangible stories to go with the purpose. My money wasn’t just going into some bin as I walked past a door, I got to have fun while learning about a Southern California Charity that is doing something for the community.

Plus there is Chapter One’s delicious food. For one cannot play bingo without snacking.

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The bingo happens every Monday but for the month of June the West Coast Cancer Connection will be the beneficiary. So if you are in the area come join me for some bingo and munchies! Because this is definitely not your grandma’s bingo.