Monday, September 27, 2010

Mediterranean Stuffed Swordfish

You guys KNOW I like to experiment in the kitchen so this blog should come as no surprise... I CAN'T HELP IT!!!  when ever I try something new- I want to talk about it! I just like to share... gets old sharing with 5 y/o, 15 y/o, & hubby... they just say "un-hn" and keep watching t.v.. or texting.. or whatever is important at the time... so I write... SOMEone might read it.. sorry... got off track for a minute there...

Well, today I had the taste for fish, I wanted steelhead trout, hubby suggested swordfish.  We both started searching for a recipe.  He found the Mediterranean stuffed Swordfish submitted by Valerie on one of the many recipe dot come sites available for the world to use...

I brushed the fish with a lemon and olive oil mixture and seasoned it with salt and pepper.  It smelled a bit fishier than I am use to, so I used some lemon on my fingers too... and washed them... again & again, and eventually put on some disposable gloves for the remainder of the preparations...


seasoned and oiled.


Then I cut a slit in one side of the fish so that I could make a pocket.....


To be stuffed with this yummy spinach and feta mixture (don't forget the fresh minced garlic!)
I sauted the spinach and garlic in olive oil JUST until the spinach began to wilt, then removed it from the heat and added the feta... (this tasted good all on its own)
note to self: side dish...


While hubby heated the grill, I stuffed the mixture in the pocket I cut in the swordfish steaks.


It didn't look to yummy after it was stuffed...


But after grilling for about 8-10 minutes it tasted pretty decent next to my bed of garlic and sour cream mash potatoes.... without bread... because we are cutting back on bread... i love bread... ummm simple focaccia..

Who knew...

that gift bags would be this simple to make?  well not exactly "simple" but pretty easy... With practice, it can be perfected, (okay, close to perfected)  This means I would be able to make gift bags with designs from papers I really love to use! (woo-whoo)

My first try was with a small sheet of spare paper, you know... just to see how it would turn out.


♪♫•*Ta*•.¸¸da¸¸.•*aa!*•♫♪
super mini gift bag!


Then I tried a 12x12 sheet of scrapbook paper that had a design on one side, solid on the other.
 not bad for 2nd try! now....

for some accessories~ red ribbon always makes little white bags look just maaa-va-lous!
(note the missing "r" ;-) 

Cute (and small) enough for a ring!  or pair of EAR rings!
(or just something super tiny....)

"HOW SMALL ARE THE GIFT BAGS?"
(this small...)


Excited about my first try...
(did you notice the felt flower???)

Monday, September 6, 2010

Hot sauce madness!

I helped hubby make hot sauce today using the peppers from our garden. The process was alot more simple than I thought! I was a bit concerned about making it, you know... because of the whole canning incorrectly thing but, he explained we were not canning (or giving it away) so I helped him out...


we started out with about 20 jalepenos (he wanted to add 2 habenero peppers.. I didn't complain~ I'm not eating it anyway) I chopped about a half a cup of onion and 6 cloves of garlic.



He chopped up the peppers,




Then he sauteed the garlic, peppers, and onion in about a tblsp of olive oil for 5 minutes and let it cool to room temperature,



 He added the mixture to a food processor and pureed it until it was smooth (although it looked pretty creamy to me...). With the processor running he slowly added the vinegar. 


We poured it in sterilized jars and tucked it in the fridge. It will be ready in two weeks...



The book says it'll keep for up to 6 months if stored in the fridge... fun task to do together