Very Vanilla Mild Fish Scent

Sorry for not posting yesterday. The last two days have been “unusual” to say the least, but back on track today. I am in the process of selling my house. This is for several reasons; I have a semi-empty nest, roomie is on countdown status, so my house is just too large for me, and I have a huge yard to cut and maintain. My Mama enjoyed working in the yard immensely; I on the other-hand do not. When all kids were living at home, each had a section they were responsible for. (My responsibility was after they finished their responsibility was getting back on the lawn mower and doing it like I wanted done the first time. Never could tell if I was too picky or they knew whatever they did I would come back and redo parts.) Now by the time I finish the yard, the part I cut first is ready to cut again. I have had enough. I plan on building a small mountain style cottage in the woods behind my present house with a “all natural” yard.

I know the health benefits of eating fish, but am not a big fan. I often try to force myself to eat them a couple of times a year and usually realize they are not as bad as I imagine. I cannot do salmon or tuna, but I do tolerate a mild white fish that doesn’t have a fishy taste or smell. I have wonderful fond memories of fishing with my Granddaddy and my Daddy growing up. My Granddaddy and Grandmamma fished a lot and froze their catches. About once a month they would have a fish-fry for the family. They built enough picnic tables for the entire family for these family fries. I remember the greasy fishy smell and the fishy taste of the bass and brim. I think this is what my mind goes back to when I think of eating fish. I am trying however. One of the white fish I can eat is Swai a Vietnamese catfish, very mild, and inexpensive. I purchased a pack of eight individual sealed and frozen filets at Aldi. For some unexplainable reason I decided to do fish tacos for dinner. I am sure it has been easily nine months since I have cooked any type of fish. Wouldn’t you know when I was in the process of cooking the fish, my agent texted me that she would be showing my house this morning at nine. Really, it smelled like fish for the first time in over half a year. Candle burning ensued and I think we ended up with a Very Vanilla Mild Fish scent this morning.  Just another reason not to cook fish even though roomie and I both thought these turned out awesome and would definitely make them again; after the house sells. But cooking them brings someone to look at the house, we will have them nightly.

Fish Tacos

This is a quick healthy meal for those nights when you are standing in the kitchen knowing dinner needs to be ready and you got nothing. I had every intention of making whole wheat tortillas, but that did not happen.

 2 Swai fillets, thawed

1-2 Tab olive oil

6-8 four tortillas

This seasoning makes a lot more than you will need. Just mix it up in a half pint glass jar, label, and keep in cabinet.

1 Tab paprika

1 tsp. dried oregano

2 tsp. dried thyme

½ tsp. ground cumin

½ tsp. nutmeg

2 tsp. garlic powder

2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. black pepper

1 tsp. salt

Put all seasoning ingredients in jar or any container with a lid and shake to mix.

  • Rinse and dry fillets. Sprinkle seasoning on both sides and rub in with hands.
  • Put oil in a cast iron skillet on medium high and let pan heat. Add fish and cook about 4 minutes on each side or until done.

Roomie likes hot so I made him a hot sauce:

2 Tab. non-fat Greek yogurt

2 Tab. low fat mayo

1 small chipotle pepper, chopped fine, with a spoonful of the adobo sauce (I don’t use these often so when I open a can, I cut squares of plastic wrap and wrap the individual peppers with a bit of the sauce, pop all in a plastic freezer bag and freeze. This way I can pull out one whenever I need it.)

I took the immersion blender to the mixture and put in refrigerator for a couple of hours for the flavors to blend.

Serve with:

Shredded raw cabbage, grated cheddar cheese, thinly sliced red onion, sliced tomatoes, and plain Greek yogurt (for wimps like me).

Very Vanilla candles work wonders once this is prepared, FYI.

Water and Metamucil. (Had unsweet tea today and sorta liked it.)

221 days and 24.92 pounds till Disney Food & Wine.


About rosestancil

I am your average 50+-year-old who woke up one morning wondering how and where the extra 30 pounds suddenly appeared came from. I am a Mom to two grown children, an Environmental Engineer (go Clemson Tigers), and a farm girl. I was raised on a green onion and collard farm in what was then rural Lexington County, SC. I still live on a part of the farm and hope to stay there. I have had a subscription newsletter, Green Onion & Collards for several years. I published recipes using seasonal local foods. I became a bit overwhelmed at the responses (I know, this should have been a good thing right?) and stopped it about a year ago. Some of the recipes I post will be from the newsletter. I will not count calories or eat lettuce. Girl gotta eat. I also will not give up good craft beer and wine, I will watch my portion size however. I intend to cook healthy, full of flavor foods, which will allow me to eat more, exercise at least 4 times a week (no gym or gym contracts), reduce and try to eliminate processed foods, and have snacks handy. I am a work in progress and will always be. If I am crazy enough to post my weekly weight, you need to be crazy enough to tag along on this journey.
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