Thursday, April 22, 2010
- Take as many catfish fillets as you want. These were pretty big, but you can also buy frozen catfish nuggets that would work just as well, if not better, for frying.
- Salt and pepper the fillets to taste.
- Sprinkle them with some paprika.
- Dredge them in a mixture of 1/2 flour, 1/2 corn meal.
- Lay them out on a cooling rack to dry for 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, heat the oil to 350-375 degrees.
- Slowly lower the fish in the oil and cook until golden brown. I think it was about 10 minutes.
- Drain on a cooling rack and dig in.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
I absolutely adore this arrangement that the Easter Bunny brought me, along with my favorite Reese's chocolate eggs and some Edward Cullen Sweethearts. The E. Bunny knows me entirely too well.
And during the weekend, Mike decided to break out the chainsaw that Mom gave him for Christmas. Sure, we might have been able to break up this limb with a hatchet, but it's always a red letter day when Mike pulls out the power tools. I love our protocol: I poke around the yard, pulling weeds and straightening up, while Mike mixes oil and checks everything out. When he's ready, he comes to find me so I can watch.
My lumberjack is so hot.
Dante really wanted to help.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Excited about the new Sumatran Tiger exhibit and the glorious weather, Mike and I spent last Satuday at the zoo. I've always loved that place and felt ancient when I realized how different everything was. It must be at least 15 years since I've visited last. The hippos and sea lions have been replaced by otters and panthers. The moat around the monkey castle has been taken over by alligators, and the monkeys have been moved to a new exhibit (much to the disappointment of the gators).
This little guy adored Mike and would ride around on his foot.
Apparently Cajun Shrimp is a delicacy.
I think otters are my favorite. This one is Nipper. Her mate is Otis. Now sometimes Mike and I will call each other Otis and Nipper.
The stars of the show. There are actually three. Mike and I were surprised that the only thing between us and them was chain link. It wreaked havoc with his camera, and he was never able to take a photo of them that he really liked.
This dude reminds me of Kearney. Something about the look he's giving us.
I love how this little guy was grabbing weeds from outside his enclosure and stuffing them in his mouth. I guess the grass really IS greener.
Mike has lived in Mississippi for 16 years and didn't know what this was. Somehow, I love him for that.
It was a fun day. We enjoyed lime sno cones (they were out of Tigers' Blood - go figure) and each other's company and the novelty of being tourists in our own town. What exciting things do you have planned for the spring?
Posted by Fran at 4:21 AM
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Ugh. Who knew they printed that out for a reason?
Photo courtesy of icanhascheesburger.
Posted by Fran at 6:27 PM
Saturday, April 10, 2010
If Mike wasn't allergic to shrimp, this post would be entitled, "Coconut Shrimp," but he is, so I exchange chicken fingers for all things shrimp in the kitchen. That's not to say I haven't tried to force Mike into eating shrimp. On our first real date (we had been friends for more than a year before we started dating), I fed him sushi with a big wad of shrimp in it, completely forgetting his allergy. His response? Jokingly something along the lines of "wait until my life insurance is paid up next time."
- Heat the oil to 350 degrees in a deep fryer, or if you don't have a deep fryer, use the deepest frying pan you can find. Either way be very careful with hot oil, watch out for smoke, and keep a fire extinguisher handy. Never ever ever use water to put out an oil fire.
- In a medium bowl, combine the flour, pepper, salt, Tony's, and coconut.
- In another medium bowl, whisk together the eggs and hot sauce.
- Once the oil is hot enough, dip a chicken finger in the egg mixture, then in the flour mixture. For extra-krispy, go back to the egg and in the flour one more time.
- Slowly slip the finger into the oil.
- Work in batches of 4 or 6.
- After about 5-9 minutes, the chicken should be a golden brown.
- Remove from the oil and drain on a cooling rack over newspapers.
- Finely chop the cilantro and mix well into the marmalade.
- Try not to burn your tongue by eating them too soon after frying.
Goes great with onion rings.
There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded. - Mark Twain
Posted by Fran at 7:52 AM
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Does this chocolate make my butt look fat?
A pineapple slicer! Actually, Williams-Sonoma calls it a Pineapple Easy Slicer, but that name is a complete crock. If you follow the link and watch the video, when it comes time to pull the pineapple rings out, you can see in that woman's eyes a glimmer of, "are you kidding me?" And it's true: this thing is not really easy. It helps to take a knife and run it around the edges after you've twisted it down into the fruit, but you should still expect to come out of this experience sticky and to have let fly a few expletives.
I do love a crisp fruit salad. They're pretty, they're easy, and gosh darn it, you can't have a decent brunch without one. This one included the following:
Yesterday was neon limey green from all the pollen. Every year it's this way - the great equalizer, as everybody's car is covered in green - but yesterday was especially different as I could actually see the stuff in the atmosphere. Swirling, settling, puffing out from everywhere. It's strange, as last week it snowed on my tomatoes.