Impossibly fresh wild Alaska red salmon. Just caught LAST NIGHT... That's right... Wednesday night! Over night shipped to me from Hubby who was in Alaska. Some of the fish was salmon fillets and some of the salmon was smoked and some of it was halibut steaks!
Tonight we start with Smoked salmon appetizer... I say...
I am trying to find words to describe this... Lightly smokey, tender and moist add a little whipped cream cheese No need for crackers... MMMmmm Just look at the color! Amazing, Fresh...
We ate the whole slab...
Later I prepared:
Cedar Planked Salmon Herbed Parmesan Orzo Steamed baby Bok-Choy
Follow my easy tutorial!
Made the "Rainey's Magic Rub..." (It turns from a rub into a glaze magically!)
1 Tab. McCormick's barbecue grill spice 1 Tab. Mrs Dash Chicken spice 1 tea. Paprika 1 cup of brown sugar Mix well
Soak cedar plank for at least an hour prior. I put mine in a full sink and the water wicks up.
Spray the board with a little Pam and place the fillet on the board. This salmon was caught yesterday on a fishing pole and shipped over night. It was very FRESH! This is what they call "Reds" in Alaska... Also known as Sockeye.
Massage a little Magic Rub gently into the fish and let it soak in... Then cover the fish with a THICK layer of the Rub.
Carefully place on your hot grill... I added a couple fresh rosemary sprigs from my herb garden located right behind me when I'm standing there grilling. You can if you have it... if not, no worries!
Close the grill, turn it down to Med heat and WALK AWAY... Trust in the Force... even if there is lots of smoke coming out... don't open the grill... Smoke is good... oxygen will make FIRE! After 15 minutes open the grill and check to see if it is done depanding on the thickness of the fish... Mine was kinda thin so 15 minutes did it... but if its a thicker slab of fish let it go 20, providing you soaked your cedar well! After 15 minutes:
See how the rub turned into a glaze all bubbly and pretty? Mine was done... I pulled it and plated it.
Perfectly moist and tender...
Here is a better shot of my Herbed Parmesan Orzo (SO GOOD)
Honestly I love my wood outdoor furniture... Except for the years when we have to sand and re-stain it all! This year I even had the cushions recovered. Luckily we only have to do this every three or four years!
Here is the before:
The long tedious during...
And the after:
Hubby helped and we are so happy to have gotten this done before the hot weather kicked in! And another Summer metamorphosis:
Here is my first Zucchini of the Summer...
Turned into the First Zucchini Bread of the Summer!
I have always loved Sea Turtles... And when I was in Texas in South Padre Island I was able to visit the Rescue! A very interesting day indeed!
Here are the photos I took:
Here is a healthy turtle ready to be released back into the ocean... It washed up on shore during a storm and they nursed him back to health.
This one will never be released back into the wild... A shark bit off its back fins and it can't swim...
The Rescue is experimenting with a device that attaches to him to give him balance to at least swim every day at the habitat... It works quite well!
This poor little guy is called "Patch" and he got a wound on his shell from a propeller! They are trying to help him heal but this kind of wound takes a long time to heal and in the wild is usually fatal! This beautiful Turtle was so lucky to be found by a passer by and the rescue was called. He's gonna make it with time on his side now.
This poor baby was sick... and stayed still too long and barnacles grew on its shell... Normally in the wild this will kill a sea turtle but he was found and the amazing people at the rescue are doing the best they can to kill off the barnacles so they can release this beautiful baby back to the ocean.
Its taking a while but its working! They keep him most of the day on a mat with its out of the water... that will kill off the barnacles. Click the photo to enlarge the detail. Poor baby... you could "Feel" his misery and burden.
For my birthday Hubby bought me a nest of eggs (in my name only) and they hatch them and release them into the wild... I wish I could be there the day they go back to the ocean! Here is a photo of the release last July 4th:
For lots of more photos and information or to adopt a sea turtle egg or nest or to just make a donation to this amazing organization click here: Sea Turtle Rescue
Cute Baby ready to be released: Sorry its so blurry... we couldn't use flash on the babies...
My Birthday Month is May... I bought this pretty little tea cup while on a trip to England. Its very delicate and I just love it. I have a cuppa tea every year on my birthday using it... And a confession: I never outgrew Moon Pies. Now they make them in Mini Moon Pies! So on my Birthday this year...
My favorite photo from my tea shoot:
Using the flash so you get the true color of those purple Sky Flowers