A Fishy Saturday (Part 1 of 3)

Today has not gone as planned. David and I like to head to our favorite local coffee shop, Jozoara, and hang out while I do a little blogging and he reads…over my shoulder. It’s become a nice Saturday tradition that I look forward to. Oatmeal, their Local Latte, and writing.

Before we could go to Jozoara today, I had to stop by Reel Fish. This company is a fresh seafood supplier to many restaurants in Middle Tennessee, and on Fridays and Saturdays the public can buy from them too. Yesterday I went in for red snapper and little neck clams so I could make David and me a fancy dinner tonight. Their credit card reader was down, so the owner let me take the fish with a promise that I’d bring a check to him.

When we arrived check-in-hand this morning, the owner was the only person there. We chatted for awhile about our mutual love of fresh fish, and I paid him for yesterday’s food. As David and I turned to leave, he yelled, “Do you like oysters?” Duh. He went into the refrigerator and came back with a bagful of oysters and another bagful of this:

David making “spoon fish” from mahi mahi.

That’s 2 mahi mahi carcasses. He had sold the fillets of those fish to restaurants, and he planned to make “spoon fish” out of what was left. He told us to take the carcasses home and use a spoon to scrape the remaining flesh from around the spine. It would be enough meat to make “about 2 sandwiches.”

We took our smelly treasure with a smile–and a little trepidation. What on earth were we going to do with all this fish? We now had too much fresh fish to consume in one evening. Impromptu dinner party with Mama and Daddy Womack? You bet!

Stay tuned for part 2 of our culinary adventure!

I Love Late July

I don’t mean the month. July in Tennessee is miserable. Even sitting here in the middle of February on a grey day, I dread July. Heat indexes hit 8,000 degrees, and your skin (or maybe your foundation) melts off your face when you get more than 2 feet from an air conditioning vent. It isn’t pretty.

I love Late July chips. Why? Because they’ve gotten my husband on-board the clean-eating ship.

Since David and I started avoiding all chemicals and eating tons of organics, I don’t go down the grocery aisles very often. Organic produce, organic dairy, Ezekiel bread. That’s about it. But believe it or not, the chip aisle has become standard for me. David is a self-described snack addict. He would rather eat a bag of chips and some spicy homemade dip than the most beautiful organic meal I can whip up. I try not to be offended by that.

So why do these chips make me smile? No chemicals, no artificial anything, organic ingredients, non-GMO grains, and no sugar! You’d be amazed how many salty snacks are full of refined sugar. These chips aren’t light in calories, so consume in moderation. This is really hard to do (especially for my snack addict!) with all the tasty varieties they sell. My local Publix carries five flavors, our favorites being Mild Green Mojo and How Sweet Potato It Is. Combine any of those with some plain hummus, and you’ve got a nutritional treat full of protein, fiber, and good fatty acids. What’s not to love?