Thursday, 9 April 2020

Trout Almandine



Trout Almandine

1 whole trout, cleaned, filet and de-boned
3/4 cup sliced almonds
1 c milk
1/2 cup flour
olive oil
3 T unsalted butter
salt and pepper
cayenne pinch (optional)
capers (optional)

Lay the trout in the milk for one hour in refrigerator. 

Remove from milk and dust the trout on both sides with flour.



On high heat melt the butter in a fish skillet as I have or a large round skillet will work just fine. 

Add the fish fillets and brown on both sides, this will not take long 2-3 minutes depending on thickness.



Remove and cover and keep warm. If you haven't a way to keep your fish hot, saute the almonds first.

Add your almonds to the pan and brown, giving the pan a little shake. Add salt and pepper and optional cayenne or capers.

Plate your filet and spoon the sauce over the top. Garnish with lemon and parsley. 

My changing look....LOL! Well, below is my current look, blonde. The Covid 19 pandemic has halted my progress to my natural "white/silver" hair. I started the process from my highlighted brunette color to go natural on January 6. The first thing my hairdresser said was, "go to the wig shop and try on a wig, make sure it is what you want to do. It is going to be a very long process to transform from brunnette to white without damaging your hair". This photo is the first wig I tried on, and is very close to my natural color.


I was happy with the color with my skin and started the process January 6, another appointment on February 4, and a 3rd appointment on March 5. Each time extracting safely the brown dye from my hair. April would have gotten me pretty close if not spot on the color above, but, my salon closed, due to Covid19. So, here it is folks! I'm a blonde! When it is safe, I will continue the process.

This is a dinner on our patio with family who is following protocol. We  are making the best of a very scary time. Note my new earrings, made by a small business on Etsy! This will be my souvenir of this pandemic, you can purchase here!

Stay safe! I am still making masks for everyone and hospitals and care facilities as is my daughter. No charge, just feeling I have something to give and it makes me feel like I am helping! We have made hundreds of masks in three different patterns. #flattenthecurve

You can find a filter pocket mask pattern on this link!
 







Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Mask with Filter Pocket


My Mom was one of the original Rosie the riveters at Boeing company!


I started making masks in February in preparation for the pandemic to reach Arizona. No one believed this would happen. Well folks, it happened! It is in every state, some more wide spread than others. It is an invisible war.... 

My first mask I made with things I had on hand. Fabric, hair ties, pipe cleaners and pressed interfacing/embroidery backing. I ordered elastic and more pipe cleaners.

I have been sending or friends have picked up on my porch the masks.  I have sent to hospitals in other states, friends and family. I have been busy. It has been a learning experience for me. Each hospital that I have sent to has had a little different spec on what they want. I have learned that we can get very inventive using materials we have on hand for filters and ear straps.

I have made my pattern as simple as possible with the fewest breaks in sewing.







Turn the mask through the pocket opening, clip the corners, being careful not to clip the knotted elastic.










The pipe cleaner goes into the pocket. Push it to the top along the seam.






Your mask is finished! I used a deconstructed Filtrete Air conditioning filter fabric in mine, but you can use pressed fabric like interfacing or embroidery backing.


If you cannot find elastic, you can use hair ties. My first masks used hair ties. If you don't have pipe cleaners, you can use bread bag ties. 



This mask is not a N-95, but, it is the best we can do during this time for personal use. Some hospitals are desperate for these as they cannot get the N-95.  

Please forgive the writing, I got up and made the mask, photographed the steps and started writing- wanted to get this out quickly and get back to sewing.

Stay safe......#stayhome



Thursday, 12 March 2020

Pot o' Gold Coins



I made these Oreo gold coins, and it took me about 30 minutes! So easy!  

Monday, 9 March 2020

8 Year Blog-a-versary



Eight years ago March 7, 2012 I made the decision to dive into the blog world. With the help of a couple of family members I chose a name, and sitting on the veranda of our Ocho Rios cottage I alone created the web site. Trust that the "Sew whats cooking with Joan" website has changed dramatically, since that day. But, my goal to learn about the building of a website and implementing it, stimulating my brain and getting whats in that brain out to you has been so much fun and more successful than I would have ever imagine. Photography was never of interest to me, however, once I started taking the pictures of food, I became interested in improving the photography of that food. 

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Four Cheese Mac and Cheese



I admit, I don't eat a lot of Mac and Cheese....however, if I'm going to eat Mac and Cheese, it has to be creamy and complex. In order to get to what I will eat, it has got to be EPIC!! I formulated this recipe and even the hubster said, "this is the best mac and cheese I have ever eaten"! I made my recipe on a recent ski and snowmobiling trip to West Yellowstone and Big Sky Ski resort near West Yellowstone. Everyone loved it and went back for seconds! Here is the recipe~

Sunday, 26 January 2020

Hot Fudge Sundae's!



Quick! Simple! What’s the best food pairing you can think of? Anyone who does not immediately answer "hot fudge and vanilla ice cream" is far too grownup.

Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Instant Pot Sticky Toffee Pudding



For Amy's Birthday she requested a very special dessert, "Sticky Toffee Pudding"!! We were off on a snowmobile trip in the Cascade Mountains and this  seemed perfect, after a day on the mountain trails!