I have to admit that my life lately has been anything BUT ordinary! David I recently got back from a 2 week DREAM vacation (at least for adventure seekers like us) in Alaska, I got some super exciting news about my work situation in September (more to come on that later), we just found out that Jon Snow is ALIVE (FYI: we're ALMOST caught up- WOOHOO!) and I still have 3 weeks of summer vacation left to enjoy!
LIFE. IS. GOOD.
So here are 10 recent EEEEM's (extra, extra, extra extraoardinary moments) from life recently:
1. When I got my very own fishing licence in Homer, AK (aka the Halibut fishing capital of the world)
2. When I got to hike several stunning 'mountains'
3. When I got to spend all-day, everyday for 14 days in a row with my favourite guy! (I mean...look at him...he's the BEST!)
4. When David & I hiked to Exit Glacier and drank from its flowing water! WOW!
5. When I got the whole plane row to myself on the way to Alaska!
6. When David & I had some pretty cool interactions with Orca Whales!
7. When David & I stumbled upon two moose on a hike- a mother and her baby!
8. When a delayed flight and missed connection resulted in a 'surprise' day in LA
9. When I found and ate the world's largest dark-chocolate peanut butter cup!
10. When your freezer looks like THIS: ***YES!...that's 17lbs of fresh Halibut***
This summer David and I spent two weeks in Alaska having the time of our lives (more to come on that in a later blog post). One of the best things we did on our trip was go Halibut fishing in the Halibut fishing capital of the world, Homer, Alaska. It was such a blast! We took a 2.5 hour boat ride into what felt like the heart of the Pacific Ocean, cast our lines and almost immediately started to get bites! We couldn't believe it! It was the most exciting fishing I'd ever done (...sorry Dave Pearo)! Unfortunately Halibut fish don't have the best table manners- many times we worked hard to reel in our 200ft of line only to discover that our 'catch' had dined and dashed! RUDE. However with a little patience and lots of hard work David and I managed to catch two fair sized Halibut fish each.
After having our four fish skinned, de-boned and filleted we ended up with 17lbs of Halibut! When we got home we couldn't wait to enjoy our first meal and what better way to enjoy fresh fish than in the form of a TACO?! Ammi right?!
Seriously guys these tacos are SO delicious that you won't want to confine taco night to just Tuesday's anymore! I guarantee these bad boys will be making their way into your Friday, Saturday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday (...you get the idea) dinner plans well into September! You can thank me later ;)
Here's what you'll need:
Cilantro Lime Sauce
How to prepare the Halibut:
How to prepare the Cilantro Lime Sauce:
Top your taco shells with avocado, coleslaw, halibut and the to-die-for cilantro lime sauce for a meal you'll be dreaming about well into the weekend! Honestly...they taste PHENOMENAL!
Give them a try and let me know what you think! :)
For being such a chocolate lover, it's surprising how little I know about chocolate! That's why I was super excited when my friend Jessica gifted me a 'chocolate making workshop' for my birthday. Neither of us had any idea what a chocolate making workshop might involve...but we were both hoping that 'tasting' would be part of the night!
Well guys, we were definitely not disappointed. The first activity the chocolatier had us do was taste 3 different kinds of chocolate and guess what secret ingredient was in each one- cinnamon, ginger and chilli pepper! WOohoo! All three blends were delicious but the cinnamon one was my favourite! :)
Next the chocolatier gave us a demonstration on how to make chocolate- mix cocoa butter, cocoa powder, sugar and cream! The more cream that's added, the more 'milk chocolate' it becomes. Chocolate is very temperamental and has to be at a specific temperature in order to cool properly and taste delicious- WHO KNEW?!?
Next came time for the hands on part of the night! We were given unbaked lava cakes to decorate. We weren't given any instructions on how to decorate and were given complete artistic freedom so Jessica and I went to town! They definitely didn't look pretty, but they tasted delicious!
FUN FACT: Have you heard people say "white chocolate isn't real chocolate"? I definitely grew up believing that was true. At the workshop we learned that any product that has cocoa butter listed as the first ingredient is 'real' chocolate. There are actually many 'real' white chocolates. The white easter bunnies that you get from the dollar store have 'sugar' listed as the main ingredient and use palm oil instead of cocoa butter so you could say that they are made out of 'fake' chocolate!
For the final part of the workshop we were given large squares of chocolate ganache and cookie cutters. We stamped shapes out of our ganache, dunked them into chocolate and then decorated them on the baking tray! Honestly this part looked WAY easier than it was. You're supposed to be able to bring the ganache out of the liquid chocolate without having excess pour onto the tray creating a 'footing'. As you can see from the pics below.... we haven't mastered this skill quite yet! ;)
At the end of the workshop we got to bring home everything we made- our lava cake and about 7 chocolates! It was SO much fun learning something new with Jessica! We'd definitely recommend this workshop but make sure you get tickets from Groupon to save some $$$. We both agreed that it wouldn't be worth the $85 per person that they charge if you don't purchase through Groupon!
Hi! I'm Mrs. Julia Dawe,