Blackened Catfish

This dish was part of a meal that was created for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was “Southern”. I have a few friends from the South and I have been there a couple times so I had a few different options for dishes. The hard part was trying to make something that I have never had before. Then I realised that I have never had blackened catfish even though I have seen it on a bunch of menus. How could I not like this? Catfish and Cajun spices? Sign me up!

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Meyer Lemon Garlic Salmon

This dish was prepared for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was “local ingredients” and my second theme was “citrus”. You know what the pacific northwest does not grow a lot of? Damn citrus. Then while researching this, I found a couple meyer lemon farms. Mix that with the fact that salmon is everywhere, I got myself a dish. Normally I do not like seasoning my salmon with too much stuff because I just like the taste of salmon but this came out incredibly good. Full of flavour, the skin cooked perfectly, and it flaked off just looking at it.

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Hong Kong Style Egg Tarts

This dish was created for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was “East Asian” and my secondary theme was “Sweet or Savory Tarts”. I am going to start with the fact that I am not particularly fond of baking. Also, I do not think I have ever made a tart bofore. Now that those two things are out of the way, I’m going to say that these were really good. So good that you question how bad they are for you but then you decide to ignore that. I am not sure why I even questioned it since these are basically eggs and sugar. How could you go wrong? The crust is basically a sugar cookie and the custard isn’t very sweet but fits very well. I decided to use my food processor’s dough attachment to make these because I have never used it before and it made it incredibly easy to make. I could see myself making these again.

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Cajun Shrimp Salad Jar

This dish was created for the subreddt, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was “brown bag lunch” and my second theme was “salad”. Yes, I know this is not a brown bag but I did not have any so my Doctor Who lunch box will have to do! This meal was so easy to create and it goes well, warm or cold. This morning, it was a nice change to just grab one of these jars and when I ate lunch, just give it a good shake and pop the top and dig in. If you do not want to eat out of the jar, you could easily just dump it out into a bowl or plate.

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Blackened Tilapia Tacos with Mango Avocado Salsa

The salsa part of this dish was created for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was “raw”. But after you make a large bowl, you are overcome with the horribly great problem of deciding on a vessel to shovel the salsa in your mouth. I chose tacos…. and chips… obviously. The taco meat and the salsa were both really good and bursting with flavours but together… the were to die for. Maybe not die for but probably kill for. Definitely making these again.

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Hazelnut-Crusted Salmon

This dish was prepared for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was “Rep Your Region”, and since I live in Portland, Salmon and Hazelnuts fit in quite well. I was fairly hesitant for this dish due to the use of mayo on the Salmon but damn I was surprised. The flavour was really good and the fish stayed nice and juicy. Went great with an Oregon white wine :). Also went well with some Garlic Parmesan Rice.

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Shrimp Wrap with Melon-Cucumber Relish

This dish is the first part of a dish created for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was “picnic food”. My significant other and I found out that we had different ideas of what was considered “picnic food”. My thought process was anything that could be easily carried outside, required minimal preparation, and easier to clean up. Her idea was something else that was wrong. That being said, this fit my idea perfectly because I was able to make it, wrap it up, put it in a bag or basket, and then walked to the cemetery across the street. Now about the wrap… I am going to start to say that anything with shrimp, I am willing to try, and I love wraps. Now that I have exposed my obvious bias, this actually was delicious. The curry Dijon made a very nice kick at the end.

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