I’m Back, with Focaccia.

Hi guys. Let’s just pretend that I didn’t stop blogging for the past 6 months.

I’m back.  And I’m eating focaccia bread.  You can eat it too if you use this recipe.  I found it on Noble Pig.

Making my own focaccia bread is on the bucket list I wrote for myself at the beginning of this summer.  So that is exactly what I did today.  And ooooh man was it delicious.  My favorite part of the recipe was poking my fingers all over it.

And if the 1 cup of olive oil in the recipe is not enough for you, take a dip in this oil.  Marc and I celebrated our 1 year wedding anniversary in Monterey and Carmel last week and indulged in one of the most amazing meals at Piatti.  The dipping oil that they brought to the table for our bread knocked my socks off.  So today, I looked up a copy cat recipe for it.  I used dried parsley because I didn’t have fresh on hand and it turned out delish.

I served this along side polenta and roasted veggies.


Honey Lime Cilantro Tilapia

When Marc and I found tilapia on sale at the grocery store, we made a resolution to eat more fish.  Neither of us dislike fish, but we don’t love it.  We really want to try to eat more of it.

This was the first time I have ever cooked any type of fish and it was honestly very easy, especially since I used tin foil pouches to bake them in.  Easy clean up!

I scoured the internet for good tilapia recipes and ended up improvising my own.  There were so many recipes, but none of them really looked amazing.  I saw one that had lime in it and decided to run with it.  The flavoring ended up being perfect, but both of us are still adapting our taste buds to seafood.  I think the next time I make tilapia, I will try a breaded recipe to make the fish flavor a little more subdued.

The rice was my favorite part of the meal by far.  So simple to make!

Honey Lime Cilantro Tilapia Recipe

Preheat oven to 400. In a small bowl whisk together:

4 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. honey
the zest of one lime
the juice of one lime
handful cilantro, roughly chopped
1/2 tsp salt
pepper to taste

Create two pouches out of tin foil.  Place into pouches, individually:

2 Tilapia Fillets

Spoon the seasoning into the pouches, covering the fillets. Seal pouches and bake for 10 minutes.

Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe

In rice cooker or small pot combine:

1/2 cup white jasmine rice
1/2 cup brown jasmine rice
1/4 tsp. salt
2 cups water

Simmer until all water is absorbed, 15-20 minutes. Add to rice:

zest of one lime
juice of one lime
generous handful of cilantro, roughly chopped

Stir to combine well. Serve warm.