The ever controversial Orange Roughy and a recipe to redeem it!

img_3462In my opinion, Orange Roughy is a not a very desirable looking fish when it is pulled from the freezing depths of the ocean. This could be because it is one of the longest living fish ranging from 100 years to 149 years old. However, looks can be deceiving. This brick-like red, rough scaled, round-headed fish, when filleted and cooked, delivers a mild, delicate flavor with large flakes of white meat.

There are those who will argue that Orange Roughy should be avoided. So, I will briefly point out two negatives which you can explore further through a simple Google search. Because they live so deep in the ocean, they are mainly caught by sea-trawling which means other sea life parishes during this process. In addition, because of their age, they tend to have higher traces of mercury.

I have made the personal decision to eat Orange Roughy for two positive reasons I can think of off-the-top-of-my-head. First, it is a low calorie option. One serving contains approximately 89 calories and less than a gram of fat of which only a tiny portion is saturated. Second, it contains several vitamins and minerals such as niacin, iron, vitamin B and E along with folate, potassium, magnesium and phosphorus.

So, the choice is yours!  If you, much like me, have made the personal decision to eat Orange Roughy, I have a delicious recipe I think you will enjoy! Continue reading “The ever controversial Orange Roughy and a recipe to redeem it!”

Date-night Fajitas

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When I think about fajitas, one thing comes to mind….date night with my girl.  Usually, all of the stars must align in order for a date nigh to even to occur.  We are both divorced and we both have children.  So, in order for this to happen, we have to be childless, meaning my kids are with my ex and her kid is with her ex.  Catch my drift?  Don’t get me wrong, we both love our children and we especially love when all of us are together on the same night which also only occurs with a special alignment of stars.  I’ll explain this eventually.

On date night, we usually venture on over to our local Mexican flair for Fajitas for Two.  I start out with my usual, a Dos Equis.  My girl likes what I call, a tanker-truck full of top-shelf margarita, on the rocks with salt.  Along with our drinks, we like to have a little appetizer.  At our favorite Mexican dive, the cheese dip with minced jalapenos is the best! Then the fajitas for two arrive.  Since we can’t agree on either chicken or steak, we order a combination of both!  Nice.

This date night thing got me thinking…what if I could re-create this at home?  Why, you may ask?  Several reasons.   First, we enjoy being home together, especially alone, on the rare occasion that we have no children.  Second, because we love sitting on our deck in our wooded backyard on our little one acre lot in Marietta, Georgia, which  -by the way- is crawling distance from The Big Chicken (the locals know what I’m talking about-I’ll explain another time).  Isn’t that enough?  Okay. Okay.  So, it just so happens I love to cook and it just so happens I own a Kamado Joe.  There.  Now on with the rest of the story. Continue reading “Date-night Fajitas”