August 20, 2011

Fish fry + Coleslaw that tastes like it's from KFC

My little-man isn't so little any more.  Now that he's growing up, he prefers to be called by his rightfully given name. Alex.  His name is Alexander but he prefers Alex.  Just Alex.

Okay then.  Now that we have that out of the way.

Alex and Jeff (that's my Mr. CHiPy) went on an end-of-summer, week long camping and  fishing adventure together.  Not just any fishing adventure...deep sea fishing on a boat in the middle of the ocean.  They also went abalone diving, hiking and snorkeling.  During this trip, Alex tried to earn his fishing merit badge for Boy Scouts and by doing so had to catch, clean, cook and eat his own fish. It's only taken him four tries.  The first time he caught a fish, he couldn't leave it alone and picked it up out of the bucket and the darn thing jumped out of his arms, right back into the ocean - that was last year.  This summer at boy scout camp he caught a fish and gutted it but fell asleep and the other boys cooked it and ate it.  Then, while visiting his dad, he caught a fish, gutted it and cooked it but did not eat it.

Finally, after returning from his adventure trip with fish that he caught and cleaned, he was ready to cook it and eat it.

Proof that he actually cooked his own fish.  And he did eat it.  I must say, his fish tasted really good.

As a side dish I made a really good coleslaw that tastes "just like you got it from KFC".  No joke. This stuff is amazing. A special thank you to my dear mother-in-law, Lorna Burke Morris for giving me this recipe just days after I married Jeff.

Coleslaw "that tastes like you got it from KFC"

Blend together and set aside:
2/3 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1/2 tsp poppy seeds
1/4 tsp salt
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons diced onion

1 (16 ounce) bag coleslaw mix
2 cups turnips, shredded  (optional, but recommended)

Toss well, add dressing and chill before serving.  I marinate this overnight in my refrigerator and then drain off excess liquid.

My absolute favorite coleslaw!