Tips For Choosing and Cooking Tasty Tilapia

Tilapia is healthy, tender, and delicious. It can be used to make many different recipes and it suits lots of cuisines. This fish is also known as Nile perch, cherry snapper, St Peter’s fish, mouthbreeders, and sunshine snapper.

Tilapia comes in different breeds and various colors, including black and white, green, silver, or red. Most tilapia are exported live or as fresh fillets. Indonesian, Thai, and Taiwanese farmers export frozen tilapia to the United States. This fish is widely farmed so it tends to be available year-round.

You can bake, broil, grill, or steam tilapia. You can also use it in stir-fry recipes or pan-fry it. This versatile and flavorful fish is one of the most popular fish that you can get. A red-skinned tilapia might have pink flesh but most tilapia have white flesh. The flavor of the fish can be described as mild, sweet and rather like sole. You can serve tilapia with the skin on because it is attractive, but do not eat the skin because it has a bitter flavor.

How to Choose and Prepare Tilapia Fillets

When buying fresh tilapia, choose moist-looking fish, which is layered in ice. Do not buy tilapia, which has a musky smell. Also, tilapia absorbs the flavor of the water it is raised in so check the harvest methods and source.

Tilapia keeps for two weeks at 32 degrees F. If you cannot get live or fresh tilapia, choose “IQF” (individually quick-frozen) tilapia. This is where the fillets are not stuck together in the packaging. Tilapia keeps well in the freezer for up to six months.

Before cooking tilapia, it is important to clean it well, inside and outside. This means rinsing the fish well under cold running water, as well as removing all traces of the internal organs. You can then cook the whole fish or individual fillets.

How to Cook Tilapia

Thoroughly clean your tilapia fillets and dredge them in beaten egg. Dip the egg-coated tilapia in breadcrumbs and bake it for half an hour in a 360 degrees F oven. You can use parmesan instead of the breadcrumbs or even seasoned flour. Add some chili powder and cayenne pepper to the flour for a spicy kick.

You can steam tilapia in about twelve minutes. To cook a whole tilapia using this healthy cooking method, you should remove as many of the fish scales as you can. Remove the organs and insides from the fish, and then steam it until it flakes easily and is opaque. You can pan fry tilapia fillets in oil or butter for a quick and easy meal, and this takes two or three minutes per side.

If you would rather grill the fish, choose inch thick tilapia fillets and rub a light coating of oil over both sides. Preheat the grill to medium and coat the grill rack with nonstick cooking spray. Tilapia takes about ten minutes to grill to perfection. It takes half that time if you place it directly on the grill.

When the meat is white and opaque and the juices are clear, it is ready to serve. Try wrapping tilapia fillets in aluminum foil with white wine, butter, lemon juice, and julienne-cut vegetables for a delicious summer dinner or cook it directly over a hot grill, with spices rubbed into it, for a tasty blackened tilapia recipe.

Source by Christine Szalay Kudra

The Importance of Shoes

Shoes have become an important part of our everyday lives. Shoes were originally designed to protect our feet from cold weather, sharp objects, and uncomfortable surfaces. The early version of the shoe is thought to be a sandal of some form. As man’s knowledge of tools and the working of leather grew, so did the sophistication and quality of the average shoe. Shoes are shaped by the physical and economic environment of their surroundings. For example, the ancient Egyptians wore flip-flops woven from straw while the Dutch wore shoes carved from wood to protect their feet from damp marshy land they worked in.

With the passing of time shoes have become an integral part of daily lives. Shoes have passed on from being an item of luxury to an item of necessity. Fashion also played a role in the evolution of the shoe. The human psyche craves for an individual and unique identity. The nobility and upper classes saw shoes as an opportunity to fulfill this desire. The shoes got more and more extravagant. Cloth, velvet and tapestries began to be used. This was the birth of the shoe industry as we know it today. Today shoes are classified according to their use. They are casual and dress, work, sport and corrective.

All shoes fall in the casual category due to their characteristics. The differentiating factor is the purpose of the shoe. Casual shoes are designed and intended to convey an attitude of relaxation and informality. Casual shoe design has evolved with the passing time. Today’s casual shoes resemble formal dress shoes in many aspects. The distinguishing factor is the color of the shoe. Casual shoes range from flip-flops to sneakers and boots. The materials used in the manufacture range from leather, canvas and rubber to the modern petrochemical derivatives like plastics and xylenes.

Formal dress shoes are of two varieties – laced and lace less. Traditionally they are made from leather and tended to be expensive. The use of plastics and modern manufacture methods has brought down prices. The upper classes still prefer leather over what they consider cheap plastic. Women’s dress shoes may be a variant of pumps or sandals. The style of clothing decides the category of the shoe in case of women. Unisex shoes are a new product in the shoe market.

Sport shoes are specialized shoes designed and created to enable better performance in a particular sporting activity. Sport or athletic footwear is used in a number of sports like football, basketball, cricket, and track and field events. Climbing shoes are also a specialized type to footwear unsuitable to any other sport and even to walking due to its design. It is usually donned at the base of a climb. Basketball and tennis shoes have rubber soles to enable better grip on their respective courts. Sports like football, soccer, baseball and hockey use shoes with metal spikes on the under sole to give better grip for quick starts and stops. Hiking boots or trail boots are designed to support the ankle to prevent injury and to give good grip on rocky surfaces.

Source by Bernard Huff

Cheerleading Benefits

Cheerleading is a sport which includes all the art and talent of dance, tumbling, cheers, jumps and stunting. Cheerleading always help to lead the spectators of any events to cheer on the teams, especially in the sports. Cheerleading always draw more attention to the event and encourage the concentration, involvement and participation of the audience to a particular event. The people, who do these activities of dancing and cheering, are called cheerleaders. They are the people who are talented and trained with the athletic abilities.

Being a cheerleader always take a lot of practice and dedication. The common and important factor of cheerleaders is that they are hot. Those who do the cheer leading need to get in to shape. Cheerleaders usually will be very flexible. Cheerleaders will be always confident with themselves. With out confidence, no body can survive in the field of cheerleading. Cheerleaders also need to learn the basic hand movements and jumps. They should work on and maintain the dance skills, voice skills and tumbling is always a part of their try-outs. A cheerleader always requires marvelous talent, energetic personality, and the ability to bring smiles to the spectators of the events.

Cheerleading profession has always got so many benefits other than money. Cheerleading improves the confident in us. Cheer leading makes us learn how to perform in front of a huge audience, under certain pressure. It gives the opportunity to study the proper way to bond with the opposite sex. Cheerleading can help a person to be positive in the attitudes. As cheerleaders know how to root each other and also the team they are cheering for the good and the bad. They will be always optimistic in the life. The cheerleaders will be constantly moving and have some regular schedules in the work outs. This helps them improving the stamina, fitness of the body, coordination and strength. Being more conditioned and coordinated can help them in many other aspects of the life too. Cheerleading also improves the team work skills and also helps to give trust in other people of the team.

When cheering on the home team, the cheerleaders should do all the stunts and maneuvers like flipping, twirling, pyramids, jumps, tossing etc. So as there are a lot of chances to get hurt, cheer leading can be as adventurous as any other sports.

Cheerleading has been a practice or a method over the years. Cheers are not limited to football these days. Now we have the squads at basketball games, softball games, Cricket tournaments and much more games. If there's a team which demands the support, there's a set of colorful cheers to provide it. So many constitutions and cheerleading camps provide good coaching and guiding for cheerleading. Some current cheerleaders are also giving the training for the same. Both the gents and ladies who have the talents and sincerity to the job can always make a success in the field of cheerleading.

Source by Leif-Harald Nesheim

How To Make Homemade Winter Carp Fishing Baits And Irresistible Robin Red Boilies!

Robin Red is one of the most successful carp bait additives in the history of carp fishing! It is a true winter winner though and used now in readymade and homemade baits all year round too! How can you exploit this amazing carp catcher best to get better and better big carp catches in winter and all year round? More is revealed here to stimulate those carp senses so read on now!

Robin Red is a dark red powder originally formulated to improve health and plumage colouration of birds. But it has loads of controversy, myth and legend attached to it due to its exceptional carp catching powers! Within this mysterious mixture of sweet, spicy seedy, sugar sweet and red oily factors and elements are the secrets to an astonishing history of carp catches going right back as far as the mid-sixties. Among carp fishing bait ingredients or additives, Robin Red ranks in many anglers top ten, yet there are many anglers that have never ever used it who do not realise what they can do with it to improve their catches!

Two of the first anglers known to have been developing the use of Robin Red in the context of carp fishing baits and extraordinary catches were Ian Booker and John Holt. Many other anglers including Rod Hutchinson were to spread the advantages of using Robin Red as part of their baits, especially in the making of boilies. The distinctive rod colouration of the hands when fishing with Robin Red boilies was a signal to fellow anglers of what you were using, even though in the early days of carp fishing pioneering robin red was part of the cult of carp bait secrecy!

Robin red has been discussed, argued about, and generally thrown about as a subject for debate ever since it became more widely known because anglers really wanted to know what its secrets of success were. It seems that possibly the recipe might have changed, perhaps due to EU legislation perhaps but some think the recipe is not exactly as it was. But even so, the recipe is similar enough today for me to think it very much the same product that I first used at the start of the eighties.

Getting hold of Robin Red is easy enough and one of the most economical licensed suppliers is CC Moore. Many bait companies use this outstanding ingredient in at least one of the baits in their readymade bait range and certainly the CC Moore Meteor readymade bait is a mix that has caught endless big carp over the years including an old Rainbow Lake record, and I for one have been making versions of homemade baits for many decades using Robin red and more recently adapting and altering CC Moore Meteor to tailor it towards my own lines of bait design principles and internal and external functions and optimizations.

One of the things you first notice about Robin Red is how similar it smells to paprika, and the molasses content is very noticeable too. Both I have used to great effect especially in low water temperatures, and indeed Robin red is a legendary winter bait additive. Robin red was originally so associated with winter and cold temperatures that most anglers I knew in the early eighties in the north Kent and south Essex only changed over to exploiting Robin Red around the middle of October dependent upon how fast temperatures dropped off and frosts approached!

The two factors of cold weather and Robin Red were intertwined and in time with experimentation we homemade bait makers realised that this spicy sweet additive was actually very good at any time of year! This was a time before readymade boilies became available in fishing shops and personal experimentation was a key part of personal fishing success.

In fact for me this journey never stopped right up to this day, as the advantages of actually knowing for certain what a bait is composed of and knowing why and how to truly optimise and maximise a bait for particular conditions and seasons of the year is just so incredibly important to maximizing your success!

Anglers using readymade baits without developing this first hand knowledge are simply blind regarding bait and are fishing on faith without knowing how to better the bait they have bought!

Being a homemade bait maker is not for me about choosing a mixture and how many eggs go into a mix. What matters to me are factors that the fish all tell me, in relation to their internal and external processes and much more, and how to induce feeding even when conditions and fish metabolism seem at odds with feeding. This is where the notable aspects of Robin Red are significant to me and I have often used this additive as a starting point for developing bait additives and baits of my own design, to get unique edges over well known and established commercial food baits.

This additive is often used in readymade baits at low inclusion rates, because that way a company can call their bait Red this or that and state it includes this renowned additive, without necessarily putting much in at all! To me this is not a beneficial situation for those that for whatever reasons do not make their own baits!

The fact is that there is a world of difference in catch results between making a winter homemade bait using as little as 25 grams of Robin Red, compared to using 100 or 200 grams in a kilogram of base mix! Pepper and chilli can be over powering due to the ever so potent micro-elements they contain so the balance is critical.

I have made baits with too many spices which have made bait repellant, and only testing will identify maximum levels if you create your own spices mixtures and I test all my baits very rigorously indeed! With Robin Red if you use 100 to 200 grams per kilogram in boilie bait recipes you can be certain you have not over powered your bait and have easily enough of this additive to make all the difference! Revealed in my unique readymade bait and homemade bait carp and catfish bait secrets ebooks is far more powerful information look up my unique website (Baitbigfish) and see my biography below for details of my ebooks deals right now!

By Tim Richardson.

Source by Tim F. Richardson

The Non Surgical Hernia – A New Kind of Hernia Support & Truss

Anthony’s Story

Aged 60, Anthony, who was working as a mowing contractor, decided in March 2008 that it was time to get fit again. He renewed his gym subscription and started back on weights. Shortly after trying to bench 220 lbs (100 kg) for the first time in 15 years, he developed a pain in his right groin, which was diagnosed as an inguinal hernia. Anthony’s doctor booked him in for hernia repair surgery, which was to be carried out in September.

While awaiting surgery, Anthony consulted a homeopath and osteopath. The osteopath gave Anthony simple exercises for strengthening his transverse abdominal muscles.

Anthony stopped all other forms of exercise, gave up his mowing job, and avoided stretching and lifting anything heavier than 4-6 lbs for about three months. He ordered a hernia support garment as this had a guarantee to keep the hernia in during all activities.

When the hernia first appeared, it would pop out 10 times a day, just from walking around or standing in the shower. This stopped when Anthony started wearing the hernia support. In May it emerged again when he tried doing some push-ups without wearing the hernia support, so he went back to wearing it for a couple of hours a day.

By June the hernia appeared to be under control, and Anthony felt confident enough to start doing some mild aerobic exercises and strength training at home. He also began doing some work on his tractor which involved a certain amount of straining. When doing these activities Anthony wore his hernia support, which he found gave him a feeling of security and took much of the tentativeness out of his daily activities.

By September the hernia had improved so much that Anthony postponed the surgery for three months. To check that the hernia really had gone, he went for an ultrasound examination. This showed that nothing remained but a small enlargement of the deep end of the inguinal canal. The doctor asked him to strain as hard as he could; this forced just a small amount of fat into the deep end, but no bowel, and there was no protrusion.

Roy’s Story

Roy, aged 58 in 2005, was working as a window-cleaner and was also an Ironman athlete. The Ironman Triathlon is one of a series of long-distance races organised by the World Triathlon Corporation, consisting of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and 26.2 mile marathon run. This gruelling event requires months of intensive training and an extraordinary degree of fitness.

Roy had taken part in ten Ironman Triathlons, but sadly could do no more, as he had developed a small inguinal hernia. Roy knew two people who were still suffering complications years after hernia surgery, so he had decided against the operation.

However in January 2006 Roy met Craig, who had cured his own hernia by means of diet, herbs, Pilates exercises and also wearing a hernia support garment. Roy was keen to see if he could replicate Craig’s success, so in the middle of January he started to attend Pilates classes with Craig, and began wearing the hernia support.

Roy kept a diary to monitor his progress. After a month he reported that he was feeling fitter, healthier and more toned around the lower abdomen and pelvic area. He decided to run the Dover half marathon on 19th February, and completed it in 1 hour 35 minutes–his best time for several years. Roy felt so encouraged that he was keen to start training for another Ironman Triathlon.

Swimming forms part of the Ironman programme, but Roy’s hernia had up till now caused discomfort during swimming–a feeling of a “pull” in the groin area. Towards the end of February he felt confident enough to swim a fairly hard 2,000 metres, while wearing his hernia support. He was amazed to find that there was no discomfort at all.

So in March, Roy began a gruelling 16-week training schedule in preparation for the Quelle Challenge Triathlon which was to take place on 2nd July 2006. He had to build up to 15-20 hours training per week. As Roy was approaching 60 years of age and had not done an Ironman for two years, he was not sure he would be able to do this training without aggravating his hernia, but by now he had largely forgotten about it, as the bulge was no longer appearing. To be on the safe side he kept up his Pilates exercises and wearing his hernia support.

The Ironman is the largest mass participation triathlon on the planet: 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run. When the day arrived Roy began at 7.20am. Here is his report:

“The swim was comfortable, but slow. Had a good bike, taking it easy ready for the marathon. Ran 4,456 metres. Total time: 13hr 2 mins. Placed 1,656 out of some 4,000 starters, 26th in my age group. I don’t think I would have been able to put in the training successfully without the help of my Pilates exercises and wearing my hernia support (although it was not practical to wear it on race day). I felt better prepared for this race than most of my previous ten Ironmen and seemed to suffer no ill effects.”

In September 2008 Roy reported that he had not worn his hernia support for some time, was still very active, and had no trace of a hernia. He considers himself fully healed.

A Question-Mark Over Surgery

Researchers in the US, UK, Sweden and other countries have measured the rate of long-term complications after hernia repair surgery. It’s not good news. For instance Loos and colleagues in the Netherlands found that of 1,766 men followed-up for three years by questionnaire, 40.2 per cent were still suffering some degree of pain, and 1.9 per cent experienced severe pain. One-fifth of the patients felt that their work or leisure activities were impaired.

Some surgeons are very concerned that patients are being routinely sent for this surgery even though their hernia may be quite small and painless. The policy of early surgery is intended to prevent a hernia from progressing and avoid the risk of it becoming “strangulated”–an emergency situation. But it has now been shown that strangulation is not very common. Many surgeons now follow a policy of “Watchful Waiting” (monitoring) a hernia instead of offering immediate surgery. In the UK elective hernia repair surgery has been reclassified as “low priority” by a growing number of regional health policy-makers.

Non-Surgical Alternatives

What do men like Anthony and Roy who have healed their own inguinal hernias have in common? On websites devoted to non-surgical alternatives the most frequently successful alternative system seems to be a programme of exercises such as Pilates to strengthen the abdominal area. Next in importance comes the wearing of a hernia support garment to keep the hernia “in”. This is crucial. If the hernia is allowed to remain protruding, it will prevent the gap in the abdominal wall from healing up.

Nowadays most doctors and surgeons do not prescribe trusses, and some positively discourage them. Even today some trusses use metal springs to apply pressure to the hernia, via a pad which can be quite hard, and which presses into the hernia. This protrusion can cause scar tissue to form around the hernia’s edges, which prevents them from knitting together and healing. In order to keep the hernia in, the pad needs to remain in contact with it at all times, and during all activities. Most trusses cannot follow body movement and so fail to do this.

A hernia support should fit well, be comfortable, keep the hernia in at all times, and be free of springs or pads that bulge inwards. It should have a guarantee to hold a groin hernia in, even during sport and heavy manual labour, and should have a money-back guarantee. Also watch out for hernia supports with metal components as these can set off alarms in airports. The best type of hernia support consists of an elastic belt with rigid flat pads that slide together in such a way that the hernia area is supported at all times.

To cure your own inguinal hernia isn’t such a new idea. After all, A famous 19th century German clinic known as the Bilz Clinic, considered that hernia cures were commonplace, and recommended simple exercises, mineral baths and the conscientious wearing of a hernia truss or support until the hernia was cured.

Source by Ewan Wellington

Discover The Correct Betta Fish Water Temperature

Here is the question of the day for you betta lovers. What do you think your betta fish water temperature should be in their tank? 70 degrees? after all, they are tough fighting fish. 75 degrees? that’s where we keep the temperature of our houses. How about 80 degrees? Well, if you guessed 80 degrees, your were correct and your betta loves you for it.

Does it surprise you that your betta should have water temperature at 80 degrees? Think about it for a second, they are tropical fish, tropical fish live where the temperatures are almost always above 80 degrees. If the temperature drops below 80, the water they are in, holds the higher temperature until the sun comes out and it warms up again.

The urban legend of a little betta living in mud puddles and jumping from one to the other, is just that, an urban legend. These fish live in rice paddies, rivers and ponds that usually maintain a fairly high temperature.

Thinking of your betta as a fish that needs no special treatment or care is pretty much going to doom your betta to an early grave or whatever.

My wife and I got a beautiful blue betta for our anniversary about 4 years ago. For two years we were at home most of the time and the house stayed at 75 degrees. During the summer we set the temperature at 80 degrees. We noticed a marked increase in activity from our betta when the house was at 80 degrees as opposed to 73 or 75 degrees. It never dawned on us that this was due to the difference in temperatures. We just figured he was lazy one day and not the other.

During the winter we took a week long trip and had one of our neighbors look in and feed our fish. We set the house temperature at 65 degrees.

When we returned from the trip, our beautiful little betta was on the floor of his tank and appeared to be dead. The house temperature was 66 degrees. We both thought the little guy was a goner. We left him until we unpacked and the house warmed up. After about an hour he began to swim around and when the house temperature reached 75 degrees, he was swimming around in his normal manner.

It was at this point that the light came on for my wife and I. Maybe betta fish should not be in cold water. Remember, tropical fish!

My wife jumped on the internet and started doing some research. Sure enough, almost all the sights made it clear that bettas should be kept in tanks that were heated and kept around 80 degrees. I wonder how many poor little bettas have died from hypothemia when the waters in their tanks got very cold.

So what’s the answer to this problem? and why don’t the employees in the fish depratment at the pet store tell us about this? It’s as simple as buying a tank heater for your betta’s tank. Could it be any simpler than that! How many people have had their fish die and wonder what the cause might have been. A few words at the pet store would have taken care of the problem.

Many aquariums and fish tanks come equipped with tank heaters or can easily have one installed in the tank.

The SIZE of the heater will depend on the SIZE of your betta tank.

In my view, the smallest size for a betta should be a 2 gallon tank, which would require about a 10 watt heater.

It is best to get one that is fully submersible and is safe even if run while dry. A heater this size can raise the water temperature by approximately 5 degrees. Cost for one this size would be around $13.

As you get into the larger tanks, such as a 5 gallon, a 40 to 50 watt heater would be required. Price on one such as this would be about $25.

Now that you have decided to get a heater, the next question is, where do you get one? How about the pet store where you bought your fish. Most pet stores carry a variety of fish tanks and heaters. Many tanks come with heaters made especially for that size aquarium. If not, just go by the previous guidelines, ask the Department Manager for help and read the information on the heater packaging.

Don’t forget that thing called the World Wide Web. There are hundreds of sites where you can purchase a betta tank heater.

One other thing you should consider getting, is a thermometer to test the temperature of the water. This is the only accurate way of knowing the actual temperature of your bettas water. The cost of a thermometer will be under $10.

Your betta fish will live a happy, healthy life (about 5 years) if you make a little effort to help it. One of the best things you can do, is to make certain that the water in their tank is kept at the correct temperature. A tank heater and a thermometer will make this a very easy task for you.

Source by Robert D Schroeder

Delicious Caribbean Food Recipes: Cayman Style

Caribbean food recipes are very interesting to me because they are usually a blend of European, African and Asian ingredients. Caribbean food history is intricately linked to the slave trade, and as a result, many foods were transplanted to the Caribbean Islands for the African slaves. With time, slavery was abolished, and instead, indentured servants from India and China were transported to the Caribbeans for additional labor. The end result is that many traditional Caribbean foods have influences from countries all over the world.

A typical West Indian dish may include steamed fish with rice and beans. The side dishes may include callaloo, fritters, or breadfruit. Of course the fish comes from the warm waters of the Caribbean sea. However, the rice is originally from China, the red kidney beans are from South America, the callaloo is originally from west Africa, fritters are made with flour from the Middle East, and breadfruit is originally from the Pacific Islands.

Steamed fish

The main thing I like about traditional Cayman food is its freshness. When I have steamed fish at a local Kitchen, it has literally been caught that morning, lightly seasoned, and prepared to perfection. My husband and I were regulars at the Heritage Kitchen when we lived in West Bay. The food is delicious, but always in short supply. If you didn’t arrive just when the restaurant opened, you would likely not be able to order their fresh catch of the day. To prepare steamed fish, wash the fish in lime and then season it with salt and pepper to your taste. Heat coconut oil in a pan. Add the fish and cook it on both sides until it is golden brown. Add a sliced onion, a little water, and seasoning pepper. Cook on low heat for a few minutes until done.

Rice and Beans

Probably the first traditional Grand Cayman food I had was Rice and Beans. This is a dish that I originally tasted at one of the many local Grand Cayman restaurants and kitchens. Usually, Caribbean cooks like to play around with this dish until they make it their own creation. I’ve had it many different ways, but I think the best recipe is Rice and Beans – Cayman Style. To start, soak the beans overnight. Cook the beans until they are tender (about an hour). Drain the beans and save the bean water, it should be about 3 cups. You may need to add more water to get to 3 cups. In another pot, boil previously saved bean water, salt, black pepper, thyme, onion, and seasoning pepper. Add previously boiled beans and coconut milk and let everything come to a boil. Add the rice. Make sure there is about 1/2 inch of water over the rice and beans. When the pot starts to boil again, lower the heat and let it simmer for about 20 minutes or until all of the water is absorbed.

Breadfruit

This is a dish that I’ve only had in my home. My adventurous husband became curious about breadfruit and asked one of his Jamaican clients how to prepare it. It turned out to be very simple. First place the whole breadfruit in the oven for about an hour. This step is necessary so that you can easily cut the fruit. At this point you can eat the fruit by itself, soak it in butter, or eat it as a side dish to a meal. Another option, is to fry it up for just a couple of minutes on top of the stove. This is what we did the the result was scrumptious. After frying, it tastes a bit like potato, but with an interesting texture.

These traditional Caribbean food recipes are delicious and easy to make. If you use all fresh ingredients, then you are assured of a tasty Caribbean meal that you can easily make in your own home. If you are here visiting the Cayman Islands, I highly recommend one of the many local restaurants and Kitchens. Each one has its own specialty that will have you going back for more.

Source by Katherine Okia-Towers

Broiled Monkfish Recipe

Monkfish is a really nice fish if you haven’t tried it, you should! There are many reasons to like broiled monkfish (one of my favorite ways to prepare it). here are a few of my top reasons for buying and preparing this fish when I’m entertaining guests or concocting a delicious and special meal for my family.

Despite the ugliness of the fish itself and its name, it’s quite a fantastic piece of fish, really. It’s expensive, fatty and not dry at all. This means that you

1.) serve to company and make them feel special

2.) prepare it just about any way you would like to because of its fatty nature it won’t dry out very quickly

3.) its single central bone is easy to remove without the worry and hassle of little ‘fish bones’. Now that’s my kind of fish.

Broiled fish is a quick and healthy way to prepare your main course. It requires very little cooking time and the clean up is quite hassle-free. Combine this easy way to prepare this easy-to-prepare-fish and you have got a real winner dinner!

One last word on monk-fish is this: kids tend to like it! Like salmon, these “fatty” fish are well received by the younger crowds. It’s easy to serve monkfish in bite-size chucks, removing the bone, and making it kid-friendly. And of course, you don’t have to worry about bones for kids to choke on. Beautiful, n’est-ce pas?

Broiled Monkfish

Nice and easy but elegant dish that will impress family or guests. It’s a recipe that will keep you out of the kitchen and amongst your guests when entertaining.

Serves: 4

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Broiling Time: 15 minutes

  • 4 monkfish fillets
  • 2 teaspoons (soup spoon) olive oil, Extra Virgin, separated
  • half a lemon, to squeeze over fish
  • 2 teaspoons (soup spoon) sea salt + a couple of whole fennel seeds
  • Freshly chopped parsley to taste
  • Freshly cracked pepper to taste
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese to taste
  • Turn on broiler in oven. Rinse fillets under cold water, pat dry with paper towel or clean dish towel; rub filets, front and back, with lemon juice; arrange on cookie tray or baking dish.
  • Rub 1/2 teaspoon salt and fennel on each fillet (or to taste); drizzle each fillet with olive oil, sprinkle with freshly chopped parsley, freshly cracked pepper and Parmesan cheese.
  • Slide under broiler (leaving approximately 8 inches between broiler and fish) and broil for 10-15 minutes or until cooked through and golden brown.

Source by Anne Dessens

My Husband Acts Like He’s Single And This Is Hurting Our Marriage – What Can I Do?

I sometimes hear from wives who complain that their older husband is still acting like a young, single man. At first, this type of behavior might seem annoying but harmless. However, over time, it can start to become much more worrisome and it can make you wonder if there is something driving him to act this way or if it means anything for your marriage.

I heard from a wife who said: “my husband still acts like he’s a college frat boy and it used to drive me crazy but now I am absolutely at the end of my rope. We have two small kids and he is still driving around in a 2 seat convertible. He still doesn’t know what he wants to be when he grows up. He still needs to go out to bars with the boys. He apparently still needs to flirt with other women. And he thinks he’s entitled to a golf day every Sunday. The other day, we were at a restaurant with our kids and my husband ran into someone he knew. He went over to the other table and never even bothered to introduce me and the kids, almost as if he didn’t have a family. Why does he act this way? Is he ashamed of us? Is he not really committed to me? Why would a married man want to act as if he’s single? And what can I do about this?”

There are many reasons that married men act as if they are single. I will discuss some of the reasons below and offer some suggestions about how to deal with this.

Some Not So Innocent Reasons That Married Men Try To Act Single: There are some negative reasons that married men will try to give off the impression that they are single. Sometimes, they are looking to attract and see other women. Or, they want to give off the impression that they are more young, carefree, and unencumbered than they actually are. And, some men have checked out of their marriage and therefore they want to distance themselves from their wife or downplay their marriage as much as they possibly can.

Some Innocent Reasons That Married Men Want To Give Off The Impression That They Are Single: There are some men who have low levels of maturity and who are reluctant to grow up. This may not be indicative of their commitment to their family or their love to their wife, but they may have negative connotations of a boring, trapped married man and they don’t want these descriptions to apply to them. So even if they really are committed to their family, they may not want to give off that image because they are still invested as coming off as young, hip, and free. Typically, you would have seen this issue early on in your marriage, long before you had kids.

Which type of issue you are dealing with (and which of the above description is most applicable to your husband) will influence how you approach him. But it is important that you do approach him because this is an issue bigger than him appearing single. This issue encompasses respect, commitment, and important perceptions in your marriage.

How To Handle A Husband Who Acts Single: As I alluded to, if you suspect that your husband is appearing unmarried in order to be unfaithful, than your approach would not be the same as it would if he was acting unmarried because of his own immaturity or an unwillingness to grow up. Nonetheless, a suggested script might be something like: “sometimes, it seems to me that the perception you give off is one of a single guy. I don’t want you to feel as if you’re tried down and you don’t have any opportunities to have fun with your friends. I want for you to be happy and to feel excited about your life, but I would like for you to feel excited and proud about being part of our family. I would like for you to include us in your life more than you do. Because sometimes when you don’t, it makes me worry that you’re not really happy and committed to being part of our family. And when this happens, I worry about our marriage. I want a husband who is so proud to be married to me that he doesn’t mind everyone knowing that he’s already spoken for. I want a father for my children who wants to show them off rather than hiding them from every one. We are adults now. There is nothing wrong with being proud to be part of a family. I love you. I’m proud that you’re my husband and I want to show you off to every one that I know. When you don’t do the same, it hurts me and it makes me question you’re commitment to me. Are you willing to do better to give me more security? Because if you’re not, I’m really worried about our marriage. I’m not sure how you can have a healthy and secure marriage if one of the spouse’s refuses to acknowledge that he’s married. And it’s not giving our kids the father that they deserve. Will you commit to making this a priority?”

Make sure that you don’t sound accusatory or call him an immature, frat boy. But make it clear that something has to change and that he has to be the one to change it.

Source by Leslie Cane

How To Catch Any Fish – Fishing For Giant Trevally (Ulua) With Bait and Lures

Description

Giant Trevally (called “Ulua” in Hawaiian; “GT” in Australia) have been an obsession of mine since childhood. Growing up in Hawaii they were the ultimate near shore gamefish. They are the largest member of the Jack family and are the kings of the reefs where they live. You see them on bumper stickers a lot down there for whatever reason. However, despite several close encounters, I was not able to finally land one until age 34.

Giant Trevally live in tropical reefs throughout the Pacific and Indian Ocean. They are pure muscle and a very, very tough adversary even on heavy tackle. They typically charge out of the reef, grab your lure, and then charge back in and brick you in the rocks.

I had one trip to the Republic of the Marshall Islands where every single Giant Trevally I hooked broke me off in the rocks. I was only using 50lb braided line and that was not enough to land a single one, even ones that I could see were only in the 10lb range. I never underestimated them after that and do not fish for them with less than 100lb braid.

Giant Trevally top out around 200lbs but fish that size are nearly impossible to land on sportfishing tackle because there is almost no way to keep them out of the reef. The hook will bend, the line or rod will snap, or something will give before a fish that size will. Anything over 100lbs is a real trophy.

Tackle

If you are fishing for these using poppers or stickbaits, you need a very stout spinning or conventional setup capable of making long casts with these heavy lures. I would not go with less than 100lb braided line and a 200lb monofilament leader (poppers) or 100lb fluorocarbon leader (stickbaits). The only reel I would fish with is a Daiwa Saltiga. I would pair it with a high end rod from Japan made specifically for this type of fishing such as a Smith Komodo Dragon (poppers) or a Carpenter Coral Viper (stickbaits).

If you are fishing with bait from shore as is common in Hawaii most people use a conventional reel with a long rod for casting past the rocks. You need a reel that can hold a lot of line since you can’t chase the fish. I personally have not caught any this way.

Whatever tackle you use, make sure everything is in top condition. If there is any weakness in anything – hooks, split rings, lure, line, knots, rods, etc – you might as well not even both hooking them in the first place because the fight will be over immediately. Hyperwire split rings from Owner are a good choice when you need to use a split ring.

Techniques

Giant Trevally readily eat baits but are much, much more fun to catch on topwater lures.

Lures

Giant Trevally love large poppers such as those made by Heru, Halco, and many other manufacturers. You cast them as far as you can, and then retrieve them with long sweeps of the rod so that the poppers kick up a lot of water. You should vary your retrieve speed to figure out what they like. The strike is often dramatic as they launch out of the water in a shower of spray trying to annihilate your popper. As with all topwater lure fishing, you have to wait until you feel weight on the end of your line before setting the hook as the fish often miss the lure on the first try.

Giant Trevally also love stickbaits such as those made by Heru and Orion. You can use either surface or subsurface stickbaits; my preference is subsurface. With the subsurface stickbaits you can’t see the strike coming, so all of a sudden you just feel a violent yank as the fish tries to pull your arm out of its socket. When fishing over a reef you have to be careful that your expensive stickbait doesn’t sink into the rocks.

No matter how you fish for them, make sure you get a solid hookset. They often grab the lures in their mouths and hold them so tightly that the hooks don’t penetrate and then they just spit the lure out. Set the hook hard multiple times. To increase your chances, replace all treble hooks with heavy single hooks. They almost always grab the lure head first. You can get away with just a single hook suspended from the head although I like to add a hook at the rear to catch other species that might bite.

Baits

I never fish for them with bait but I know in Hawaii octopus and eels are popular baits to use from shore.

Where to get the big ones

The Great Barrier Reef and New Caledonia have some big ones that can be caught on poppers and stickbaits. Indonesia has some good GT fishing, as does Fiji and many of the remote Pacific atolls. I have also heard about some good GT fishing in Oman of all places.

Source by Dan Y Smith