Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Honest Kitchen: Trout

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I will get to how I got the trout in a little bit, but let's skip ahead to how to eat it!

I did not get photos of how we cleaned it, but it was literally three cuts; two angled from the front side fins towards the head to remove the head and one up the belly to remove the guts.  This is what it will look like.  Look at those spots!

Since I wanted to quickly cook this fish up, I didn't bother buying any lemons or trying to make it fancy.  I washed the fish down, and dredged it in some flour, salt and pepper, making sure to get both sides.

Then, melt some butter in a frying pan over medium heat.

Put that fish in there and cook it for 5-8 minutes on each side.  To be honest, I did not keep track of the time but watched for the color of the flesh to change from pink to more opaque and for the smell to start making my mouth water.

Since this was the first fish that I have ever caught and cooked, I let the fish cook a little longer than I thought I should have just to make sure that it was done.

It was also the first time I have ever de-boned a fish!  And I was successful in getting every one of those little buggers out before I ate the fish.  I didn't worry about making anything to go with it, I ate it straight off the bone with my fork. 

It was one of the easiest things that I have done and for someone who is just getting into fishing, it was surprisingly easy.  Maybe if it were a bigger fish, then I would have been in trouble, but this guy was fantastic!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sunrise on the Big Lake

I woke up very early on our first full day in Grand Lakes Stream ( I think it was because I knew that we were going to spend the day with Robin) but I snuck out of the cabin and onto the dock to take photos of the sunrise.  I have not doctored any of these photographs and they are in chronological order... it is just that spectacular!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Birds on the Big Lake

From the dock and our porch window, we could see all kinds of great bird sightings.  I wrote about the osprey here but wanted to share a few more pictures:

A pair of loons hanging out near the dock
Anyone know what kind of bird this is?

The nesting pair of osprey at sunrise

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Osprey's dinner

We were hanging out at the dock at Chet's Camps when we heard squawking and saw this osprey flying and swooping and seeming to taunting the two loons that were in front of us.  The osprey has what looked like bass in its talons.

Osprey landing with a fish in its talons
Looks like the osprey caught a bass