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Broiled Lemon Salmon (and an Eagle Sighting?)

I think I might become a bird watcher.  First we find some baby blue jays in my backyard, and today I believe we witnessed not one but two bald eagles just totally hangin’ outside our front deck.  They were kind enough to wait around for me to locate my camera, change the lens, and get situated before taking off in flight.

Gorgeous, eh?

So are these bald eagles?  Bird experts out there, let me know.  They were huge!

And in other fantastical news, Tharrie (Fritz’s mom) made the best salmon I’ve probably ever had.  It was super easy, very low maintenance, and tasted absolutely fantastic–crunchy outer crust, and perfect flaky moist fish on the inside.

And I’m here to impart that magic to you guys.  And in true vacation-style, I’m only estimating the ingredients–if that.  Mostly just giving you another idea.

Tharrie’s Broiled Lemon Salmon

  • salmon fillet, no skin
  • generous sprinkle of salt and pepper
  • liberal drizzle of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3-4 T olive oil
  • herbs–I’d suggest rosemary, or oregano, or any seasoning packet that might work with seafood. 

Again, she just dashed the ingredients on as inspiration struck.  Let the photos lead you, but let the fresh taste of perfectly baked fish be the star of this dish.  Don’t go crazy with the herbs.

Preheat the broiler on the oven, and adjust the oven rack to a high level.  Our fish was only a few inches from the broiler.

On a foil-lined tray, drizzle several tablespoons of olive oil over the surface and gently lay the fish on top.  Drizzle with another tablespoon of olive oil, and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and herbs.  Squeeze the lemon generously over the top, and place in the broiler for 15-20 minutes (check it frequently, and baste with the olive oil several times to prevent burning).

That’s it!  You won’t believe how amazing this fish will turn out.  The crisp, buttery crust, followed by tender and flaky fish.  A dream come true.

She also threw some onions on the tray to broil alongside the fish.  Yes.

For dessert?  Fresh fruit from several of BC’s highly recommended fruit stands.  Who knew that Canadian cherries were something to be so highly regarded?

Nothing like fresh cherries to satisfy your sweet tooth.  Especially with some fresh picked (err…bought) chocolate and brandy sauce.

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A Blue Jay Kind of Morning

So, as we were sitting down to eat breakfast (I made Fritz french toast in the world-renowned style of my dad, by the way), we noticed something unusual.   Henry hadn’t moved from his post at the window all morning.

Not only that, but he was…chirping.  It was weird.

After a few minutes of casual observation, we noticed that four blue jays were storming our deck and yelling at Henry.  No, really.

They took turns sharing their true feelings.  Loudly.

Our downstairs neighbor also texted us to tell us that the jays had also dive-bombed her little dog as he meandered outside to relieve himself.

My first and only thought–must run outside to find baby birds!  Fritz quickly followed with my new telephoto lens.

Man, I love that guy.

Sure enough, two baby blue jays had fallen from their nest and were apparently planning on taking temporary residence by our pool.  Whatever jays weren’t occupied with screening the neighborhood for imminent danger were busy with frequent feedings.

So cute!

The babies spent the morning slowly wandering from one end of the pool to the other, stretching, eating, cheeping, and basically being totally adorable.

Fritz was worried that they would get eaten by the dogs that visited with our landlord or run over by a lawnmower or fall into the pool.  I was nervous that their parents/aunts/uncles/nosy blue jay neighbors would get sick and tired of so many obnoxious humans with telephoto lenses hangin’ around that they’d just abandon their babies (don’t worry, I stayed pretty far away).

We clearly underestimated the vigilance of the blue jay.

Constant vigilance!

Name that movie and I will give you…my undying love.

Henry eventually got tired of defending his throne and wandered off to find some other important things to do.  It appears that this mostly involved sleeping.

I hope that you got to see something beautiful and out of the ordinary today!

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