Miso Glazed Sea Bass

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Something special happened to me yesterday. My local grocery store had sea bass. It doesn’t happen often, I usually have to go to more of a specialty grocer to get this type of thing. But I bought it, I had to. And my absolute favorite way to have sea bass is miso glazed. This glaze give the already rich tasting fish a buttery, creamy and yet crispy glaze that is absolutely to die for. I have used this glaze on just about every type of fish and miso glazed salmon is a regular meal for us, but it is a special treat to have miso glazed sea bass. This recipe will work for just about any type of fish though, I do actually recommend trying it on salmon as well.Miso Glazed Sea Bass | Glitter It Gold

One trick I use to make sure I can quickly throw together these types of things is that I always keep grated ginger in a baggy in the freezer. Peeling and grating ginger can be a pain, but I do it in a big batch so I always have it on hand. Just peel, your ginger, pulse it in a food processor a few times until finely minced. Spread it out onto a sheet pan and freeze for 2 hours before transferring to a freezer bag. Freezing first on a sheet pan ensures that you  don’t get stuck with one giant ball of ginger that would be difficult to measure out and use.

This time I made it I served it with forbidden rice and sesame and lemon roasted bok choy. The fish is really rich and buttery so I like serving it with citrusy veg to balance it out, and I love the texture of forbidden rice too but wild rice would work just as well.

I use miso a lot in my cooking (see Miso Butter Roasted Butternut SquashMushroom Miso Soup with Soba Noodles and Animal Fries- Green Goddess Style). Don’t be intimidated by it. Just buy a mild yellow or white miso, Trader Joes has a great one for those just trying miso for the first time. You can also try this organic one from Amzon Marukome Organic Reduced Sodium Miso, or this one because it is a smaller size Muso Light Sweet Miso, 5.2 Ounce
As you develop a taste for it then you should definitely try out brown and red misos with a more intense flavor profile. I will definitely be sharing more miso recipes, so you should get some now 🙂

This seriously comes out restaurant status, like I don’t like to toot my own horn, but this is one killer recipe. Ask my husband. He’ll agree. And the best part is it’s SO EASY!



Miso Glazed Sea Bass
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This easy miso, garlic, ginger, soy, and sesame glaze sweetened with honey leaves a rich, buttery, and crispy umami crust on sea bass.
Servings Prep Time
2 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Miso Glazed Sea Bass
Print Recipe
This easy miso, garlic, ginger, soy, and sesame glaze sweetened with honey leaves a rich, buttery, and crispy umami crust on sea bass.
Servings Prep Time
2 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Mix all ingredients together (except the fish). Pour over fish in a ziplock bag, squeeze out air and make sure fish is completely coated. Refrigerate overnight (or at least 30 minutes)
  3. Heat canola or vegetable oil over high heat in a heavy bottomed skillet. Once oil is shimmering, sear each side of the fish for no more than 1 minute, until a crust begins to form.
  4. Move to a sheet pan lined with foil and bake for 15-20 minutes depending on the thickness of the fish.
  5. While fish is in the oven, pour the extra marinade into a pot and heat to a boil, reduce to a simmer then reduce until a thick glaze forms. Baste it onto fish halfway through cooking, serve extra sauce on the side.
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Iced Green Tea with Tangerine Syrup

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These random sunny warm days are making me want to sit on the back porch with a tall glass of iced tea and listen to the birds chip. That sounds really southern, but also pretty heavenly. Today was such a day and we (me and my dog who is kennel bound for his recovery from knee surgery) thoroughly enjoyed getting some vitamin D. And since my grandma sent over a big bag of tangerines I had the idea to make tangerine syrup.

Iced Green Tea with Tangerine Syrup | Glitter It Gold

This tangerine syrup would be excellent in tea, or in a mojito or margarita. I made a small batch, but this recipe could easily be doubled or tripled for larger batches. Store them in airtight jars in the fridge. If you use this syrup in anything other than tea please share with me!Iced Green Tea with Tangerine Syrup | Glitter It Gold

First you need to make a simple syrup. Boil equal parts sugar and water until combined, add some lemon zest and tangerine juice and reduce by half. Strain it, cool, and viola!Iced Green Tea with Tangerine Syrup | Glitter It Gold

I made this tea with the Kirkland Ito En Matcha Blend Japanese Green Tea I have talked about before because it can be cold brewed in about 3 minutes. That means this iced tea comes together super fast, no waiting for water to boil or tea to cool, and no watered down tea because you added ice before the tea was cool enough. If you use a different type of tea or choose to brew it in hot water make sure it cools completly before icing so you don’t end up with weak tea. Alternatively you could make it extra concentrated so that the melted ice brings it to the normal strength. The tangerine syrup would be good in any kind of iced tea though, black, white, red…. be creative. I think I will try it in black tea next time, or maybe even a blend of black and green. Hmmmm…..

Iced Green Tea with Tangerine Syrup | Glitter It Gold

Iced Green Tea with Tangerine Syrup | Glitter It Gold
Iced Green Tea with Tangerine Syrup
Print Recipe
A cool and refreshing iced matcha blend green tea sweetened with a tangy tangerine syrup.
Servings Prep Time
6 oz 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 oz 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Iced Green Tea with Tangerine Syrup | Glitter It Gold
Iced Green Tea with Tangerine Syrup
Print Recipe
A cool and refreshing iced matcha blend green tea sweetened with a tangy tangerine syrup.
Servings Prep Time
6 oz 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 oz 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: oz
Instructions
  1. Place all the ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for about 5 minutes until it is reduced by half.
  2. Add 2 TBS of tangerine syrup to each 8 oz glass of iced tea, stir, add ice and enjoy.
  3. Cool the extra syrup before storing in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
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You Melt My Heart- Valentine’s Day craft

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It’s almost Valentine’s Day! Do you have plans? Do you celebrate it? Do you hate it? Or are you like me and think you kinda want to celebrate but kinda don’t because you know that deep down you would be disappointed at the result, not because your SO didn’t spoil you or that you are unhappy, I just think that this day is so hyped up and we all have such unrealistic expectations for it that we set ourselves up for disappointment.You Melt My Heart- Valentine's Day Beth Melts | Glitter It Gold

I do think however that Valentine’s Day is a great time to tell people you love them, in a non-romantic way. Like your friends and coworkers and siblings. How often do we tell them that they are loved and appreciated? If you’re like me then you probably don’t tell them enough. So this Valentine’s Day I decided to do something for them, but not candy or flowers, that’s too cliche. I made bath melts. For the ladies to use before their big date, or for the men to give to their wives/girlfriends/mothers to use. Does everyone love bathes as much as I do? I’m so bummed that with the drought happening we can’t afford to take bathes as often and risk going over out water allotment. But indulging in one on special occasions makes them seem that much more indulgent.You Melt My Heart- Valentine's Day Beth Melts | Glitter It Gold

These bath melts are pretty easy to make and you could easily swap out the essential oil for a different scent if you wanted. Lavender would be lovely for a bath, I just thought that lavender bath before a Valentine’s Day date seemed counter intuitive if you know what I mean. You could also use a Alea salt or Epsom salt instead of the Dead Sea salt if you don’t already have it. I bought the butters and the salt at Mountain Rose Herbs, it is a brand and company I love and trust. I have also used NOW brand for a few other products and while I haven’t used NOW Foods Shea Butter or NOW Foods Cocoa Butter from them, both have excellent reviews on Amazon. I used this mold exactly.You Melt My Heart- Valentine's Day Beth Melts | Glitter It Gold

Instructions

  • 1/2 c shea butter
  • 1/2 c cocoa butter
  • 2 TBS coconut oil
  • silicon mold (smaller is better)
  • 30 drops of essential oil of choice (I used JOY by Young Living)
  • 8 tsp Dead Sea Salt
  • 2-3 TBS Rosehip Tea, dried rose petals, or lavender
  1. Melt the shea butter, cocoa butter, and coconut oil in a double boiler until melted. Remove from heat and stir in the essential oil
  2. Sprinkle salt and petals evenly into the bottom of each mold
  3. Fill each mold with melted mixture.
  4. Freeze for 30 minutes or refrigerate for 3 hours before removing from the molds.

I had about 2 TBS left that wouldn’t fit in a mold so I poured it into a Silicon cupcake mold and used it later that night in my bath and my skin was silky smooth afterwards.

Enjoy!!!

 

 

Strawberry Rhubarb Frozen Yogurt

I did a terrible (read “wonderful”) thing. I bought myself an ice cream maker. (This Cuisinart one.) We are trying to eat healthier though so I have been making more frozen yogurt than ice cream. It couldn’t be easier. I even have a hard time calling this a recipe. Ready for it? Dump two 8oz container of Noosa yogurt into your frozen ice cream maker container, turn it on, walk away for 20 minutes, then come back to some bomb froyo.Strawberry Rhubarb Frozen Yogurt | Glitter It Gold

And the coolest thing about this frozen yogurt is it IS healthy, so much so that I just ate it for breakfast and I don’t feel bad one little bit. I even put sprinkles on it to make it feel even more indulgent, because that’s what you do when your husband wakes you up at 5am on Sunday morning while getting ready to go golfing- you pout, and indulge in froyo for breakfast.

Strawberry Rhubarb Frozen Yogurt | Glitter It Gold

I used Noosa yogurt for this recipe. I have not tried other brands, but I will let you know when I have another good recipe. Try ALL the flavors. Next time I will do half blueberry and half lemon and top with granola for a blueberry muffin feel. You dig?

Strawberry Rhubarb Frozen Yogurt
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Servings Prep Time
2 5 minutes
Passive Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 5 minutes
Passive Time
20 minutes
Strawberry Rhubarb Frozen Yogurt
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
2 5 minutes
Passive Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 5 minutes
Passive Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Stir the contents of the two containers of yogurt and pour into the frozen bowl of the ice cream maker (should be frozen over night). Turn on the ice cream maker to churn for about 20 minutes, or until the yogurt is frozen. Scoop out and serve immediately for a softer ice cream. For firmer ice cream freeze for 2 hours, let sit on the counter for 10 minutes before scooping and serving.
Recipe Notes

Top with granola, sprinkles, nuts, jam, whatever you might usually put on ice cream or yogurt.

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Rooibos Tea- National Hot Tea Month

Ooops! Somehow this didn’t get shared when it was supposed to (back in January). Better late than never?

In celebration of National Hot Tea month I am sharing with you all of my favorite teas, from types and brands, to ways to prepare and enjoy them. Today I am sharing a tea that has been a long time favorite of mine- rooibos. Rooibos is a red herbal tea, it is caffeine free and has a delicate and slightly sweet flavor. It is rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, and is even given to infants in many countries. Rooibos is said to have a long list of health benefits as listed below.

  • Is an anti-inflammatory due to it’s flavenoids
  • Aids in hypertension relief
  • Increases airflow to to the lungs
  • Supports bone and teeth health
  • Aids digestion and reduces pain and inflammation in the digestive tract
  • Improves skin conditions such as acne and has anti-aging properties from alpha hydroxy
  • Prevents Type II diabetes
  • Aids in stress relief by reducing the presence of cortisol, the stress hormone
  • Improves blood circulation

It’s quite a long list, and although we can’t be sure exactly how much it actually does these things, it definitely doesn’t hurt as a positive side effect of enjoying a delicious cup of tea.

Rooibos is often called redbush tea because in the Afrikaans language, “rooibos” means red bush, and the tea was originally grown and prepared in South Africa as an herbal remedy. It wasn’t until the 1960’s that the tea grew in popularity. Before that time it was difficult to get and was very expensive. Now the tea is enjoyed all over the world both for it’s health benefits and for it’s unique and wonderful flavor.Vanilla Rooibos Tea | Glitter It Gold

The Chocolate Chai tea I shared in my last post featured a version of rooibos tea called honeybush. The Vanilla Rooibos pictured in this post is finer and more delicate than the honeybush, which appears almost like little pieces of bark or twigs. They have a very similar flavor. The vanilla rooibos requires a very fine mesh strainer or filter, like a paper tea bag pictured below to prevent the tiny pieces from getting out and floating in the tea. The honeybush can be made with any tea strainer or filter. I got my filters from Sur La Table, but I have found a less expensive option at Mountain Rose Herbs where I buy most of my tea.Vanilla Rooibos Tea | Glitter It Gold

If you need to try this tea without committing to buying a whole box/bag of the tea, Starbucks and The Coffee Bean both offer a Vanilla Rooibos tea. I recommend, however, buying the tea in loose leaf form from somewhere like Teavana or Mountain Rose Herbs. The Rooibos Tropica blend in the Teavana link above is delicious iced.

Steep tea for 4 minutes. Remember that if you are making a tea latte, you will need to steep the tea in water for at least 3-4 minutes before adding the steamed milk as tea does not steep well in milk and you may loose concentration of flavor by adding the milk too soon.

Have you tried rooibos tea? What is your favorite blend/flavor?