Wooly Owls and Asian Style Cod Filets

In my previous post about our little vacation on the Mendocino Coast, I left out a gander we took through a  children’s store in Fort Bragg.

It had most of the usual games, costumes and toys, except for a basket at the front filled with these adorable knitted and crocheted owls.

Back in the old country, we believe that hooting owls are bringing news of good fortune to those who hear them. J and I have several reasons for loving owls. The strongest ‘sign’ for me was hearing an owl hoot outside my bedroom window (a very unusual occurrence) just a week of so before he and I met.

We’ve given each other owl gifts in many shapes and forms. For a long time he called me his wise owl. 🙂 Only love could make someone think that of you!

So needless to say, we both got a kick out of these knit owls, and I think this fall I’ll be knitting a couple as Christmas gifts (if I can stand to give them away)!

These are a tiny sample of our Owl friends, scattered around our room.





A couple of days ago I decided to experiment with another Cod recipe. I had shiitake mushrooms, fresh ginger and parsley, so I decided to go with Asian flavors.

Here is the recipe.

Asian Style Shiitake Cod Filets

  • 2 tsp. extra virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 organic Red Onion, chopped large
  • 1 2-inch piece of fresh organic Ginger, chopped
  • 1-1/2 c. organic Shiitake mushrooms, chopped
  • 3 Tbs. organic Parsley, chopped
  • 2 cloves organic Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Black Pepper
  • 2 Tbs. organic Tamari Sauce
  • 1 packet Stevia
  • 8 oz. Wild Caught Cod Filets, cut into 2-inch squares
  • 1/2 tsp. Hot Smoked Spanish Paprika (opt.)

Pour oil into a large skillet, and place over medium heat for 1 minute.  Add onions and ginger, and cook until onions are translucent.

Add mushrooms and parsley, and cook another 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Toss in garlic, Tamari, stevia and spices and cook 2 minutes more.

Add filets, cover and cook for 2-3 minutes. Lift cover, turn filets over and sprinkle each with a little of the paprika. Cook another minute or two, and remove from heat.

Serve hot over Coconut wild and brown rice medley, or bean noodles.

Don’t forget to brew a cup of Dragonwell tea to enjoy with this meal.

~ Cheers!





6 thoughts on “Wooly Owls and Asian Style Cod Filets

  1. I loved your owl story! My parents have owls living on their land, and we are fortunate enough to not only hear them often, but see them fly over, and even be able to see the babies’ heads peeking out of nests. Even with having more exposure to them recently, they never cease to be magical creatures in my mind! Love your collection, makes me want one too, hehe.

    1. How Lucky! I’d LOVE to see a baby owl! But then I’d want to steal it away and let it loose in my house 🙂 If I keep my hands in my pockets, can I go with you?! 😀

      1. If you were closer, I would show you! Hehe, we had to use a scope to see it. They were actually in a nest that was built by Blue Herons, so it way up off the ground kind of in a wetland area. I don’t know what they are doing now, it was early summer last time I peeked.

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