Barb’s Beach House Foil Baked Salmon

Wow! I love salmon!

One of the really great perks about living in the Pacific Northwest is the abundance of fresh Salmon. I try to incorporate salmon into my diet at least once a week. Not only is it tasty, it is good for you, too. Barb’s Beach House Foil Baked Salmon is a combination of recipes I have picked up from others over the years. I enjoy this meal regularly when I stay at the Sea Anemone.

A little aside

When I was about 10 years old I lived in North Dakota with my family out in the country and away from any large city. The only fish I had ever eaten were the ones my grandpa caught out of the river, fried in butter. One day a traveler stopped at our farm selling fish. Large fish. He was selling wild caught salmon from Alaska. He brought out a specimen and I could not believe how giant that fish was compared to the ones my grandpa caught! My dad purchased a section and we had a salmon feast that I remember with clarity today.

I like eating salmon too much to have to wait for grilling season

Upon moving to Oregon at age 20 I was able to enjoy fresh caught ocean fish whenever I chose (or could afford). Over the years, I have had a love/hate experience with cooking fish at home. Salmon is really the only one I feel I have succeeded at. (Other than bouillabaisse, which I will blog about eventually). A friend slathers a salmon filet with mayonnaise and wraps in foil and throws it on the grill. I like eating salmon too much to have to wait for grilling season so I developed my recipe for baking in the oven. Of course, I love it grilled when the season is upon us.

Barb’s Beach House Foil Baked Salmon

Ingredients

2 lb *salmon steaks or fillet
1/2 cup butter
4 fresh lemons
4 cloves garlic, roughly sliced/diced
3 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup capers
Fresh parsley

aluminum foil

*Fresh salmon is available in season at Luna Sea Fish House in Yachats, Oregon.

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Pull out a hearty piece of aluminum foil, long enough to wrap entire salmon. Place foil into 8 X 10 pan and lay salmon on top of foil. Cut butter into slices and place along the length of the fish. You can use olive oil instead of butter – rub oil into salmon. Mix honey with juice of 2 fresh lemons and pour over the top of the salmon. Sprinkle cut up garlic evenly over the salmon. Or, you can use whole cloves and stuff into the soft flesh. Scatter capers around on top of the salmon. Sprinkle parsley generously over everything. Finally, slice 1 lemon and place lemon slices directly on top of the salmon. (You can also use lime instead of lemon).

Lightly fold foil over salmon and place in refrigerator to marinate for one hour. After 1 hour, fold foil tightly at the edges creating an enclosed package of the salmon. Be sure edges are crimped well so as to hold the steam inside as the fish cooks. Bake at 375 degrees for 35-45 minutes. Pull out of oven and open foil to check if the meat is done at the thickest part. Be careful opening foil as hot steam escapes. Salmon should flake and have no translucent appearance at the thickest part. Re-crimp foil and bake longer if necessary, taking care to not over-bake.

Enjoy!

Barb's Beach House Foil Baked Salmon

More easy recipes while on your beach vacation

Check out my blog for other healthy (or not) recipes that are easy to prepare and yummy to eat. There are many benefits to renting a beach house over a motel. Most importantly, you are in control of what you eat when you prepare your own meals while on vacation. Thus, you save money on food costs and you can save on calories if that is a concern for you.  Furthermore, the only screaming kids you have to listen to are your own.  A big plus is that you can enjoy your meal along with an ocean view when you stay at the Sea Anemone. Enjoy Barb’s  Beach House Foil Baked Salmon. Contact me if you would like to share a recipe on my blog.

Regards, Barbara at the Sea Anemone


I trust you will collect wonderful memories when you stay at the Sea Anemone as you visit and explore Yachats. Perfect for small families, a retreat with friends or a romantic getaway.

Our house, where memories begin…

 

 


Spring on the 804 Trail

Each season of the year in Yachats, Oregon brings a different kind of beauty. Spring on the 804 Trail in Yachats is exceptional. Wild flowers and flowering bushes burst into bloom along the trail and throughout wooded areas that border the trail.

Spring on the 804 Trail

Salal (Gaultheria shallon)

Dainty pink Salal blooms in spring give forth to berries as the seasons progress. The shiny leaves stay green all year and are a nice addition along the 804 trail.

Spring on the 804 Trail

Skunk Cabbage (Lysichiton americanum)

Skunk cabbage initially comes out of the ground in a pretty yellow spike. Yellow will eventually transform to stately white spathes with frilled green leaves closer to summer. The name does not do justice to this elegant plant.

Spring on the 804 Trail

Oregon Iris (Iris tenax)

Oregon Iris, dressed in slender grass-like leaves,  peeks out of spring greenery along the trail.

Spring on the 804 Trail

False Lily of the Valley (Malanthemum dilatatum)

False Lily of the Valley grows abundantly along the trail and throughout wooded borders. Traditionally, the roots and leaves were used medicinally by native inhabitants.

Spring on the 804 Trail

Heart shaped leaves of the False Lily of the Valley. Now days we enjoy views of soft greenery as these plants thrive in shaded areas along the trail and under Sitka spruce stands.

Spring on the 804 Trail

Nootka Rose (Rosa nutkana)

Nootka Rose bushes grow sporadically along the 804 Trail.

Spring on the 804 Trail

Contrasting yellow stamens against deep pink petals makes for interesting inspection.

Spring on the 804 Trail

Silver Leaf (Potentilla anserine)

Silver leaf/Silver Cinquefoil plants along the 804 Trail burst forth in spring with lovely yellow flowers. In Medieval times this plant was believed to ward off witches and evil spirits.

Spring on the 804 Trail

Coastal Strawberry (Fragaria chiloensis)

Coastal strawberries bloom a dainty white flower in spring. I wonder who snags those luscious summer berries before I get a chance? It is believed that migratory birds helped spread these plants from North America to Hawaii and South America. I guess that answers my question.

Spring on the 804 Trail

English Daisy (Bellis perennis)

Daisies are easy to spy as you walk the trail. The bright yellow eye is vivid against stark white petals. Daisies have provided medicinal value over the ages. Enjoy visually picking them out of the greenery as you wander the 804 Trail in spring.

Spring on the 804 Trail

Dainty ferns bring feelings of peace and tranquility as you wander through shaded areas along the trail. Ferns have been around for about 360 million years.  They carry a history of mythology and art for us humans.

Spring on the 804 Trail

Have you visited Yachats in the spring? You will be pleasantly rewarded with a little jaunt along the 804 Trail.

Oh, another plus to the 804 Trail – see if you can spot the world’s biggest ocean due west.

Tide pooling while the surf is out

 


Check out my vacation beach house that is just a short 2 minute walk to the 804 Trail. I trust you will collect wonderful memories when you stay at the Sea Anemone as you visit and explore Yachats. Perfect for small families, a retreat with friends or a romantic getaway.

Our house, where memories begin…

 

 


Mint Chocolate Shamrock Smoothie

Mint Chocolate Shamrock SmoothieTop o’ the morning to you

St Patrick’s Day is a cultural celebration that I partake in heartily. Well, I am of Irish ancestry so the call to revelry is in my genes. Even if Irish isn’t in your genes I think you still might enjoy this tasty Mint Chocolate Shamrock Smoothie recipe that I discovered last year. And, it is healthy. Healthy and delicious in the same sentence you ask? Give it a try and decide for yourself.

Credit for this recipe goes to Natalie at Feasting on Fruit. Below is my version with a few additives.

Ingredients

MINT LAYER

3 frozen bananas
1 large handful spinach
1/8 tsp mint extract
1 cup non-dairy milk (I used vanilla soy)

STRAWBERRY LAYER

2 frozen bananas
1 cup frozen cauliflower
4 oz lemon yogurt
4 to 6 frozen strawberries (slightly thawed)
2 tbsp protein powder
1 cup non-dairy milk

TO SERVE (OPTIONAL)

1/4 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup white chocolate chips
whipped cream
chocolate sprinkles to garnish

Instructions

  1. Melt the chocolate chips. Dip the rim of your jars/glasses into the melted chocolate and use a spoon to drizzle/drip more around the top. Coat the spoon in chocolate and shake it in the bottom of the jar to create the small chocolate splatters. Freeze for 5 minutes. Repeat with white chocolate.
  2. Blend each smoothie layer separately until very creamy.
  3. Layer into the decorated jars/glasses, with first layer filling about 1/3 the glass. Carefully add second layer. Top with whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles.
  4. Yum!

Mint Chocolate Shamrock Smoothie

An old Irish toast

May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rains fall soft upon your fields.

More easy recipes while on your beach vacation

Check out my blog for other healthy (or not) recipes that are easy to prepare and yummy to eat. Some benefits of renting a beach house while on vacation are saving time driving and waiting at restaurants, saving money on restaurant meals, saving calories and just enjoying cooking for yourself. Contact me if you would like to share a recipe on my blog.

Regards, Barbara at the Sea Anemone


I trust you will collect wonderful memories when you stay at the Sea Anemone  as you visit and explore Yachats. Perfect for small families, a retreat with friends or a romantic getaway.

Our house, where memories begin…


Beach House Maintenance at the Sea Anemone

Beach House Maintenance at the Sea Anemone

Living near the ocean has many benefits for us humans; physical health, mental health and emotional health. For the beach house structure it is, however, an ongoing project to keep environmental deterioration at bay. Ocean beach corrosion is a factor to contend with when you have a home near the ocean. That is why we schedule annual beach house maintenance at the Sea Anemone.

Airborne salt builds over time eventually damaging these surfaces

Beach House Maintenance at the Sea Anemone

Salt-laden mist blows in off the ocean and adheres to surfaces of homes, cars, patio furniture and other outdoor structures.  Airborne salt builds over time eventually damaging these surfaces. This process is called ocean beach corrosion. As owners, we want safety first for our family and guests. Secondly, we strive to keep our home attractive and well-kept. Below is a list of many of the maintenance and repair items we have undertaken within the last two years.

Scheduled exterior painting is required

First and foremost, scheduled exterior painting is required in order to protect the wood of a home. The Sea Anemone exterior was painted in 2016. We hired a licensed and bonded company and used quality paint. In the process of doing the work, the painter discovered the home had not been sealed in the past – so they sealed each board to help keep moisture and air from damaging the wood. We know we have to paint at least every 5 years to protect our home.

Beach House Maintenance at the Sea Anemone

Salty air also corrodes metal. We have replaced some locks with stainless interior mechanics, but any metal is subject to weather damage over time. In 2016 we replaced damaged wood and metal hinges on our outside stairway and workmen reinforced the pillars to make sure the structure is secure. The same workmen replaced the rusted metal parts from  the propane tank that connect to the gas fireplace inside the house. These decisions were made with user safety in mind.

We included LED lighting

Salty air corrodes metal lighting fixtures. In 2017 we replaced most outdoor metal lighting fixtures with quality warrantied plastic brands. We included LED lighting so we can trust that outside lighting comes on appropriately when a guest arrives after dark

Ocean beach corrosion affects our outdoor furniture, too. That is why we paint the wood every two years. Dirt in the salty air gets into cracks and knicks of the painted surface and causes the paint to continue to blister and peel. We replace metal nuts and bolts of our outdoor furniture with stainless steel when necessary. Winter wind and added rain damage is why we store our Adirondack chairs and BBQ inside for the winter.

Winter winds can damage shingles

Beach House Maintenance at the Sea Anemone

Wind damage is evident on our shingles. We replaced shingles on our shed in 2017. Shingle work is scheduled for 2018 on our beach house.

Inside maintenance is on-going for our beach house

Beach House Maintenance at the Sea Anemone

Additionally, inside maintenance is on-going for our beach house. Interior painting, light fixture replacements, new shower head, toilet replacement, regular cleaning of window sills from mildew and dirt accumulation, inside caulking of the shower, annual cleaning of the gas stove and regular replacement of linens and towels make up some of the things we do.

Beach House Maintenance at the Sea Anemone

It is important to us that our home be kept safe and clean for our family and guests. We strive each year to improve and maintain the Sea Anemone. Come visit us and see for yourself.


I trust you will collect wonderful memories when you stay at the Sea Anemone as you visit and explore Yachats. Perfect for small families, a retreat with friends or a romantic getaway.

Our house, where memories begin…

 


Beach House Quiche Lorraine

Beach House Quiche Lorraine

Breakfast or Brunch

One of my favorite breakfast meals is Quiche Lorraine. Well, actually any kind of quiche. There are so many variables that quiche makes a great choice for your beach house vacation. And, being on vacation means perhaps you sleep in a bit more than usual. In that case, quiche makes a nice choice for breakfast or brunch. Simply dress it up with veggies or chicken or other ingredients that make it more of a hearty meal. In this blog I provide the recipe for what I call Beach House Quiche Lorraine.

Who is Lorraine?

An Internet search gives variations as to the who and why of Lorraine. According to my search results, quiche originated in either Germany or France. The medieval region of Germany, Lothringen, eventually was renamed Lorraine, thus Quiche Lorraine. Otherwise, some claim quiche originated in France and is named after the region of Lorraine. I admit my research was brief because I don’t really care where it originated. I am just happy for the myriad recipes for this tasty dish.

Cooking while on a beach vacation

I like easy quick recipes when I am on vacation. My blog carries a growing list of recipes that I like and want to pass on to guests who stay at my Sea Anemone beach home. Being in the kitchen all day is not what one wants to do while on vacation, but, when you rent a beach house with a well-equipped kitchen it only makes sense to take advantage of the opportunity to cook some meals for yourself. Another benefit is that you don’t have to get dressed up to go out, plus, you get to enjoy your meal as you watch the waves from my cozy ocean view home.

My Quiche Recipe

I found my Quiche Lorraine recipe years ago while planning for a family reunion. It has become my staple contribution when breakfast is my assigned meal at this continuing tradition (on Saturday morning after some of us hearty revelers have stayed up far too late the night before). My standby source is allrecipes and this particular one is from someone named Laundrie. I call this recipe Beach House Quiche Lorraine. I list the original recipe with my choices in parenthesis.

Beach House Quiche Lorraine

Beach House Quiche Lorraine

Ingredients

1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch single crust pie
12 slices bacon (I use turkey bacon)
1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
1/3 cup minced onion
4 eggs, beaten
2 cups light cream (I use fat free half and half)
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon white sugar
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F
  2. Fry bacon over medium heat until crisp. Drain on paper towels, then chop coarsely. Sprinkle bacon, cheese and onion into pastry shell.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, cream, salt, sugar and cayenne pepper. Pour mixture into pastry shell.
  4. Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Reduce heat to 300 degrees F and bake an additional 30 minutes, or until a knife inserted 1 inch from edge comes out clean. Allow quiche to sit 10 minutes before cutting into wedges.

Fruit garnish makes the plate look spiffed and pretty when you serve. I always receive compliments from family and friends with this recipe.

More easy recipes while on your beach vacation

Check out my blog for other healthy (or not) recipes that are easy to prepare and yummy to eat. Some benefits of renting a beach house while on vacation are saving time driving and waiting at restaurants, saving money on restaurant meals, saving calories and just enjoying cooking for yourself. Contact me if you would like to share a recipe on my blog.

So, whether you are from medieval Lothringen in Germany  or from old Lorraine of France, I trust you will enjoy this version of Quiche Lorraine.

Regards, Barbara at the Sea Anemone


I trust you will collect wonderful memories when you stay at the Sea Anemone as you visit and explore Yachats. Perfect for small families, a retreat with friends or a romantic getaway.

Our house, where memories begin…