Gov. Palin Shares Recipes, Photos After Fishing Trip
Posted by Dr. Fay on July 3, 2013
Posted on Governor Palin’s Facebook page tonight:
It Takes a Village… to Slay a Salmon———————–
The beauty of catching some of our Alaskan species with fins is the amount of meat harvested with each fish. Rod and reeling red salmon, or, my favorite, a big (or even not so big) halibut ensures you’ve got a few dinners taken care of even when feeding a bunch of people.
We had a blast hauling in halibut in Homer a few days ago, despite the cold rain and queasy waves for which Cook Inlet is notorious. Todd flew his Cessna 185 alongside the Inlet, then on to Pedro Bay, then the next day we drove the scenic Seward Highway to Anchor Point’s salt water, also part of Cook Inlet. The kids and their friends have gone back and forth between work schedules to different fishing grounds this summer, and they’re helping fill the freezer with organic protein for winter! It’s the best. I especially love the halibut, and for weaklings like me, it takes a few of us working together to hike the heavy white meat over the railing to gaff and club it. Then tradition calls for a whole group to sit around a bonfire once ashore to watch one pro (that wouldn’t be me) do all the filleting while we eat.
Even more fun than the catch is having the crowd in the kitchen try different ways to cook it. The goal on the water may be to catch the big one, like an 80 lb. king or a “barn door” halibut, but IMHO the best eating is a smaller halibut pulled fresh out of the water and dipped right into the beer batter.
It doesn’t really take a village to catch a fish. But it’s fun to have one to eat it up. Here’s how the girls and their friends cooked this weekend’s fish, and I invite you to try this perfect recipe for wild rhubarb pie as an accompaniment. We stayed in a cabin on the Inlet with an old abandoned garden out back, and even without any horticultural care the perennial bushels of rhubarb never seem to go away. So I hacked stalks of this tart leafy plant to feed our village… er, the crew… in Wasilla. I used my mother-in-law’s simple, delicious pie crust recipe (see below) and tried a rhubarb filling recipe I found on the internet. It was heavenly. Piper put together a collage to show you some before and after shots of the outings, along with a few randoms (see below).
Something different but still maybe par-for-the-course for us: Bristol took her paycheck from starring in a recent episode of “Celebrity Wife Swap” (She and Willow had a ball working with Joan and Melissa Rivers on the episode! Really!) and bought a pontoon. (You can spot it festooned with a big bright American flag in the background of one of Piper’s collages.) So we finally felt like tourists out on our lake putzing around – no gill nets, cork lines, lead lines, chaos – just floatin’ in slow motion. All we’re missing is the heat! I’m glad our girls are learning mechanical skills and a general knowledge of “how stuff works” with their acquiring of various pieces of equipment and large used toys for their Alaskan lifestyle. I respect the hardcore, real world skills needed to keep things running.
Enough sport fishing for now though, or as Todd says,”Enough playing with our food,” because our commercial fishing season soon peaks. The guys have headed over to Bristol Bay to slay salmon at our sites while I stay back awhile to get Piper to basketball camps, do some work for FOX, finish my Christmas book, then travel Outside for various events.
Have a great pre-Independence Day week. Take time to appreciate the bounty we’re blessed with on God’s green earth. I encourage you to get outdoors, breathe it all in, and be thankful!
Here are some of the photos she shared: