Fred serves the fish.

F – Fish Fry and Funnel Cake with Fred and the Family

A to Z Blogging Challenge F
A to Z Blogging Challenge F

I write stories of people stumbling through life and finding the things that make it all worthwhile: love, faith and hope. For me that also means family. Some of my people have large, crazy, overwhelming families, others are trying to gather some sort of family around them where there was none. For one of the characters I’m currently working with, he has three rescues dogs, he thinks he is just fine without people.

One thing everyone loves even the dogs is a Fish Fry!

At times dogs can make for the best family members. Pure Love
At times dogs can make for the best family members. Pure Love
At times dogs can make for the best family members
At times dogs can make for the best family members. Pure Love

With family comes family events. Yes, my stories always have some big family event. Holiday traditions are great to show off the worse and best!

So this Easter my sisters and I got together for a fabulous fish fry!  It was beyond delicious with a little Red fish, speckle trout and cat fish. Of course anytime you deep fry something it tends to work well for the taste buds. A few hand rolled hush puppies (in the south there is always a dog hanging out and acting if you haven’t feed them in three days)  You have to start with some good corn meal to coat the fish.

Ready to fry - Dip in milk, roll on Cornmeal, touch of flour mixed with sea-salt, ground pepper, onion powder and paprika.
Ready to fry – Dip in milk, roll on Cornmeal, touch of flour mixed with sea-salt, ground pepper, onion powder and paprika.

Got to make sure the oil is hot but not too hot.  You have to taste it before serving to make sure it is right.

Getting the deep fryer ready for the fish.
Getting the deep fryer ready for the fish.

Ready to Eat!!

Fred serves the fish.
Fred serves the fish.
Men cooking is always a little sexy
Men cooking is always a little sexy
Jackson likes the fish!
Jackson likes the fish!

If you have another fryer you can finish the fry fiesta with funnel cake. BUT you have to have clean oil!

Fishy Funnel Cake is not tasty

Funnel Cake- A favorite food
Funnel Cake- A favorite food

What is your favorite family tradition? Do y’all have a go to recipe that feeds everyone?

Favorite Fair Foods?

In April, I started with The Highlands Games, moved to King Williams Art and Craft Fair during Fiesta in San Antonio and visited the July Jubilee in Leakey Texas during well, July. Watching parades, walking through the booths of arts and craft, listening to local musicians all happens around the food. Smells of grilled burgers, fried bread and cotton candy. Since the beginning of humanity celebrations and festivals have always includes food venders.St. Raymond Catholic Church

 

 Food on a stick is believed to be one of the first tools used by humans! No matter how far we evolve some things never change. For hundreds of years we have put candied fruit on a stick. Credit for the fall favorite, candied apple on a stick goes to New Jersey.

Candied Apple
Candied Apple

The Texas State fair claims credit for the invention of the corn dog in the early 1940s, but The Minnesota State Fair says it is theirs.

Corn Dogs
Texas State fair Corn Dogs – fried bread wrapped around wiener

Either way it opened the flood gates to food on a stick.

Chicken on a stick
Chicken on a stick
Wrapped in bacon
Anything wrapped in bacon

Teddy Roosevelt’s quote, “Speak softly and carry a big stick…” comes to mind but I’m pretty sure he didn’t foresee the power of the stick when it came to carnival food. The stick became a perfect design for food vendors at every county and state fair. All the better if dipped in a fry bucket deep with hot grease.
Some of my favorites are served on greasy paper plates.

Funnel Cake!
Funnel Cake!

Wrapping your food of choice in a tortilla might be a Texas thing but it does the trick when it comes to walking and eating. German taco anyone? The strangest tortilla wrapped treat might be the crawsaugaes I saw at the July Jubilee in Leakey.

CrawLinks, Crawfish, Sausage wrapped in a tortilla.
CrawLinks, Crawfish, Sausage wrapped in a tortilla.

My all time favorite is green apple snow cones.

Green Apple Snow Cone. Perfect for a hot day.
Green Apple Snow Cone. Perfect for a hot day.

What about you? I’m sure I missed some great foods