Our Keys Menu

Something about the sunshine, fresh air, fresh food, and long stay in one spot made me get a little more ambitious than usual. On our menu:

  • Townes’s Fried Sea Trout (this was the kids’ preferred method): cut fish down to bite-sized pieces. Coat, in this order, with: flour, egg, and bread crumbs with salt and pepper. Pan fry in oil outside on camping stove.
  • Townes’s Baked Sea Trout: layer full fish filets in foil with slices of limes and red onion. For some butter throughout and then pour over the pile of fish a mixture of oil, lime juice, and cilantro. Wrap up foil and bake in oven (325 degrees for 30-45 minutes depending on amount of fish and if you are cooking in an RV oven).
  • Serve both styles of fish with a Caribbean-inspired green rice. Make a cilantro/garlic paste in your new RV-approved mini Cuisinart by putting a half cup of cilantro and some garlic (and parsley, mint, and/or chili’s if you have them). Chop and soften an onion in oil. Add half the cilantro paste for a few minutes. Add rice (4 cups) and some butter and a bay leaf. Sauté a bit and then add 6 cups of water. From here, either bake or simmer until rice is cooked. Add some red wine vinegar (the best part IMO), some olive oil, and the rest of the cilantro paste.
  • Quick guacamole (no tomatoes in this case!): chop and combine red onion, cilantro, and lime juice (and jalapeño if you got it and want it). Add cubed avocado (or smashed if you prefer it) and stir, adding salt and tasting as you go.
  • Sourdough bread: Recipe from a Flamingo campground friend.
  • Filipino Adobo: Recipe from a Grayton Beach campground friend but you essentially marinate some meat in sugar, soy sauce, and vinegar and slow cook it in its own sauce. Also great with green rice!
  • Chocolate Chip Banana Bread: My kids fly through bananas. I dared them to leave me three and if they could, I’d make them banana bread. They did it…two weeks in a row.
  • Joe continues to bring it with his biscuits and scones.
  • And we do love to grill up some beef or chicken with peppers and onions on a campground pit for fajitas.
  • Lastly you know those perfectly curated photos of a big platter of food? My kids would go totally bonkers hangry while I laid it all out. And then it would be gone before I could take a picture. So instead, I’m including a picture of our favorite lunch – charcuterie spread with salami, leftover pepperoni, cheese, sourdough bread, carrots, peanut butter, nuts, fruit, and whatever else we’ve got to throw in. But the picture is a bunch of ripped open packages…nothing terribly picture worthy, but satisfying nonetheless.

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