Heath McConnell

One Of The Burning Tribe, Musician, Photographer and Outdoors Dude

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Feta Salsa Recipe


I was making some carnitas tacos the other night and decided to make a complimentary salsa for them.  I decided to add feta to my base this time. I use a 2 cup Pyrex glass bowl, which is perfect for two people (a I eat most of it). The flavors went very well with the smoked Carnitas tacos. 

Ingredients:

  • Half of a small white onion, chopped
  • 1 large jalapeño, chopped (include seed for any kind of heat)
  • 1 roma tomato, chopped
  • Handful of chopped Cilantro 
  • Palm full of crumbled Feta cheese
  • 3 scallions (green onions), sliced thin. 
  • 1/4 – 1/2 lime, freshly squeezed 

Directions:

Mix all ingredients in bowl, squeeze lime juice all over mixture and let sit, covered,  for at least an hour or more before using. 

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Thai Spicy Noodles, Pork, And Seafood Salad

Source: Heath McConnell
Servings: 2 servings

Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 10 mins

Ingredients

100 grams glass noodles, dried 

100 grams ground pork, minced 

2 small squid, sliced into rings 

6-10 prawns, uncooked, peeled and deveined 

1 large shallot, sliced lengthwise 

handfull cilantro, chopped coarse 

1 cup chinese celery, cut into 1/2″ length pieces 

1 tomatoes, sliced 

2 tablespoons Asian fish sauce 

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 

1-1/2 teaspoon packed light brown sugar 

4 bird’s eye chilies-red, chopped 

1-1/2 teaspoon pickled garlic juice 

3/4 cup cashews (1/4 pound), crushed 

Notes / Directions

Soak the glass noodles in a bowl of water for 10 minutes, or follow directions. Drain, cut, set aside. 
Cook the pork in a pan of boiling water for 1-2 minutes until cooked, then drain and set aside. 

Cook the squid in a pan of boiling water for 2-3 minutes until cooked, then drain and set aside. 

Cook the prawns in a pan of boiling water for 1-2 minutes until the shrimp change color, then drain and set aside. 

To make the spicy sauce, mix the fish sauce, lime juice, sugar, chilies, and pickled garlic juice together in a bowl until the sugar has dissolved, set aside. 

Cook the noodles in a pan of boiling water for 1-2 minutes until soft and cooked. Drain and rinse in cold water and drain again. Transfer to a bowl, add shrimp (prawns), squid, pork, onion, cilantro, celery, tomato, and the sauce and mix well. Sprinkle with the cashews and serve. 

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Largemouth Bass and Noodles

Largemouth Bass And Noodles

Makes: 2 servings

Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 20 mins

Ingredients:

4 tablespoons fresh lime juice

3 tablespoons fish sauce

3 tablespoons brown sugar

1-2 pinches crushed red pepper

4 tablespoons olive oil

2 garlic cloves, minced

4 shallot, sliced fine

2 fillet largemouth Bass, decent size

2 eggs, lightly beaten

8 ounces rice noodles

1 cup bean sprouts

1 cup cashews

1 Jalapeño, peeled, seeded and chopped

1/2 to 1 cup mushrooms (flavors vary, so choose wisely!)

Notes / Directions

Mix lime juice, fish sauce, sugar, and crushed red pepper until sugar is dissolved. set aside.  

Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a wok over high heat. Add garlic, shallots, cashews, and fish chunks. Cook until fish if opaque. Add 2 lightly scrambled (pre-cooked) eggs.

Turn heat to low and add sauce then noodles. Toss until well mixed. Add bean sprouts. Toss well.  

Garnish with jalapeño, scallions, and cilantro.  

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Coconut Serrano Shrimp Sauce/Soup on Rice Noodle 


It’s a cross between a soup and a noodle dish, but definitely needs a bowl. 

It’s been FOREVER since I’ve made shrimp at home for the kids. Today I decided to make them some. 

Serves: 4

Time: 30min
Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of shrimp (I used 71/90), deveined and tails removed 
  • 1 Tbls chopped garlic
  • 2 Lrg green onions sliced (4 if regular size)
  • 2 Lrg Serrano Chilies, chopped (seeds included)
  • 1 Tbls Cilantro, chopped 
  • Dash of lime
  • Brown sugar (I used a palm size amount)
  • 1 Tbls butter
  • Rice noodles

Directions:

  • Boil enough water to cover noodles and soak them for 20 minutes. 
  • Sauté the garlic and shrimp
  • Add can of coconut milk, brown sugar, green onions, chilies and cilantro
  • Bring back to a boil and stir 1 minute
  • Place noodles in bowls and ladle shrimp and sauce over noodles 
  • Serve

This could make a wonderful soup with the shrimp and some crab added. Your choice. 
Enjoy. 

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What does love look like?

It’s amazing the awakening that trials can bring. I’ve been begging God to speak in my current situation, crying out to him every second of the day and this is what I have asked and his reply, via music, as is usually the case:

What does love look like?

Let Your fire burn consuming me,

Let Your jealous flame

Come take away everything!

Let Your fire burn consuming me,

Let Your jealous flame

Come write Your name upon my heart,

Until all that remains

Is the Light of Your countenance

And I will be satisfied when I awaken

As a lover of You!
“What does love look like?” is the question I’ve been pondering

“What does love look like?”

“What does love look like?” is the question I’ve been asking of You

I once believed that love was romance, just a chance
I even thought that love was for the lucky and the beautiful

I once believed that love was a momentary bliss

But love is more than this

All You ever wanted was my attention

All You ever wanted was love from me

All You ever wanted was my affections, to sit here at your feet

Then I sat down, a little frustrated and confused
If all of life comes down to love

Then love has to be more than sentiment

More than selfishness and selfish gain

And then I saw Him there, hanging on a tree, looking at me

I saw Him there, hanging on a tree, looking at me

He was looking at me, looking at Him, staring through me

I could not escape those beautiful eyes

And I began to weep and weep

He had arms wide open, a heart exposed
Arms wide open; He was bleeding, bleeding
Love’s definition, love’s definition was looking at me
Looking at Him, hanging on a tree

I began to weep and weep and weep and weep

This is how I know what love is, this is how I know What love is
And as I sat there weeping, crying
Those beautiful eyes, full of desire and love

He said to me, “You shall love Me, You shall love Me
You shall love Me, You shall love Me”

With arms wide open, a heart exposed
With arms wide open, bleeding, sometimes bleeding

If anybody’s looking for love in all the wrong places
If you’ve been searching for love, come to Me, come to Me

Take up your cross, deny yourself

Forget your father’s house and run, run with Me

You were made for abandonment, wholeheartedness

You were made for someone greater, someone bigger, so Follow Me

And You’ll come alive when you learn to die

(Lyrics by Misty Edwards)

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Because love loves to love and the reward of love is love

What would a man give for love If a man gave for love all the wealth of his house

He would utterly dispise the recognition

If a man gave all that he had for love

He would count it all as nothing in the end

Because love loves to love and the reward of love is love
-Misty Edwards
I love to love, it’s who I am, it consumes me to the core…

Love for the reward of loving!

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Jumping Spider

 I saw something the size of a rhino, out of the corner of my eye, on my Jade plant…it turned out to be this dude.  

For reference, the leaf the spider is standing on is the size of my thumb.  Every time I went to press the shutter, he would act like he was going to jump on me.  

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Portland Union Station

  

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Bacon wrapped Jalapeño Poppers Recipe

  
  I came home hungry the other night and needed to make something fairly quick before heading out to a movie. I looked in the fridge and found seven jalapeños. I decided I was going to try my hand at making jalapeño poppers! 

I pulled the jalapeños out and looked for some cream cheese and other usual ingredients. I found none. So, with the clock ticking, I grabbed some jalapeño Feta (I bought a 5 pound bag last week), some pre-grated Cotija cheese, and the remains of a block of cheddar cheese.  

  • First, I preheat the oven to 400.
  • I then cut the jalapeños in half, lengthwise, and spooned out the ribs and seeds. 
  • I put equal parts of the three cheeses in a glass bowl and slowly heated to just before melting. 
  • Take a spoon and mix the cheeses together. It turned into a ball that resembled really soft dough. 
  • Fill each jalapeño halve with the cheese mixture. 

At this point, when I went to put the cheeses back in the fridge, I noticed some thick-sliced bacon. Yum!!! I decided to wrap them. 

  • I took pieces of bacon, cut them in thirds, and used each piece to wrap a jalapeño. 
  • Next, place a wire rack over the top of a 9×13 backing pan (to catch the bacon drippings) and put in the oven until the bacon is crispy. 
  • Let cool and serve. 

I love chilies! There are so many types of chilies, all with different flavors and different levels of heat. Experiment with other types and see what you come up with. 

  

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    New Worldwide Single Release of You Are Beautiful (Live)

    I have just released a new single worldwide! You Are Beautiful (Live), is a spontaneous song that came under an incredible atmosphere of God’s presence in the room. There was a long stretch of silence after this where all were in a state of awe of Him, face down.
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