Domesticated Bliss

Hey. So this whole posting once a week thing was a big LOL, cuz when was the last time I updated this? I don’t even know.

What I do know is, once work hits me, it’s all I can do at the end of the day to muster up the energy to not sleep in my jeans let alone write. Not to mention, cooking meals in a hotel room ain’t happening either, so my food intake mostly consists of catering at work, or whatever’s being served at the closest restaurant, washed down with something crisp and cold and made of champagne.  It’s no secret that I love restaurants, especially when I’m lucky enough to be working in New York City and able to eat at those restaurants, but the whiny ungrateful actress in me just really wishes for a home cooked meal that I can eat in my sweatpants with very little makeup (notice how I didn’t say makeup-free: I’m not dead, gang.)

Hold the phone while I go on a musing about the constant search for balance when you’re a working mom and wife: I love my job. I crave it. It’s an addictive little drug that has me hooked, and no matter how unpredictable or how stressful or how exhilaratingly messy it can be, I adore what I do and feel super lucky to say so. But this whole having a kid and loving husband thing has really thrown a wrench into the mix.  Because I just miss those guys a lot when I have to be away.  Shockingly (seriously have a seat), it turns out I equally adore being domestic, cleaning up spills on high chairs, grocery shopping, and fighting with my son about putting on pants. There’s a kind of peacefulness to routine and it turns out that I really, really like it.

*cue my former stiletto-strutting, bar-hopping, Bloomingdales membership-sporting self turning over in her grave*

So now that I am home, however briefly, I’ll share another one of our favourite meals that makes me happy to be domesticated. Especially because it’s halibut (my fave), it’s fast, and it’s good for you. Our nightly routine consists of chasing after a toddler and getting him in the tub and into bed, so once that circus is over, it’s important for dinner to be simple. You can have this cooked and ready to go before the time it would take for delivery to get to you, plus it won’t make you feel like shit. Yay to not feeling like shit!

Super Simple Halibut Tacos



8 oz halibut fillet, skin and bones removed

4 corn tortillas

half of a small head of purple cabbage

1 avocado

2 limes

2 tbsp plain yogurt (go full fat, life is short)

1/2 cup grated monterey jack cheese

a dash of paprika

a dash of cayenne pepper

a squirt of honey

2 tbsp unsalted butter

salt and pepper



Make your slaw. Thinly slice the cabbage into shreds. Add it to a bowl with the yogurt, honey, a dash of cayenne, the juice of half a lime, and salt and pepper. Mix well and let it sit and absorb the dressing.

Take the avocado out of the skin and give it a rough dice. Add it to a bowl with the juice of a whole lime and a good pinch of salt.  Give it a rough stir with a fork but let some of the pieces stay whole for some texture.

My favourite way to cook halibut is in a pan with butter and a squeeze of citrus at the end. Season the halibut with salt, pepper, and paprika. Heat a pan over medium-high heat and add the butter. Once it foams, add the halibut. Cook for 6 minutes and then flip it, cooking for another 2-3 minutes depending on the thickness. My pet peeve is overcooked halibut. I had a friend staying with me who cooked it within an inch of its life and I almost killed her, so please do not do that. It needs to be moist in the centre, so do not overcook it. Squeeze the remaining half of a lime over it and take it out of the pan to a cutting board.

Heat your tortillas. My favourite way of doing this is putting them on a plate and draping a damp paper towel over the top and nuking them in the microwave for 30 seconds.

Shred the halibut carefully into chunks with a fork. Top the tortilla with some halibut, a sprinkling of cheese, some slaw, and some avocado. Devour. Have another one. Enjoy your life.


19 Comments Add yours

  1. richard willey says:

    Any really good meals in NYC yet? Red Rooster, Pok Pok, and Mission Chinese are well worth a detour…

  2. Bret says:

    Hope you choose Alaskan Halibut.
    (Alaskan halibut draws a “best choice” rating from Monterey Bay Aquarium’s “Seafood Watch” program.)

  3. Jewell, I always go full fat yogurt. I agree. Life is too short. So glad you’re happy. I hope it continues ’cause you deserve it , girl!

  4. Cheryl says:

    Since it is Lent I’m always on the look out for great fish recipes. Can’t wait to try on Friday

  5. Roy Varley says:

    Thanks Jewel, I asked the internet what Aussies can use instead of halibut and the internet said

    And for Monterey Jack I got Havarti or maybe Colby…

    But hey, who follows recipes to the letter, right? Foodie experiments are fun!

    Of course, for authenticity, you really should have a photo of Wilder consuming the end result of your recipes.


  6. Gary Truckey says:

    I can’t believe your son is a toddler already. It seems like I’d just seen the photo of you well along in your pregnancy (and looking just as lovely as ever). I understand about blogging. I do one on nature/hobby-farming and once winter’s over it’s hard to find time to do even one post a week. My daughter does a farming blog from out in Nebraska and she’s lucky if she gets one out every month.

    Anyways, I’ll be following your posts, no matter how infrequent they are. P.S. I love how you are not afraid to wear a cross around your neck. From one Christian to another, thank you for encouraging me!

  7. Fernando F says:

    you might not write once a week but from twitter and Instagram, I know you are busy and I understand. As a “routine” expert, I know it has a calming and relaxing effect on myself. Keep writing about you and your son and that wonderful husband of yours all you want 🙂

  8. Paul says:

    Sounds great! Although there should be some cilantro in there somewhere! LOL

  9. Daryl says:

    That sounds delish and fast. We don’t get halibut but imma try using something with large flakes like blue cod. Awesomeness!

  10. Cassie Banks says:

    A picture is worth a thousand words. 🙂 Children grow up SOOO fast. You’ll blink and they’ll be graduating from high school. Your Twitter entries are enough for most of us. Blog entries feel like a wonderful luxury! As long as you continue to be in awe of every thing you have every day the road will be a beautiful experience for you and your family.

  11. bullion says:

    It’s so great to see that even actrices I adore (yeah, I’m one of Browncoats) struggle with the same feelings and challenges being a parent and having a career bring with themselves. Not that I wish you the struggle. But it seems healthy in a way. Well, anyway. Keep up posting, struggling, parenting and acting. And don’t feel bad falling asleep in your jeans. It happens to the best of us. And by best of us I mean struggling parents. Every. Single. One.

  12. Rachel P says:

    Thanks for coming back here -whenever you have the time and the energy!- I loved this sweet post and your super simple halibut taco recipe, you crushed it. 😋 💜

  13. SumTingFishy says:

    Weekly, quarterly, who’s counting really?

  14. David says:

    Hi Jewel the picture of You and Your Son Looks Great.! Hope You and Your Husband and Son and the rest of Your Family have a Blessed Easter.

  15. Darleene says:

    It’s important to have a career you love, and also important for your son to see a woman have a career she loves. That’s my philosophy raising three boys!

  16. YUM! Sounds delightful. And easy. I really need the easy part in my life. And also I love halibut.

  17. Jeff kaye says:

    Really nice to see a post from the 💓 and not one from someone’s media team. Keep the dream of realty.

  18. Harvey says:

    I am glad that I/we get an update every only once in a while, no matter how far they are. It is like catching up with an old friend that you left on good terms with and you continue right where you left off. And it is always a good thyme (heyo!)

  19. Michael says:

    It doesnt get more adorable than Serenity’s chief sexy mechanic having a sweet family and child. Wow. I know that i am simply a firefly geek but, my dear, what a wonderful adventure you are. Adorable is a word. But it is hardly a word when i think to place it next to you! Congratulations on all fronts.

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