I Cooked Fish With My Christmas Tree

I cut off the branches with a big pruner.
I cut off the branches with a big pruner.

For years, (or ever since I’ve lived in a house with a fireplace) I’ve cut the branches off my Christmas tree and aged the trunk (usually three to four years) to use as firewood. You don’t want to burn the branches in the fireplace, though; they’re too pitchy and will gunk up your chimney.

The green needles burn quickly and violently.
The green needles burn quickly and violently.

This year, I started a new tradition of burning the branches in the chimnea and cooking fish on the coals. The fish in the pictures is just some tilapia that was on sale at Albertson’s.

I put a grill over the coals just for something to set my fancy fish griller thing on.
I put a grill over the coals just for something to set my fancy fish griller thing on.

I served my grilled fish with a spicy guacamole garnish, and it was fabulous.

I began grilling with my fancy fish griller. The fish was lightly brushed with olive oil and salted with kosher salt.
I began grilling with my fancy fish griller. The fish was lightly brushed with olive oil and salted with kosher salt.
Before long it was golden brown and sizzling.
Before long it was golden brown and sizzling.