Friday, 3 June 2011
you can have a fishy . . .
Anyway, after spending an agonizing morning reading such responses to questions about stereotyping in British Horror films and the Messages and Values presented in two American films* of your choice, gave in and went to buy a fish. After all, I was going to be dining alone.
So, after giving in (two submissions for '70s wrestling fans) I went up to my all time favourite fishmonger. Now, I love fishmonger's counters - the bounty available always gets my juices flowing (steady on!) but today, giant Grey Mullet and a huge - almost leviathan - sea bass just looked too Noah and the Whale to be worthwhile. So, I went for the Mackerel which at least looked approachable.
Often Mackerel is seen as a very strong oily-tasting fish. I would agree, they need something to check the strong flavour. I opted to stuff it full of pepper, salt and chilli flakes and then serve it with a salad with orange as the predominant flavour. So many people assume that fish has to have lemon as a major flavouring - so wrong. It doesn't work with EVERYTHING! Orange cuts the oiliness and actually makes for a far better experience. I used satsumas and they worked superbly.
Anyway, now it's late and I can't remember why I was writing this - beyond edification, that is - so I'm off to bed. Don't forget to eat lots of oily fish.
* Here's a laugh: you have to compare two American films. A teacher from a college showed Titanic and left them to their own devices. Here's a clue: I teach two different versions of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. This school/college left them to it - what would you choose? Schindler's List, anyone?