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    Mommy Diva
    Tue Apr 07, 2009 12:34 pm
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    This is an opportunity for all of you to let us know what you are interested in seeing featured as Monthly Spotlights, Demos, you name it.

    If you have a particular type of seafood/fish , preparation, cuisine featuring fish and seafood you would like us to feature ~ just post your ideas here and we will see what we can do to get something in the works.

    Last edited by Mommy Diva on Thu Oct 15, 2009 11:42 am, edited 1 time in total
    Mon Apr 27, 2009 1:46 pm
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    It does seem as if fish cookery is a major problem for many people.

    I've found that, if you are lucky enough to get fresh fish, simple is best. Fresh fish needs no more than quick pan frying after dipping in a flour/cornmeal mixture. (Most people overcook fish, then say they dislike fish).

    In days gone by (the days of my granny, which I recall well, so you can guess my age!) deep-freezers did not exist.

    So pickled fish and curried fish were made. This lasted for ages in a fridge, or even in a cool place, or in sterilised bottles. But certain fish was better for this treatment than others. In fact, the fish which tended to be large and dry-fleshed, and not so nice if prepared fresh, worked very well for pickled and curried fish, as it did not fall apart.

    I think one of the problems with fish recipes is this: if your fish is not large and beautifully fresh, it needs only the simplest of treatments -- and to my taste, best served with fried or roast potatoes, or french fries!! icon_wink.gif icon_lol.gif

    The delicate taste can be killed with fancy sauces. A mushroom sauce is about as far as I would go!
    Debbie R.
    Thu Jun 11, 2009 2:06 pm Groupie
    The best fish I've ever had in my life was once when my ex and I were fishing in a mountain lake. He caught a small trout. We immediately built a fire, dressed it and cooked it. Oh. Wow. I had no idea what utter, absolute freshness does for fish as food. Amazing.

    Debbie R.
    Thu Jun 11, 2009 2:07 pm Groupie
    Have you ever done a really fluffy tempura demonstration?

    Thu Jun 11, 2009 3:36 pm
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    Welcome Deb!

    Fresh trout is one of my faves. I save the little "butter; packets from KFC and take them with when we fish in the mountains, just in case.

    I dont know about a tempura demo, but this recipe, has a great light texture that I love for fish.
    Long John Silver's Fish Batter
    Debbie R.
    Thu Jun 11, 2009 5:56 pm Groupie

    Thanks for that recipe. I have saved it and will definitely make it. That coating looks so perfect!

    My husband wants to eat out at a perch fry once a week....and then also at least one more time during the weekend. Okay, so that's about $80/month. Meanwhile, we don't have money for one of cats to get a toothcleaning, etc. So I am hoping that I can learn how to make fish good enough that he won't miss the perch dinner at all.

    The breakfast is another matter. Holy cow, that's a lot of work when someone wants the whole nine yards: eggs, toast, sausage gravy, and hashbrowns. (Wipes brow just thinking about it.) So....I don't know how often that's going to happen. But maybe I can save some money re fish.

    Thanks again,
    Thu Jun 11, 2009 6:29 pm
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    I made this one last night, I think it would work with any whitefish, it was awesome and grilled up in just a few minutes, Grilled Blackened Sea Bass
    Mommy Diva
    Sun Jul 12, 2009 1:14 pm
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    Debbie R. wrote:
    Have you ever done a really fluffy tempura demonstration?


    I don't know if we have, but would you like to do one??? icon_biggrin.gif
    Debbie R.
    Sun Jul 12, 2009 2:07 pm Groupie
    Nope, I'd be categorized as "audience" rather than "teacher." icon_biggrin.gif
    Mommy Diva
    Sun Jul 12, 2009 3:05 pm
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    Darn....was going to see if you'd volunteer. icon_smile.gif
    Mommy Diva
    Fri Jul 24, 2009 11:11 am
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    Boy....not many ideas going for what folks might want to see.....any photos you'd all like to share of fish/seafood dishes and recipes you have?
    Wed Jul 29, 2009 7:38 pm Groupie
    As you mentioned Mommy D, I will have to do parchment pouches as they are easy cooking and easy cooking and easy prep.

    I think foil pouches are a great way ... a little wine or broth, herbs, lemon and just fold up and cook. What is nice is it works for every type of fish or shellfish.

    Saran wrap pouches. Yes ... plastic wrap. Simply place the fish on saran wrap, butter, some herbs and seasoning, a little frozen spinach on the bottom to give it some moisture and top with a lemon slice. Wrap up and place on a collander over a pot with medium boiling water. They take 5-10 minutes. This works amazing with salmon steaks or fillets, cod and any thicker fish. No so much with thin fish.

    Also using a good substantial fish in a rich tomato sauce with other seafood flavors and aromatics makes a great nice stew like meal with crunchy grilled bread is a great easy meal.
    Mommy Diva
    Thu Jul 30, 2009 12:50 am
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    Nice SC! I'll have to "pick your noggin" a bit more and see what we can come up with for a nice spotlight!
    Psalm AKA Typo Qween
    Fri Jul 31, 2009 5:24 pm Groupie
    I love seafood, but I do admit to having a heck of a time with preparation. Cooking shows are great, but who has the fish right then while they are prepping it? Is there a way to get a demo regarding prepping fish in general from scale cleaning and filetting? I am sorry if this sounds stupid. icon_redface.gif
    Mommy Diva
    Mon Aug 03, 2009 1:09 pm
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    Not at all Psalm! This is exactly what we are looking for - what folks are interested in.

    Check out the existing demos here:

    300 plus Demos, Classes, & Tips Indexed Alphabetically

    Many times scaling (if it needs to be done may depend on the type of fish) filleting etc might be done on a specific fish. Check out what demos and tutorials are currently available at the link above.
    I will chat with Dawnab to see if she can or what other willing vict... *ahem*... icon_wink.gif participants we can find to create some basic fish cleaning, scaling, fillet, prep etc demo/tutorials to add to the list. Please keep these terrific ideas coming! Others may be sitting at home thinking the same thing - and truly benefit from your thoughts. icon_smile.gif
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