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Fish & Seafood

Grilled Fish Collars & Citrus Dipping Sauce

When I spotted some kingfish collars recently at the market,  I was excited.  The “odd bits” of fish – the head, tail and collars – are wonderfully tasty. I love the Japanese style of preparing  fish collars which is to simply season with some salt and grill to enjoy the full flavour. I served it Read More…

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Fish Cakes – Thai Style

Fish Cakes – Thai Style

  Thai Fish Cake and nostalgia …. It is funny how so many of our memories are tied to food.  Take these Thai fish cakes that I made this afternoon for lunch.  It brought back taste memory of the ones my Thai grandmother used to make which in my opinion are the best.  For a Read More…

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Marinated Sardines (Escabeche)

Marinated Sardines (Escabeche)

Marinated Sardines (Escabeche) Ingredients 12 sardines salt and pepper 70 ml  clarified butter or lard 1/3 cup coconut balsamic vinegar (or red wine vinegar) 1/3 cup organic extra virgin olive oil 1 medium onion, sliced thinly orange or lemon zest (about 5 cm) 1 sprig fresh thyme 1 sprig fresh rosemary 1 fresh bay leaf Read More…

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Oysters – another nutrient dense food

Oysters – another nutrient dense food

Sunday Lunch – Fresh oysters from the farmers’ market. Oysters are nutrient dense, rich in  zinc as well as iron, selenium and other trace minerals, vitamin B12, fat-soluble vitamins A & D.    Here is an article written by Sally Fallon on this subject including a few recipes. I have also used oysters to prepare an Read More…

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Squid Ink Risotto

Squid Ink Risotto

Squid Ink Risotto (recipe adapted from Gourmet magazine) serves 2 Ingredients 2 cups fish stock or bone broth 30 ml  olive oil + butter 1 small onion, finely chopped 1 clove garlic, finely chopped 300 gm small squids, cleaned, tentacles separated and bodies cut into rings ¼ cup (firmly packed) thinly sliced greens (silverbeet, spinach Read More…

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Sardines with Kamut Pasta

Sardines with Kamut Pasta

Sardines are highly nutritious – rich in omega 3 fatty acids and a good source of vitamin D, calcium, B12 and protein.   I love fresh sardines and buy them whenever I spot them at Spanner Crab Noosa.  They are delicious simply pan fried or grilled. I have also used them to make fermented fish Read More…

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Grilled Fish with Carrot, Yacon & Seaweed Salad

Grilled Fish with Carrot, Yacon & Seaweed Salad

It was cold and windy on Sunday but that did not deter me from visiting our local Winter market at Mapleton. Although there were not many produce stalls,  I did find some local & organically grown Chinese Cabbage (Wong Baak) and Daikon for making Kim-chee, Yacon and Black Radishes, some of which I used to Read More…

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Steamed Fish Curry Thai Style

Ingredients 1 tbs palm sugar 2 tbs fish sauce 2 eggs 2 tbs red curry paste 2 cups coconut cream 500 gms fish such as snapper, kingfish or mixed seafoods betel leaves thai basil leaves 1 red chilli, julienned 2 kaffir lime leaves, finely shredded banana leaf cut to fit your steamer basket Method In Read More…

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