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Forage Yourself a Fish Supper

Feeling Fishy? Here are some delicious recipes…

FISH is my favourite thing to eat, and it is probably one of the most obvious free meals you can find – if you know how. For those who live by the coast there are a variety of fishes you can catch and cook, and here are a few ideas to get you started.

For these recipes the main ingredients have been foraged, but some of the other stuff you might need to buy in advance!

Goose Barnacles

Photo: Creative Commons by  MïK

Goose barnacles might sound like something out of Pirates of the Caribbean but in fact you can find these edible delights on large driftwood tree trunks. You can also find them scuba or free diving.

When you have got some barnacles blanch them for under a minute in boiling seasoned water, allow them to cool, then toss in butter, lemon and herbs…the perfect evening snack.

Jellyfish Tempura

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Although not a typical fish dinner this delicacy, eaten in China and throughout Asia for thousands of years, is worth trying. They are mild in flavour but the texture makes them desirable to eat.

In the UK you can use the common moon jellyfish that can be found in shallow waters or stranded on the beach. Best time to look for these creatures is around June through to September.

You can forage the jellyfish and seaweed and then make this delicious meal in ten minutes. All you need to do is make a batter using corn-flour, wheat, salt, seaweed and sesame seeds. Dip chunks of the jellyfish into the batter and fry in hot oil until brown and crispy! Then enjoy.

This dish tastes great with sweet chilli, as a cold salad, or with fried noodles.

The question on your mind is probably can I safely eat a jellyfish? The answer is yes. According to the marine biologists at the Western Washington University, if you buy a jellyfish in the market it has been soaked in salt and alum. This inactivates the stinging cells of the jellyfish and makes it safe to be consumed.

Crispy Squid Egg Wafers

Photo: Creative Commons by Ariane Middel

Heston Blumenthal described this culinary treat as “delicious, an intense umami [Japanese word meaning ‘taste’ – translated into English to mean meaty] flavour!” So with backing from one of Britain’s most creative chefs why not give it a try.

You can find squid eggs by scuba diving or free diving. Sometimes the egg clusters can be found washed up in late spring all around the coast.

Wash them well before cooking, cut separate fingers off the egg mass and boil for ten minutes. Then heat in an oven until they are dry at 70 degrees; when ready they will be crisp and dehydrated.

With much of the world’s fish population in a precarious state these alternative dishes can encourage interest in less popular sea creatures.

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