Fish

Rare Tuna & Tomato Bruschetta

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The other day I got the chance to go and fish Mewstone – which is and island out in the middle of no where off the very remote South coast of Tasmania. I had never been there before and was pretty blown away by it all. It is a totally different world down there. Huge shear cliffs rising stright out of the ocean, birds, seals and tuna as far the eye can see. We mainly went down to chase Stripey Trumpeter but they weren’t having a bar of it. Luckily there were schools of tuna jumping around the boat and they were a lot more cooperative.

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With all the awesome tomatoes kicking around at the moment I thought I would do something pretty simple and fresh with tuna.

Ingredients (For 2 servings)

4x Slices of bread (I used the 2 pound loaf from Jackman & McRoss)
10-12 Slices of Tomato
2 Tbs Capers
1/4 Salad Onion sliced very finely
Rosemary
150gm Fresh Tuna
Olive Oil
Pepper and Salt
Clove of Garlic
White Vinegar

1. Place the onions in some vinegar and a pinch of salt an hour before you want to eat them.
2. Bring the tuna to room temperature by leaving it out for 30 mins before cooking. Season and sear all side in a hot pan and let sit for 10-15 mins before slicing into 5mm portions.
3. Toast the bread ina griddle pan and rub with garlic.
4. Fry the capers in some oil until crispy.
5. Assemble the dish by placing tomatoes, tuna and onions on top of the bread and sprinkle with capers. Season well and finish with some rosemary infused olive oil.

I know I’m not going to say it’s shit, but I can really recommend this one – was bloody good.

Seafood Plate with Tartare Pesto

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We finally had some good weather (not windy that is!) the other day, so I took the opportunity to put the boat in the water. My plan was to try and catch a shark but the engine was playing up so I stayed inshore – probably a good thing considering I was by myself.

Anyway the fishing I did have was excellent. Flathead, whiting, salmon and calamari were coming in thick and fast – so fast I was home by lunchtime.  Because I had a few different species I decided to do a bit of a platter/mixed grill for tea.

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Tartare Pesto

Ingredients:

4 Tbs Pine Nuts
1/2 Clove of Garlic
About 1 cup Parsley
3 Tbs Dill
3 Tbs Tarragon
2 Tbs Capers
4 Cornichons
1/4 Preserved of a Lemon (Peel)
1 Anchovy (Optional)
1 Tbs Dijion Mustard
2 Tbs Spring Onions
1/4 Cup White Vinagar
2/3 Cup Olive Oil (Approx.)
Salt to taste

Method:

Throw everything in the food processor minus the oil and while blitzing, slowly add the oil. You want this quit runny because you kind of use it as a sauce. So add more vinegar and oil if required. Also if the tarragon is a bit over powering add more parsley.

For the Fish:

Flathead: Flour, egg and bread crumbed. Also picked some in white vinegar, dill salt and pepper and a pinch of sugar.
Whiting: Just cooked whole under a really hot grill.
Calamari: Dusted in rice flour and salt and white pepper. Also did some butter and garlic.

Bruny Island Oysters

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Went down to Bruny yesterday to check out the accommodation for my sisters boyfriend’s new business. We had big plans to go and get/shoot some oysters from a friends farm but the tide was too high so we ended up just buying these and having them natural. Hopefully we get some better tides later in the week so I can head back down.

Fresh Bagels with King Island Triple Cream Brie and Huon Smoked Salmon


 
Recently the manager at my work went to King Island and asked everyone if they had any cheese requests as he would be visiting the factory store. I ordered two wheels of Seal Bay triple cream brie, one of which I gave to a friend who just had a baby, the other sitting in the fridge waiting for me to decide the best way to make the most of it. I considered baking it to oozy goodness but I think that might have been a little over the top. In the end I decided to bake some bagels and have it with Tasmanian smoked salmon (the packet variety – unlike Sam I don’t/can’t make my own) and fresh little radishes from Salamanca market.
 
The bagel recipe is so very simple and easy and not time consuming at all.

Ingredients
4 cups of flour (I used Callington wheat flour light sifted)
2 tablespoons of yeast
1 ½ teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 ¼ cups tepid water

 
Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl to form a dough, then knead on a floured surface for around ten minutes or until smooth and even. Cut the dough into eight equal portions and place on a flour-dusted tray in a warm-ish spot for twenty minutes.
Preheat the oven to 220 celcius.

At this point you can do the traditional rolling out of the bagel (like here) or you can be lazy (and probably very wrong) like me and press a hole through the middle of each ball with your thumb. Let them sit another twenty minutes.
Put a large pot of water on to boil, the once boiling place the bagels in and cook for one minute before turning over and cooking another minute. Take them out of the water with a slotted spoon and place on a lightly oiled oven tray, sprinkle the top with poppy seeds and place in the oven. Cook for ten minutes before turning them over and cooking a further ten minutes. Allow them to sit and cool before eating.
 
Serve with soft triple cream brie (I probably could have had the cheese softening a lot longer) and Tasmanian smoked salmon. I personally prefer the Huon Aquaculture classic but that’s just me.

Scallop Pasty with Saffron Pastry

I’ve had the idea in my head for a while now to make and saffron puff pastry and use it for seafood pies – so I did. This is the first time I have made puff pastry from scratch. If you haven’t made it before I reckon don’t bother – it’s a pain in the arse – just buy it. However I suppose you have to make it if you want to put saffron in it.

Anyway….with the commercial scallop season maybe drawing to a close soon I thought I would make some scallop pasties.

For the Saffron Puff Pastry

Just use a standard puff recipe like this but into the iced water bleed around 10 saffron threads.

For the Filling

Ingredients:

250g Fresh Scallops
16x Spears of Asparagus
Juice and Zest of 1 Lemon
Pepper and Salt
Fresh Thyme
1 Cup of Grated Mozzarella

Method:

1. Roll the pastry flat to about 5mm thick and using a large soup bowl cut out circles of pastry.

2. On one side of the circle of pastry, leaving 1 cm around the edge for when you fold, place a little cheese, then 4 spears of asparagus cut to the length the of the pastry, 5 or 6 scallops, pepper and salt, a few thyme leaves, a sprinkling of lemon zest and a squeeze of lemon juice and a little more cheese.

3. Then wash with egg around the edge of the pastry, fold over, then press down with a fork to seal. Prick the top of the pasty to let steam out.

4. Refrigerate for half and hour then put in an oven at 200 C for about 25mins or until golden.

5. Serve with tomato relish – you might want to add a bit of extra vinegar to your relish as the pasty is pretty full on.

Makes 4