Our third cooking class in ‘Sustainable Seafood’ looked at mercury in fish. Larger, older, predatory fish have the most mercury because they have had more time to accumulate it; watch out for swordfish, shark, king mackerel and the larger tunas. Mercury is a really nasty heavy metal, and it is advisable to avoid it wherever possible, as it accumulates in the fish’s body and then in yours. (Our next class looked at tuna more closely, so you’ll have to wait until I write it up!)
to start, Chilled Cucumber and Bell Pepper Soup with Crab
- tinned crab (that tasted just like fresh crab) was added to the cold cucumber soup. This soup was cool and refreshing even though I normally hate cucumbers!
followed by a Shaved Fennel, Radish and Orange Salad
- this was a must make… an unusual and delicious salad!
- the appetizer was Roasted Fish Filet with Lemon Rock Salt Crust – even though this was pre-wrapped in seaweed to reduce the salt, most of the class found it a little too salty for their tastes. However, I was thinking it would have been fantastic as a topper for anything that would be tasty with extra salt such as rice, potatoes or hard-boiled eggs…
- the main course was Orange and Yogurt Tilapia Curry served over Basmati Rice with Mustard Seeds and Banana. The fragrant rice was wonderful on its own, but somewhat overwhelmed by the curry.
- for dessert we had Chocolate Mousse on Orange Crème with Orange Confit. This was my thing – up to my elbows in chocolate mousse – could there be anything better?
Chef Eric posts many of his recipes on his website: http://www.911cheferic.com/