Sunday, May 15, 2011

Day 28 DP - Pass the fish liver! Huh?

I had an interesting dinner tonight.  After thoroughly cleaning my catch from yesterday, I noticed that the liver from this big striped bass was pretty large, clean and didn't look too different from chicken liver.  Why not give it a try?  I like chicken liver and certainly foie gras on occasion - sauteed up in a pan with some butter and salt - actually, anything in a pan with butter and salt is pretty good isn't it?  I sliced it up, and after the blood stopped oozing out. . .
I seasoned it with a little salt and threw it in a pan with some melted butter.  I made sure that it was completely cooked.  I have to admit - it wasn't too bad.  Had a nice livery flavor - not fishy at all.  There you have it - something new today and I'm still finding parts of this fish to eat. 
Sliced bass liver - hmmm? edible?
Sauteed in butter

Voilà! Is it better than fioe gras? I may be onto something.

 I did much of the same with the other parts of the fish - just like the last two.  I have fish strips in brine in the fridge for the smoker tomorrow - I also added some strips of the skin thinking that the dehydrator might crisp up the skin in the form of jerky.  It may just shrivel up all together but I'm going to give it a try.  In another bag I have the fin and belly sections.  On a plate I have my sushi quality loin cuts.  In a bowl I have my fish stock after simmering the head and bones for a few hours.  This is going to gel up an form a demi-glace that I can use for a future sauce.  Here's a short video of my experience with it last year.

The Chickens!  Oh those chickens - they are like Houdini's Chickens!!!  I came home after shopping in the afternoon and they were both GONE.  Not in my yard or anywhere I could see or hear.  There was an egg in the nest though.  Ha!  I should take a photo of the newly reenforced pen.  You wouldn't believe it.  I have created what looks like a spiderweb canopy of fishing line across the top of the entire thing.  I have no idea how they keep escaping.  When I sit there and watch them they look so passive.  I can't imagine what they do to get out of this thing.  AND to top it off, they are always together.  Are they helping each other?  I don't know.  It may be time to install a spy camera on the chicken pen.  (hey - not a bad idea) When I found them this time (with the help of the neighborhood kids) they were together under a pine tree in the neighbor's yard on the other side of a 6 ft fence.  I feel like Little Bo Peep.  Or Little Bo Cheap!  Well, I did find them and I also began construction on the new pen.  I underestimated these birds the first time around - but no longer.  I've been getting one egg a day at about 10:00 am - so I think only one of them is laying.  Looking forward to when I get two a day.

"Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other."

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