Market Day

5 March 2005

I hope this picture won’t scare too many people! We got some lovely sea bass at the local market today and regardless of moaning about Jamie Oliver in the last post, I decided to cook them with his old recipe.

Sea bass is my favourite fish and I like it cooked simply. Put finely sliced red onion, fennel bulb and a little garlic on the tray (or in a foil bag). Place the fish snugly on top of the veg, season well and sprinkle on some fennel seeds, and stuff with loads of fresh herbs. Squeeze over some lemon juice and drizzle with olive oil. Cover them tightly and cook in a preheated oven. The whole process takes less than half an hour!

It’s so juicy when you cook whole fish like this and you don’t need any fancy sauce. I think that the aniseed flavour of the fennel works really well. I’m used to eating these kind of plain recipes as I had fish or seafood almost every day when I was in Japan. Although you can get decent fish in this country, you just can’t beat the varieties there… I’ve made myself homesick…
 

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  • hi keiko! i prefer a slightly fishier fish, but i’ll bet the fennel is fantastic with sea bass. a drizzle of pernod wouldn’t be amiss, i reckon.

    Posted by santos | 7 March 2005 #
  • Hi Santos - I imagine you have so many varieties in Guam, what kind of fish do you like best? and how do you like to cook them?

    Posted by keiko | 9 March 2005 #
  • keiko san!! konnichiwa.
    お言葉に甘えて日本語でよろしくさせていただきます。:-)
    ステキなエントリーがたくさんありますが「魚ッ!」としたこちらに。
    SUZUKI・・・でよいのかしら? sea bass.
    Fennelの球根は日本では(私のまわりのスーパーマーケットでは)見た事ないのですが似たような食感が楽しめる代用品はありますか?
    以前Books for Cooksのワークショップに参加したときいただいたのですが食感を忘れてしまいました。玉ねぎに似てたような・・・(あれは玉ねぎだったのかも・笑)

    これからも楽しみに待ってます。
    ps 私のブログにリンクさせてもらいました。Blog Peopleという日本のブログリストですけど。よろしくです~

    Posted by azu | 13 March 2005 #
  • azuさん、うん、スズキだと思います。フェンネルはアニス系ですよね、食感は生だとセロリなんかもちょっと似てる気がします。azuさん、BfCのワークショップ行かれたことあるんですね!うらやましい、どうでした?楽しかった?どんなメニュー作られたのかな?

    リンクも張ってくださってありがとうございました。もうすぐ日本語バージョンも始めるつもり(’つもり’です)なので、またお知らせしますね。

    Posted by keiko | 15 March 2005 #
  • Hi Keiko,

    Greetings from Chicago! I am a private chef here and googled a recipe for madeleins and stumbled upon your blog. I have you bookmarked now and come by for inspiration and ideas. You pictures are beautiful and the madeleins were delic.

    I have 3 kitties. The mother of the 2 kittens looks like your kitty. Her name is Moogoo Bean! Cheers from Chicago and happy cooking!

    Posted by Renee | 8 April 2006 #
  • Hi Renee - thanks so much for your kind notes. It must be exciting to cook professionally as well as privately, have you got your own blog? Your kitties must be adorable (I’m sure they’re not as naughty as my cat though!), send lots of hugs to Moogoo Bean and her kittens from me!

    Posted by keiko | 10 April 2006 #
  • People should eat more fish! Im happy they opened up a big fishmarket closeby! Your closeup reminds me of the japanese tuna eyesockets… a treat nobody dares to eat haha :)

    Posted by noogies | 9 February 2008 #
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