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[Public] Thoughts on fish at feasts

For my non SCA friends, please bear with me while I make a rare public post. You can just skip the entry if you want. ;)

Often when discussing menus people see fish of any sort and decide they automatically won't like the dish. For many of us we're just not a fish eating society. There is a tendancy for fish courses, no matter how good, to come back with large amounts still on the serving platter.

I admit it, I'm as bad as anyone else - it's taken me a long time to LIKE fish, and I still don't like a lot of it. Heck I've NEVER found a version of Salmon I've liked and I prefer crabcake to whole crabs because I dislike the amount of work for little reward in crab meat.

But the next two weekends have fish on the menus and even people who normally don't care for fish should try them.

spikywheel is serving Chilean Sea Bass for her fish course at Night on the Town and
thehonorablellt is serving poached sushi grade tuna for Tournament of Chivalry.

True, in a feast situation you're not going to get a whole plate of either fish, but I assure you that in a resturant these are NOT $10 meals if even if you could get them. Try $25-$30 for the Sea Bass, if not more considering it's something like $20/lb normally (she got a great sale).

So here's my point. For the next two weeks TRY a bite of the fish. You might find you like it.


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Apr. 8th, 2008 02:23 pm (UTC)
Besides, it is good for you!

Brain Food! Not fried! And yummy as all get out!
Apr. 8th, 2008 02:28 pm (UTC)
I want more of the sea bass - it was nummy!
Apr. 8th, 2008 02:31 pm (UTC)

That does it, hitting Costco this weekend for some Ahi grade Tuna to go on the grill. Coat it with some herbs, and yum.
Apr. 8th, 2008 02:35 pm (UTC)
Pssst...Go to the Grand International Market on Little River Turnpike, across from the shopping center where Tower Records used to be. Frozen blocks of about 1 lb each at IIRC $9.00/lb.
Apr. 8th, 2008 02:33 pm (UTC)
I'm never going to get fish from a place in the middle of the country without having knowledge that they know how to store and prepare fish without it being less than fresh, over or under cooked.

So for that reason I'd never get the fish unless the person serving it was known to be a good fish chef.

I'm from MA though and we're picky about our fish.

I also won't eat fish from lake erie. but chilean sea bass? num.
Apr. 8th, 2008 02:40 pm (UTC)
What most people don't realize is that a lot (if not most) fish is actually frozen on the ship before it ever sees land. This is why I'm amused by Carrabba's claims that their fish is never frozen.

Both spikywheel and LLT are using good quality fish that they are buying frozen.

In MA and other states where there is a huge fishing industry I can believe that you can find fish that never got frozen, but everywhere else? It's been frozen regardless of what it looks like when you buy it.
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Apr. 8th, 2008 02:48 pm (UTC)
I love fish - with just a few exceptions. During our Grand European Vacation (World Con in Glasgow, Scotland and a side trip to visit a friend in Finland), I attempted to make it my all fish vacation. Got pretty close too. Discovered I adore herring Finnish style, while picked or creamed herring is just yuck. Poor Tero lost a portion of his dinner that night, although I shared mine too.
Apr. 8th, 2008 02:59 pm (UTC)
Fish good!
Apr. 8th, 2008 02:59 pm (UTC)
oh dear sweet gods I love fish... spent a week in San Fran once and i was in HEAVEN!!!!!!

but yeah, not enough people in Society eat fish which is a shame because I've been a a few events where it was on the menu and the dish came out perfectly, even moreso than the 'usual feast fare' that people raved about. crying, cryin shame.

man, i wish there was a place around here to get good fish for lunch.
Apr. 8th, 2008 03:00 pm (UTC)
I rarely cook fish at home - I had too much meh-quality fish growing up in a Catholic household. But if I'm at a restaurant and sea bass is on the menu, oh, baby. I very, very rarely pass it up. Yum.
Apr. 8th, 2008 03:16 pm (UTC)
Actually... I'd be up for attending a proper fish day type feast, love most fish and in many forms... fried, baked, boiled, cakes, pies, cured... Just like most meat though, it should be of good quality and cooked well(properly).

Edited at 2008-04-08 03:17 pm (UTC)
Apr. 8th, 2008 03:24 pm (UTC)
There is also fish on the EK Coronation menu this weekend.

I am unsure what kind.

The problem with SCA feast fish is that it's often an "extra" main dish and often some kind of whitefish in an odd sauce.

But I try everything!
Apr. 8th, 2008 08:32 pm (UTC)
is there? YAY! I'll be at Coronation this weekend.
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Apr. 8th, 2008 03:54 pm (UTC)
I dunno. As my mom used to say, "More for the rest of us!"

(And besides, I feel personally responsible for the depopulation of the Grand Banks.)
Apr. 8th, 2008 04:00 pm (UTC)
Normally I would agree with you. Except that the autocrats Night on the Town are thinking about lowering the number of feast spaces based on reservations and she already bought the fish. It's frozen in chunks large enough to make it unreasonable for househould cooking (I asked thinking I would buy some off of her).

But yes any leftover fish at ToC is coming home with us.
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Apr. 8th, 2008 05:25 pm (UTC)
It sounds like you can I agree on both salmon and crabs; and as far as I know, we're the only two!

I will try anything served to me at a feast. I have been pleasantly surprised so many times, it would be a shame to miss out on a treasure.
Apr. 8th, 2008 06:56 pm (UTC)
Typo in ToC Autocrat's email
FYI - there's a typo in the email address for the Autocrat on the Atlantia webpage. Her address should be at "Mac.com" (not ma.com).
Apr. 8th, 2008 08:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Typo in ToC Autocrat's email
Hmm, maybe that's why we don't have more reservations than we do....
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Apr. 8th, 2008 11:30 pm (UTC)
Coastal Flats has a Chilean sea bass entree that's one of my favorites. I like it enough that I've cooked (roughly!) similar things at home, though usually with tilapia, cod or scallops instead.
Apr. 9th, 2008 03:37 am (UTC)
I *love* fish and have been very happy to see it showing up more and more frequently on feast menus :-)

I was very bummed to have to leave ADITME early :-( as I was planning to be a member of the Clean Plate Club on the fish course :-)

Yes, I'm picky on my fish... and I hope to make ToC's feast! Sounds great!
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