Thursday, May 22, 2008

Fish Guanaja - Butterfish Sashimi?

Fish Guanaja? Sometimes it works out better if you just buy it off a local fisherman! We caught up with our fishing guy in his dug out canoe ... too cool! He had some absolutely wonderful butter fish ... you know, that white, melt in your mouth fish that is terrific eaten as sashimi.

I have located some "rules of sashimi:

For the Japanese, sushi is a fun finger food. It's also steeped in time-honored traditions of cleanliness, which dictate that it should not be touched more than is absolutely necessary.

In the case of sashimi, you are not to touch the fish under any circumstance. But with raw nigiri, which is essentially the same slice of fish on top of a small ball of rice, you do touch the fish with the tip of the thumb to hold it in place.

Sashimi: These plain slices of raw fish with no rice are eaten with chopsticks, never held with the fingers. One tip of the slice is lightly dabbed in the soy sauce, not dunked. That end is touched first to the tongue, where the hint of salty flavor "awakens" the taste buds and revives the true briny flavor of the fish. Eat it all at once; do not try to tear off a bite.

Dipping sauce: Use the soy sauce as served. Do not mix wasabi paste into it. That is not done in Japan traditionally, and moreover, mixing adulterates the flavor of both ingredients, destroying their subtler nuances.

Pickled ginger: Pickled ginger is served alongside sushi as a refreshing palate-cleanser; one small slice is eaten between differing items to avoid the mingling of conflicting flavors. It is not intended to be added to the sushi or sashimi s an additional topping.

OK, here we are. Captain Bob is mixing up his special wasabi dipping sauce with everyone gathered around!

So if you happen to find yourself fishing in Guanaja and decide to slice up your catch for a little sashimi ... you'll know the "rules", but on second thought ... who cares ...bon appetite !

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Fish Guanaja Honduras - How about Barry the Cuda?

Fish Guanaja Honduras ... the boys are getting their poles and lines ready .... what will they catch? A good fishing experience always takes planning ... right now they are checking everything over and maybe in the next day or two they will go out.

The locals tell us that a lot of barracuda are caught here. We know all about these "bad boys" from fishing in the Bahamas ... in fact we only use them for bait, but not to eat because they
have been known to carry ciguatera, a type of food poisoning. The main symptoms of ciguatera include gastrointestinal and neurological effects. Not a beautiful thing!

While this seems to be a problem over in the Bahamas, the locals swear it is not so around Guanaja. I don't know! I am still not going to eat any, but the test they use to see if the fish is infected is to cut the head off and lay it on the ground. If ants don't swarm all over it in a few moments then the fish is infected. If the ants are all over it then it is safe for consumption.

Like I said ....I don't know..... try it at your own risk!

Just a handy tip from one of the local fisherman in Guanaja.