Category Archives: Seafood

Hawaiian-Style Lunch For Two At Home In The Middle Of The Desert

Yup, that’s right.

My husband made a request the other day, he said that he was really ono (hungry for) for some Poke and Sushi.  Well, I was out and about and stopped into my favorite green grocer.  HEH! They’ve got a Sushi Counter, ya know the kind were they make it right in front of you to take home, complete with Wasabi, Pickled Ginger and a small packet of Shoyu (they had chopsticks and forks too 😉 ).

Also in the fresh fish case they had Ahi fillets, CHEAP…I love this place.

DING DING DING!!!  LUNCH!  YUM!

When I got home, I made up a batch of Shoyu Ahi Poke with a beautiful half pound Ahi steak and served that with the Unagi (Fresh Water Eel) Nigiri Sushi.

What a treat!

Kewpie Mayonnaise And Tuna Sandwiches

If you’ve been following along for awhile now, you’ll remember my post about Tuna Sandwiches.

Having lived the majority of my life in Hawaii, THE  mayonnaise of choice is Best Foods (it’s known as Hellman’s on the East Coast of the US).  Although, there is a brand from Japan that has some pull in certain circles…

           Kewpie Mayonnaise, YUM!

Kewpie Mayonnaise, not cheap stuff!

I’ve never bought this brand of mayo before, mainly because it’s not cheap!  As you can see, I got the smaller, less expensive bottle  XD

So I’ve had this container in my pantry, waiting for the right moment to break it out… Today’s the day!

Coral Brand Tuna From Hawaii

 

I brought back a BUNCH of these lovely cans of my most favoritest canned Tuna in the whole wide world (along with an entire suitcase full of other goodies … all food items, of course 😎 ) the last time we went home to Hawaii; I figured if I was going to do it, let’s go whole hog!

In Hawaii, we LOVE our mayonnaise and make our Tuna Salad very simply.  Tuna and mayo, that’s it, well, you do need to use alot of mayo.  My husband doesn’t do care for mayonnaise, so he can’t watch when I do this, “Don’t tell me what’s in there! All I know is that I like your Tuna Sandwich.”  Ssshhhh! Don’t tell him, but I only use a little mayo in the salad, just enough to moisten it all up and then slather GOBS of it on the bread for my sandwich, MMM.

The Kewpie was phenomenal!  I turned the packaging over to look at the ingredients, thinking how different could this be?  MSG, Pepper, Pepper Extract and Apple, interesting (and yes I know that MSG is not good for you, but if you don’t eat it everyday…).  Since DH wasn’t looking, I figured I’d taste-test the two brands side-by-side… WOW!  They’re worlds apart.  That MSG gives the Kewpie Mayo a very savory flavor, they call that Umami.

If you get a chance, do try this different mayonnaise.  If you don’t see it in any of your neighborhood markets, you could always order it on line.

ENJOY!

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Fish Vera Cruz Style Ala Missus Dear Friend

I’ve mentioned my Dear Friend before several times here on my blog.  A few months back she and her husband decided, for better health, that they would go Gluten Free-Dairy Free-Pescetarian.  We started to talk about different Seafood, mainly Fish, recipes.  I suggested this one for them

https://mykitcheninthemiddleofthedesert.wordpress.com/2013/01/09/vera-cruz-style-fish-our-way/

Might tasty!

So as we talked about this particular recipe, I suggested that I contribute to her pantry some of the ingredients to make up this dish and she could go from there if they enjoyed it.  There’s no sense in investing in a whole jar of capers and you discover that you don’t care for them, then what?  Remember, a recipe is simply someone else’s idea, make it your own.  If you don’t like a component, leave it out.

WOW! Missus DF you knocked it out of the park girl friend!!  She used Cod, which is a nice mild fish for sure, and her choice for a side dish was Cabbage Steaks.  If you’ve never tried them, do!!

So if you’ve been following my blog over the past 4 years and you’ve EVER tried any of the recipes or concepts that I’ve posted, please let me know…a photo of the dish would be awefully nice too 😀

The Honolulu Fish Auction

This seems an appropriate post for Aloha Friday!

One of the most exciting things that my husband and I did while home in the Islands back in 2012, was to go to the Honolulu Fish Auction.  I was really looking forward to this!

Honolulu Fish Auction

I had known about it, but I had no idea that anyone could just walk in off the street not only to watch the action, but participate and purchase any fish that you like, for the right price of course. Prior to leaving to go back home to Hawaii, we had seen brochures offering day trips available through tour companies to the Auction.

We figured we knew our way around our own hometown, why pay to be led by the hand down to Pier 38 or The Honolulu Fishing Village.

The opening bell at the Honolulu Fish Auction

We set our alarm clock for EARLY AM and gulped down very strong coffee; we were off.  I wanted to get down there long before the opening bell and be able to look freely at the days catch as well as chat up the crews.

The Crew at the Honolulu Fish Auction

I was impressed that the Hawaii Seafood Council had representatives there, handing out printed information not only about the Auction, but also sustainability.

Only a small portion of what is caught commercially in Hawaii actually stays in Hawaii.  There are many different countries buying fish and then shipping the product out.

Why?  

Because of the quality and seafood safety.

I watched as a load after load were brought in from the boats and inspected, some fish had to be rejected.

I was fascinated; to be able to interact with the guys and ask a boat load (pardon the pun) of probably stupid question in their eyes.

Not so great fish at the Honolulu Fish Auction

A small catch of Tombo or Albacore Tuna didn’t sell because there was no call for this fish on the market that day; it didn’t look too nice either, not that the fish was bad, “just not worthy” as the guys put it to me.

Let's GO! at the Honolulu Fish Auction

*Please take notice as to how everyone is dressed, it’s dang cold in there!!

So the bell rings and we’re off to the races! It was nothing like I thought, it’s very subdued. There’s no yelling, no shouting, but then folks in Hawaii aren’t like that.

"Markers" at the Honolulu Fish Auction

It was mostly nods of heads, guys throwing down their markers, slips of paper with their company or just their names on it.  I was looking at some of them after the crowd moved over to the next row of fish, and who’s standing next to me? Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa.

What a nice guy!

He asks me where I’m from, if I had been to the Auction before, explaining what he was looking for in the fish that he wanted for that night’s catch of the day at his restaurant.  WOW! No really, WOW!  I’m just a little girl from Kaneohe who’s now living in the middle of the desert…

Beautiful fish the the Honolulu Fish Auction

I had read that as the fish are prepared, a small portion is cut away so that perspective buyers can inspect the meat quality.  As the group of perspective buyers moves on, behind them is a small army of worker bees.  Two guys have handheld receipt type machines is the best way that I can explain it.  They’re tagging each fish that was purchased with the buyer’s name, and all of the particulars, total cost, weight etc.

After them, is this nice man with a bucket, collecting those bits of tail meat.

I asked him what he was going to do with all of that; he tells me he makes Poke or Raw Fish Salad and sell it at the local markets.

No waste Braddah, right on!

Opah or Moon Fish at the Honolulu Fish Auction

Some types of fish I had never seen, other than on my plate.

Above is Opah or Moonfish.  What a beautiful fish, not to mention delicious too.

Can you read the tag? 138 pounds!

That’s my shoe next to it, I wear a size 5 ½ US !!

Monsters,  some of these fish.

And you know there was no fishy smell, well of course not.

These beauties are kept on ice from the time they are landed just a few short hours prior to the Auction, up until they are carted away.

It’s spotless in there too!  As you walk in the door, you have to wash your shoes in a shallow trough filled with some type of disinfectant.  There’s a big handwritten sign, “NO SLIPPERS” (flip flops) over the doorway.  Well YEAH, it was too dang cold for those!

Pallet upon pallet of the Oceans bounty at the Honolulu Fish Auction

As one row of fish was sold, processed for the customer and taken off the floor, it was back filled by handcarts and small forklifts of more pallets of fish.  We were already a couple of hours into it, and it was clear that they were no where near to being done for the day.

My husband had given up long ago and went to take a nap in the car;  I hadn’t even noticed he was gone. HA!

I was starting to get cold though, so I stepped outside to watch the buyers make off with their bounty from the Sea.  One local family had bought an Ahi or Big Eye Tuna for the Graduation Party they were having at their home.  They invited us to join them, but we regretfully declined.

This was really a treat!

This was in my old backyard, there it was and I had never known it, because I was too busy with my own wrapped up world.  There’s so much more to life, so don’t let it pass you by.  

Get out there and explore your culinary backyard.

Happy Aloha Friday, Have A Great Weekend!

 

Taco Tuesday at Casa Grande Mexican Restaurant in Chino Valley Arizona

Okay, so we talked about Taco Tuesday out with friends before, but that was in Catalina, what about in Chino Valley Arizona?

We met Mister and Missus DF’s at Casa Grande Mexican Restaurant in Chino Valley for a second time.  The first was for Sunday breakfast, yes, I said breakfast and it was GOOD!  I didn’t get any photographs, because I did a face plant into my food before I could reach for my camera.  Not tonight though, Mrs. DF reminded me, “Where’s your camera? You forgot to take pictures on Sunday.”  Thank you Holly!

Taco Tuesday at Casa Grande Mexican Restaurant

Oh my GAWD!  Come on Man, for $3 you can have Carne Asada, Carnita, Fish or Shrimp tacos.  For $2 you can have Ground Beef, Chicken, and, ummm, I forget now, HA!  But there were I think 2 other choices for $2.  Oh, AND $2 Margaritas that weren’t bad.

Chicken Taco Salad at Casa Grande Mexican Restaurant

Also on our table were two salads, an Avocado Salad and a Chicken Taco Salad.  The Cilantro Ranch dressing was outstanding.  Make sure if you go to ask for the “secret stash” of the Green Salsa, muy caliente, but very tasty.

Cheesecake Chimi at Casa Grande Mexican Restaurant

Mrs. DF said that I needed to try the Cheesecake Chimi, oh baby!  GOOD!

We’ve already made a date for the four of us to meet at Casa Grande Mexican Restaurant again in two weeks!

Vera Cruz-Style Fish Our Way

Source: Vera Cruz-Style Fish Our Way

Well, with folks making their New Year’s Resolutions to eat well, I thought of this dish.  I make this often; it’s chock-full of good stuff.  I used Mahi-Mahi, but Cod is good too.  The recipe that I found originally, called for Red Snapper, but here in the middle of the desert, that proved to be quite the challenge.  I’ve plugged my recipe into one of those handy-dandy software programs to see what all we had here as far as for calories and the such, and this is what it came up with… not bad.

Nutrition Facts
Servings 2.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 259
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6 g 10 %
Saturated Fat 0 g 0 %
Monounsaturated Fat 1 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 80 mg 27 %
Sodium 1084 mg 45 %
Potassium 660 mg 19 %
Total Carbohydrate 16 g 5 %
Dietary Fiber 5 g 19 %
Sugars 9 g
Protein 24 g 48 %
Vitamin A 105 %
Vitamin C 943 %
Calcium 10 %
Iron 9 %

Do you see the fat content?  This recipe makes 2 good sized portions, and if you leave off the rice, *cough*, it’s less than 300 calories.  This could easily fit into almost any diet plan, I mean “different way of looking at food concept”.  You choose the fish that your household likes the best… ooohhhh, I just had a great idea!  A Seafood Vera Cruz, like maybe Shrimp or Mussels or how about a splurge using Lobster?  MMM!

ENJOY!

Lomi Lomi Salmon, It’s Time For Another Luau

If you’ve read my bio, you’ll already know that I’m from Hawaii, but I bet you didn’t know that I am of Hawaiian decent.  Now with this said, let’s talk about a dish that you’ll find at most Luaus in Hawaii, Lomi Lomi Salmon, we just call it Lomi Salmon …  MMM!

Taro Brand Lomi Salmon sold at Costco in Hawaii

[Photo credit : Taro Brand Lomi Salmon at Costco]

Back home, I could buy this in a plastic tub in the cold case at any local supermarket.  I never NEEDED to know how to make this scrumptious party staple, but I do now.  So, I searched the internet and found Capt. Mike’s recipe on Fish Maui’s website.

Hmmm, Salt Salmon, the first ingredient.  Now where on Earth am I going to find that here in the middle of the desert I ask you?

WELL!  Capt. Mike includes the recipe or I suppose it’s more of a technique to make Salt Salmon.  One of the things about that plastic tub of ‘Lomi’ in the market was, there wasn’t enough fish in it for our liking.  By figuring out how to make my own, it’s got LOADS of Salmon!

So I had some frozen Salmon from Costco; I defrosted an eight ounce fillet, covered it in Hawaiian Sea Salt in a glass bowl, covered that with plastic wrap and stashed it in the cold box for 3 days.  What a huge difference in the texture of the fish’s flesh, very firm.  Follow the rest of the instructions from Capt. Mike, but here’s where I make my own twist.

Bowl-full-of-tomatoes on my kitchen counter

Isn’t that gorgeous?

I had a bowl full of Heirloom, San Marzano and Roma tomatoes sitting in a bowl on the kitchen counter.  Why not.  Most Lomi Salmon dishes that you see are made with just red tomatoes, I kind of liked the different colors of the Heirlooms.

diced Heirloom Tomatoes

I diced up a mix of the tomatoes…

small dice Salt Salmon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diced the Salt Salmon pretty small …

all of the ingredients for Lomi Salmon

Thinly sliced some Green Onions and finely diced a bit of Sweet White Onion, like a Maui or Vidalia.

I really couldn’t say how much of the tomatoes or onions that I used, I just added what looked about right in the bowl, remembering that we wanted a good amount of fish.  This isn’t  a tomato and onion salad after all.

Give it all a stir, cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 4 hours or even overnight to let all the flavors meld together.

Plated Lomi Salmon with Kalua Pig and Cabbage with steamed White Rice

Serve icy cold (add ice cubes if needed) with a big scoop of Kalua Pig and Cabbage, along with steamed white rice.(see the link on how to make the Kalua Pig). 

You don’t have to add the cabbage, but I try to sneak in as many veggies as I can get away with.

This was just enough Lomi Salmon for the two of us, but we REALLY like it, so I piled it on!  For regular diners, I’d say that this would serve 4 easily.

Now that’s a Luau, BABY!

ALOHA!