Swordfish is the best fish I've ever had! Nothing like opening a discussion in the middle, but now I have your attention, lets talk fish.
I'm far from being an expert on fish, what with limited funds and being a penny-pincher, but I do love the taste of fish and most seafood, so I'll be so bold as to start the discussion.
My dad loved to fish and usually took us kids with him. Most of the fish we caught were trout, so I love fresh trout, covered with flour or cornmeal, and fried in butter. Mmmmmmm, got to get me some right away!
My mom's siblings lived by an irrigation stream that was filled with catfish, so fresh catfish also makes my taste-buds wake-up & say howdy! Besides tasting as good as trout, with catfish, you don't have to be near as careful to prevent bones getting stuck in your throat.
Now, back to the swordfish. In 1966, I took the Queen Mary ocean liner from England to New York City. I tried a different seafood platter at every meal, for the 5 day trip. The fish must have been fresh and must have been prepared by a good chef, because they were all delicious.
Despite being delicious, my poor memory can't remember what any of them were except the swordfish. Wow! It was head & shoulders above the rest in the taste department.
Since then, I've never seen it in the few restaurants I've been to, and never seen it in a store, except once. I took it home, cooked it, and my taste-buds were highly disappointed. I think not knowing how to cook it right was a factor, but I suspect the largest factor was the lack of freshness. One thing I know about fish. When they stop moving, their flavor degrades rapidly.
OK then, lets hear your fishy stories:
I'll just link to a fish story I liked....
Okay Daniel, I'm going to the cupboard right now to check my Goldfish Crackers for signs!
Mindy, if your's have a "zero" that's a sign there's no god.
Mine have nothing on them but a smile. I'll take that as a sign that there's no god too. :)
It's a miracle!
More christian comedy; goddidit.
I couldn't stand to read all the comments on that story (too many babbling idiots), but I did find three that I liked:
Yes, but it was God that set that screw loose. Well, a screw loose, I have a feeling there might be more than one in this story."
Sometimes I buy frozen chunks of swordfish and it tastes good, but I never ate fresh swordfish, so I cannot compare. Just salt and pepper and fry it very quickly.
Thanks for the idea Chris. I may be able to order frozen swordfish from my fishmonger, "Fish Off the Old Block". They order octopus and pigskin for me, and next payday I'm ordering kidney. Going to try making steak & kidney pie.
I lived near Kenai, Alaska, and at Ft Lewis, WA for two years, you know, the old two year rotation as a military dependent, and had access to fish right off fishing boats. It was excellent. Now I live 300+ miles east of the Pacific Ocean and even though we have a wonderful mom and pop fish monger, the fish is just not as fresh or as good. There is something about watching the boats come in, unload and buying the fish from the fishermen.
Remember when quality fish was relatively inexpensive? WTF happened?
My mom used to buy halibut that was frozen in a rectangular block, and cooked it (still frozen) lightly seasoned (Lawry's seasoned pepper and thin slices of lemon) in the oven. Deee-licious! Moist, tender.... Purrrfect. NO tartar sauce.
I haven't seen halibut like that in decades. Most of the frozen fish I see in the store is thin little "fillets" with thicker breading than fish.
BTW, has anybody ever had tilapia or orange roughy? Are they mild, or "fishy"? Even they cost as much as a good steak, and I think I'd rather have steak.
Patricia, I saw you put orange roughy and I laughed at a memory. My sister's friend, when we were teenagers, said her grandma made "orange Ralphy" for dinner. I've called it that ever since. lol