16 Apr

All About Seafood

Seafood is known as a superfood as it contains a huge number of vital proteins that have numerous health benefits, including increasing brain power, killing inflammatories and taking care of your heart.

Seafood is also attributed to preventing a huge number of deaths from heart disease and stroke.

For a healthy balanced diet, 3 portions of seafood are recommended per week.

Although the vast majority of seafood eaten in the United States is salmon, canned tuna and shrimp, there are many more varieties that should also be considered.

Lesser Known Varieties

Some of the many types of lesser known seafood include lionfish, rockfish and pollock which are usually overlooked in favour of the more popular varieties, in fact pollock is just as tasty as cod and it is a much cheaper alternative.

A chef to watch in this space is Jersey Bites executive chef Seadon Shouse. He has lots of knowledge and shares his rare finds frequently.

Although certain fish varieties are known to have mercury within them, which can impact the central nervous system, this is nothing to be concerned about, as you would have to go far beyond the recommended amounts for this to have an effect on you.

Buying Seafood

When deciding on what seafood to buy, choosing sustainable is always recommended, since the fish is caught in an eco responsible manner.

Another consideration is farmed fish, while some farmed fish contain pesticides and and antibiotics, there are also a number of benefits of farmed fish, most notably farmed fish does not deplete the amount of fish in the sea.

If you are buying farmed fish it is always good practice to buy from a reputable source.

If you don’t have access to a fresh fish market you should definitely be aware that frozen seafood is quite healthy and in many cases it can actually be of a better quality than fresh fish, since most fish that is caught is immediately frozen afterwards.

As well that learning some basic fish filleting skills is extremely worthwhile as you will have
the benefit of being able to buy cheaper fish, as well as being able to cook with some of the lesser used parts like the tail and cheeks.

Increasing Brain Cells

For seafood that is going to give your brain cells a boost, you should choose seafood that is high in Omega 3.

Types of fish include salmon, mackerel and freshwater trout.

They also don’t contain that many toxins and are full of healthy fatty acids.

Conclusion

Be responsible when choosing seafood, get to know your local supplier and ask questions and don’t be afraid to experiment with some of the less well known varieties.

Enjoy seafood and all of the wonderful health benefits it has to offer!

11 Apr

Exotic Seafood around the World

Seafood is enjoyed in almost every part of the world. Whether it is caught by a local fisherman or processed and imported by big companies, people enjoy the seafood universally. Every place has their own taste in food, so if you want to enjoy the seafood from various parts of the world then you have to travel to enjoy it. Here we will see some of the exotic seafood you can enjoy around the globe.

Gong Gong, South-East Asia:
This cuisine is mostly enjoyed in Singapore as these are conch and required to remove their shell in order to enjoy the meat inside them after it is cooked nicely. It is fried or steamed and you need to dip it into Chilly sauce to enhance its taste.

Hakari, Iceland:
Hakari is actually fermented carcass of shark and it is the national dish of Iceland. It is prepared by gutting the shark and then it is buried beneath sand, stones and then it is left for completion of the decomposition process which takes from 2 days to three months.

Moreton Bay Bugs, Australia:
This dish is prepared in Australia and the Moreton Bay Bugs are just close relatives of Rock Lobster. Unlike Lobsters, the Moreton Bay Bugs are little sweeter and richer in taste. These are best served with the mayonnaise.

Live Octopus, Korea:
You heard it right, this eight legged beast is delicious when cooked nicely, but Koreans saves their time and eat Octopus alive. Alive Octopus will increase strength and stamina much efficiently than the cooked one. But, be aware while eating it, as it can choke your throat.

Seahorse, China:
Seahorse is often seen as anti-ageing food in china, the delicious Seahorse is eaten generally on kebab but the sharp pieces sometimes stuck in your teeth and gums for which you have to struggle
after eating seahorse.

Barramundi, Australia:
Again you’ll have to travel Australia in order to enjoy this exotic dish or you can travel India, Thailand or even Vietnam to enjoy the cuisine. The fish is crispy after cooked and will give you a taste to remember. You can have it grilled or fried according to your appetite.

Espardenyes, Spain:
When we say Spain, our minds starts thinking about the tasty non-vegetarian dishes that make our mouth watery, these sea slugs when combined with tomato sauce will make you eat them more. Due to their shape they are also known as Espardenyes Sandals.