Eat like a Fish

Week 3- Bluefish

by Slow Food Cape Cod on May 25, 2017

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As with last week I made an assumption when I received my fish list this week:  Spiny Dogfish, Bonito, Bluefish and White Hake. As I mentioned last week the Cape Cod Fisherman’s Alliance is making a big push in a program called Pier to Plate to highlight “Under-Loved” species, Skate and Dogfish, and to bring them to the markets on the Outer Cape.  As a result I had assumed that I would easily find Dogfish this week.

However, that was not the case.  When I entered Chatham Fish and Lobster this week the fishmonger immediately recognized me as the person who was looking for crab last week and let me know that he had more crab this week.  I let him know this week I was looking for Spiny Dogfish, Bonito, Bluefish or White Hake.  Dogfish wasn’t being landed yet, not until mid-June, but they would be doing a tasting event in June for both Skate and Dogfish (I guess my fish list was just a few weeks too early).

Chatham Fish and Lobster did have locally Chatham Landed Bluefish…….. I was not totally thrilled about the the prospect of Bluefish and I was under the impression that it always has the real fishy oily flavor that I personally am not always a fan of.  As I spoke to the fishmonger I could tell he knew I was not thrilled about bluefish, so suggested that I grab the Lemon Caper marinade that they sold “dredge it in marinade, let it sit for and hour and back it in a Pyrex”.

Once I arrived home I placed the fish into a Pyrex, put  the lemon caper dressing on it and let it sit.  I baked the fish at 350F until it was flaky and took a taste—- No fish taste to be found!!!!

I put the fish over a bed of rice with some fresh from the garden asparagus.  I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected.

I can’t wait to see what week 4 has in stock for me.


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Week 2- Jonah Crab

by Slow Food Cape Cod on May 22, 2017

When I received my fish list this week: Skate, Jonah Crab, Sea Robin, and Bonito, I had assumed that I would be eating Skate for the week. I knew Bonito was out of season and didn’t think I would find Sea Robin in the market. I also had never seen Jonah crab in the market. I know Skate is landed in Chatham so I assumed I would find it.

I visited Chatham Fish and Lobster this week: When I asked about Skate the fishmonger said that this was too early in the season for Skate, as I was about to leave figuring that I wouldn’t find the other fish, another lady in line asked the fishmonger about the 4 different kinds of crab cakes they had on display in the counter. The fishmonger stated that the first crab cake was Jonah Crab landed in Maine, then he went on to describe the other 3, but I stopped listening. After verifying with him that in fact it was Jonah Crab from Maine, I purchased a crab cake to bring home. I’m not normally a crab cake person, so 1 was plenty for me. I was instructed 350 for 10-15 min and that it was just basically crab and breadcrumbs. I figured this would be very easy. After I heated the crab cake up I was pleasantly surprised to enjoy a very meaty delicious crab cake with crispy breadcrumbs. I would defiantly try crab again.

I feel a little bit like I cheated this week as the crab cake was pre-made and I just had to cook it.  But I had a very very busy week this past week and am not sure that I would have had time to cook a meal, so a pre-made crab cake was perfect.


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As two side notes this week:

  1. I watched the Nantucket Sound Weir Fishermen come in last Friday and they had caught a Sea Robin, too small to eat, but they are around.
  2. The Cape Cod Commercial Fishermans Alliance is kicking off their summer Pier to Plate program where they are highlighting “under-loved” species that are being caught locally.  They are focusing on Skate and Dogfish and have 20 fish markets and restaurants on board to highlight these fish this summer. pier to plate



Week 1 – Dab

by Slow Food Cape Cod on May 14, 2017

Week 1 of Eating with the Ecosystem

This week I was looking for: Mahogany Clams, Yellow Flounder, Swordfish, and Dab

Dab (from Cape Tip Seafoods). Grilled with salt pepper butter and chives. Served with a side of asparagus from the garden. Excited to talk to my local fishmonger about what was caught locally and let her know she will be seeing me all summer.

Looking forward to week 2

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Eating with the Ecosystem – Eat like a fish

by Slow Food Cape Cod on May 14, 2017

Starting this week, and continuing for the next 26 weeks, a number of Slow Food Cape Cod supporters along with 90 other people from across New England will be taking part in a citizen science project with Eating with the Ecosystem. This project will challenge all participants to locate and cook locally landed and sold fish species.
The aim of the project is to learn about the disparity between what is caught locally and what is in the market. Each week each participant will be provided with 4 different species to locate and purchase.

Follow along as we locate, purchase and prepare fresh local fish every week.


We will try to keep this blog up to date with not only my search and adventure, but also the other Cape Cod foodies looking for seafood.