Along the Natchez Trace

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Dinner.... Start to Finish

Bill & I headed down to Playa del Coco around 7:30 this morning...  hoping the fishing boats would be coming in, unloading their catch.  We got lucky...
 This small boat was bringing in the catch from a big fishing boat.  They load the small boat out in the harbor and the small boat moors just off-shore.  
 The men, and boys, carry the fish ashore, where a truck is waiting to pick up the load.  Sometimes they carry the fish one by one..  especially if they are the big dorados, or maui maui.  Most of what they brought in today were Red snappers.  
 Once they got the crates to the truck, this guy sorted them by size...  Grande or pequeño
We asked if we could buy some...  established how much and how many kilos....
 We bought 4 red snapper...
Look how big they are!  Bill carried them home and we cleaned them...  I scale them, Bill cuts off the head, tail, and various fins.  Three went into our freezer...  one was for dinner tonight.

I'll spare y'all the mess it is to scrape all those scales off...  and the various other parts..
We had some veggies in the fridge that needed used...  so in the evening I prepped dinner... 
 The upper left I sauteed a bunch of garlic and onion in some of the fish broth... 
The upper right are the zucchini, pepper, green pepper and broccoli...  along with the chopped onion and garlic.  The lower left is the fish...  sprinkled liberally with Goya saffron and tumeric seasoning.  The lower right that fish is wrapped in foil and ready to put in the oven.

 It all came out quite well....
The last few minutes I took the foil off the fish and let it brown up a bit.
It was so tender it just fell off the bones...

 After the oven...  but before I took off the skin and flaked off the meat....

After the fish was in the oven a while, I sauteed the veggies a few minutes with the garlic and onions...  didn't take long...  we like our veggies crunchy...
It turned out just fine....  
How many folks eat a meal that came right out of the ocean that very morning?

And we cleaned up our plates...
Just like we were raised to do....

That's All For Today!


  1. Ok now that looks very yummy, we loved getting the fresh fish right off the boat in Mexico for supper too.

  2. I had a glass table once; it made me crazy. Eventually I gave it away, to a couple who moved too often, and remembered the table top was left on edge behind a door of the house they just moved from.

  3. My mouth is watering even as I read this at 7am! Looks like a delicious meal!

  4. Now that's fresh fish! Even here in the northwest it's hard to find really fresh fish! My husband, the fisherman, told me you don't need to scale the fish--just cook it & don't eat the skin.

  5. Your meal looks delicious - we don't eat fish. We should, but neither of us cares for it too much. But I'll bet I'd eat some of "yours" the way you prepare it!

  6. I don't let fish into my house until they are filets. So Jim gets to do all the hard, messy work. Your dinner looks wonderful.

  7. Fresh fish...what a delicacy to come across.

  8. Now I must look up "Goya saffron".

  9. I'm not much of a fish eater either and I don't like much seafood. I blame it on growing up in the middle of North America, far from the oceans.

  10. Can't get much fresher than that. I like red snapper but have never had one straight from the ocean. Looks yummy.

  11. It's quite a feeling of satisfaction to have that start to finish connection to your meal, isn't it? What a bonus to be able to get fresh fish.