Sunday, February 19, 2012

Tilefish and Martha Stewart

I woke up this morning from a dream where I was in a crowded class and was painting on a large canvas with lots of color. Here's the latest fresh Florida fish we had, tilefish. Fished from great depths in the Atlantic Ocean, this fish is not often seen in the fish market but is highly prized. I  served it with some brown rice, tomatoes, and Haas avocado.

Tilefish live in burrows sometimes creating undersea pueblo villages. That line is taken directly from wikipedia and I just love it. They are creating villages, communities of fish under the sea. Something to be said for sticking together. My thought for the day is this photo I saw on facebook; boy is that true.

Anyway back to the fish. Here's the fillet I cut in half. Some nice yellow and black in a great pattern. The scales are uneven like the pattern on a leopard's fur.

The fillets were firm but light. I keep the skin on one side to keep the flesh from falling apart in the pan. I sprinkled chives, anise seed, tarragon, and lime juice on the fillets and sauteed them in butter with ginger and garlic, it was delicious.

It doesn't hurt to have a Martha Stewart magazine article about the art and craft of pottery. At the grocery store I saw the latest issue and story "Clays well with Others" about David Steumpfle.  David makes big pots. Jeff Dean and Stephanie Martin were also mentioned. Meredith of Whynot Pottery took me to visit them when I was in Seagrove, North Carolina almost two years ago The article also talked about the Seagrove Area Potters Association.  

One of my vases will be making it's way to New York City so I'm getting organized to mail some packages. Today is going to be a smashing day. I've got to figure out a way to smash a bunch of pottery and not get it all over the place. Outside the sharp shards might give flat tires to the lawnmower. Maybe I'll put them in a paper bag. I've been adding jump rings and leather cord to my leaf pendants and I'll be listing a few of them in my Etsy Shop. I also rigged up a quick and easy way for Gary to display them at the flea market. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.


  1. I've had tilefish a few times....I remember that it was delicious. I can see that I have to go find Martha. Thanks.

  2. that fish looks delicious. Love the variety in your area. These days, the only fish I cook is salmon, frozen from Costco.

  3. I've never had tilefish, but it looks/sounds delicious so bookmarked all. Thanks!!

  4. lucky for you to have such good choice on seafood.
    Yep, you and Gary really made the rounds when you were here in Seagrove.

  5. What an interesting fish. You are lucky to have access to fresh and and a fishmounger you can trust. In supermarkets, there is no telling what you are actually getting.

  6. Hi Smartcat, thanks, I had never heard of tilefish before, lots of the fish on the East Coast are different than we got on the West Coast.

    Hi Gigi, thanks, curious can you get any fresh fish in Hawaii? I would think there are some fishermen who bring in local fish?

    Hi Kittie, thanks, you can probably get this fish there, apparently is is a very deep Atlantic fish.

    Hi Meredith, thanks, yeah but we didn't make it to all the places we wanted to go, soon again I hope.

    Hi Patti, thanks, yes we are lucky we know where this fish is coming from. While we were there this time a local fisherman brought in his catch and the market bought it from him, more local fish and helping the local fisherman too.


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