"Whale Breath"

January 30, 2018


Good morning to all of our beloved friends and clients and thank you for the extremely positive support on last week's email regarding the facts about the sourcing of "honest" seafood.

Which brings me to today's topic of sustainability and how we can as "little chefs" do our part in not only improving our own health, but the well-being of the world's oceans.  Now I'm not suggesting you change your diet to exclusively kelp and plankton smoothies, which by the way gives you a technical term called "Whale Breath", look it up and you'll find other industry phrases such as "Shark Rump" and "Cod Lips."  "Shark Rump" is the scientific phrase for when a middle-aged man is wearing inappropriately tight skinny jeans, which of course, is dangerous to look directly at, hence the reference to the deadly predator, the shark.  

Seriously though by just making a few substitutions now and again in our piscivorous diets we can make a measurable difference in the worlds fish stock. For example, although we all love the almighty Cod, it's flavorful cousin Hake is just begging to be the star of your dinner performance tonight.  And while Flounder is the overwhelming choice of those fish eating folks who dig the mild flavors of the briny deep, a Skate fillet can offer these flavor profiles along with the unctuous texture of Scallops.  Not to mention, it's underutilized status makes it a culinary bargain.  And should you want to help clean the waters of the world you need only to enjoy the lovely crustaceans that are grow wild and responsibly farmed.  

Why just a single Oyster can filter 50 gallons of water a day.  And let's not forget that Mussels are still the undisputed champion of delectable economy.  Heck, for about $14.00 you and your dinner mates can eat like Royalty and still be a respectable citizens who practice a sustainable lifestyle. Of course not like that one friend we all have who only eats organic grass clippings and chickens feet,  that dude is just crazy and we all know it.  

But seriously, feel free to allow your humble fishmonger the privilege of guiding you to unexpected seafood delights that, although may be new to you, have been around since mankind began to cast their nets.  It is this spirit of sustainable eating, I offer to you today's recipes featuring Steamed Mussels with Prosecco and Pancetta & Roasted Spicy Hake with Potatoes.   

Thank you as always for your time and the honor of serving you.

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With a Bag of North Fork Potato Chips
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Grilled Tuscan Seasoned Sea Bream (Dorade) over our Classic Caesar Salad
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Grilled Day Boat Scallop Tequila Lime Guacamole Tortillas (2) Ay Caramba!
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Today's Fresh Fish Selections

From the North:
Pollack (Blue Cod)
Razor Clams 
Jonah Crab meat 
Mako Shark 
Golden Tilefish
Day Boat Sea Scallops 
Peconic Bay Scallops  
Maine Steamers  
Nova Scotia Halibut
Grey Sole
Nova Scotia (Hard Shell) Lobsters
Jumbo Maine Mussels
Baccala (Salt Cod) Needs to be soaked for 2 days
Fresh Long Island Squid
Rhode Island Little Necks
Cherry Stone Clams
Top Neck Clams

From the Waters of the World:                  
Dover Sole (Spain)
Japanese Madia (Sea Bream)
Carabineros (Spanish Red Shrimp)
Hamachi (Yellow Tail)
New Zealand Cockles 
New Zealand Green Lip Mussels              
Branzino (Mediterranean Sea Bass)
Dorade (Sea Bream)                                       
Colossal U-6 Shrimp
Wild Caribbean Hopper Pink Shrimp and White Shrimp (3 Sizes)
Brazilian Rock Lobster Tails (4 Sizes)
South African Cold Water Lobster Tails
New Zealand Lobsters Tails 
Squid Ink (Cuttlefish Ink)
Squid Steaks
North African and Spanish Octopus (Large & Baby)
Crawfish Tail Meat
Conch Meat from Belize    

From the South:
Rock Shrimp
Red Grouper 
Jumbo Stone Crab Claws
Blue Claw Crabs (In the Freezer, Ready For Sauce)
American Red Snapper
Sushi Grade Ahi Tuna
Fresh Jumbo Lump Crab Meat
Fresh Lump Crab Meat
Special Crab Meat
Blue Crab Cocktail Claws with Horseradish Sauce

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Arctic Char (Iceland)
Organic Scottish and Norwegian Salmon
Prince Edward Island Mussels
Local Musky Hatchery Rainbow Trout
Large Maine Mussels

From the Pacific Northwest:
Wild Steelhead-Washington State
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Jumbo King Crab Legs
Jumbo Snow (Opilio) Crab Legs

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West Coast:
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Fanny Bays (Wa)
Stretch Island (Wa)
Totten Inlet (Wa)
Kumamotos (Ca)

East Coast:
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Fishers Island (NY)
Pemaquid (Me)
Wellfleets (Mass)
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Moon Shoal (Mass)
Chatham (Mass)
Billington (Mass)
Peters Point (Mass)
Puffer Points (Mass)
Glidden Point (Me)


Maine Steamers
Little Neck Clams (RI)
Top Neck Clams (Conn)
Cherrystones (RI)
Fresh Chopped Clams



Today's Featured Recipes Created With Love for You...
Steamed Mussels with Prosecco and Pancetta Serves 4 for dinner 8 for appetizers or me alone with the rest of the Prosecco
What can I say about Mussels that has not already been said by the great romance poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge in his poem "Love"

"She ate the Mussels with crusty bread,
With downcast eyes, and modest grace;
And she forgave me that I gazed at the olive oil
Too fondly that covered her face!"  

Wow, that's powerful stuff. Am I the only one who's hungry?

4 pounds of Prince Edward Island or Maine Mussels I prefer larger Mussels for this dish
4 ounces of Pancetta diced
2 large shallots diced
¼ cup of olive oil
1 sprig fresh rosemary
1 cup Prosecco or other sparkling wine
Black pepper to taste
1 loaf of crusty bread torn apart and divided among the guests; although you could just slice it but you won't get that dramatic romantic affect.

How it's done
Give the mussels a good rinse under cold water for about 5 minutes until clean.

In a pot, big enough to hold the mussels heat the olive oil over a medium high heat. 

When the oil is hot, add the pancetta, shallots, and rosemary sprig and cook just until the shallots are slightly softened and the pancetta begins to sizzle, about 5 minutes. 

Add the mussels to the pot along with the prosecco and a generous amount of black pepper. Cover the pot and turn the heat to high and let the mussels steam for about 6 to 8 minutes or until the mussels have opened all the way (shake the pot a little during the cooking process).
To serve, turn the mussels out to a large pasta bowl and get ready for the culinary love sonnets to start flowing from your, soon to be sated, loved ones.  

Roasted Spicy Hake with Potatoes Serves 4
Time to turn the flavor dial up to, "What the Hake" that's Delicious.  And this easy weekday, one pan dish is just the "setting" for dinner tonight.

4 fillets of Hake, 6 to 8 ounces each; you could also use Cod, Pollack or Cusk with great success
1½ pounds of fingerling potatoes
½ cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
4 cloves of garlic, minced
Salt and Pepper
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ cup of fresh chopped flat leaf parsley, plus more to garnish
The juice of 2 lemons

How it's done
Preheat your oven to 500° degrees with a baking pan inside

Place the potatoes in a shallow bowl and drizzle over the 2 tablespoons of olive oil and season with a little salt and pepper.  

Open the oven and place the potatoes on the hot baking pan and reduce the oven temperature to 425°; set a timer for 15 minutes and let's prepare the fish. 

In a small bowl combine the olive oil, garlic, cayenne pepper, ½ cup of parsley, lemon juice and a good dash of salt and pepper.  

Next season the Hake fillets with salt and pepper.  

When your timer goes off remove the baking pan from the oven and move the potatoes around to make room for the Hake fillets. 

Place the Hake fillets onto the baking pan and drizzle the lemon oil mixture over the fish and potatoes; place the pan back in the oven and roast for another 15 minutes or until the fish is just opaque and the potatoes are fork tender.

Remembering it's a weekday, place a trivet on the table and bring your pan of "For Goodness Hake" to your hungry fans.  Garnish with some more parsley and let your loved ones serve each other knowing damn well you will not be cleaning the kitchen tonight. 


Mark J. Drabich
Metropolitan Seafood & Gourmet
P 908-840-4332
F 908-506-0293
Email: mark@metroseafood.com
1320 Rt. 22 Lebanon NJ 08833

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