Friday, September 19, 2008

funny fish story

Wanted to share with you a couple of funny fish stories (well I thought they were)
Funny fish story #1:

Do you like fish? I do, if it doesn't have bones to take out while eating and especially if I don't have to clean it...I know I'm a wimp.
Anyway, the other day my MIL gave me some guji (aka-amadai = type of snapper) to bring home for one of our dinners.

So, the next day, I was ready to rinse and put the fish into the oven, but when I ran my hand over the skin, I realized it still had the scales on....sigh.

I took out my fish scaler (which has been waiting for me to use it ever since I bought it) and started to scale the fish.

Scales were flying everywhere...ack!

I stopped and debated...should I just cook the darn thing with the scales on??...blah, no....

So, I ran the water and began to scale the fish under the stream of water. No scales flying into my face or onto the kitchen walls. (after sharing this story with some housewive friends they suggested that I place the fish into a plastic bag and scale it in there...makes sense! maybe next time...maybe not)

After the fish was scaled I salted it and put it into the oven and had dinner....delicious.

When I went to take a bath, I happened to look in the mirror, I had fish scales in my hair, on my face....sigh.

Oh well, at least the fish was gutted and the insides cleaned. (Thanks MIL!)

Funny fish story #2...this one happened before Satoshi and I got married.

He had received a cooler bag from a friend and put it into his trunk. Out of sight = out of mind so he had forgotten about it.

Fast forward a week. He pulls the cooler bag out of his trunk. Ewww the stench!

Rotten fish! He looks at me and says, "can we eat it?"

Me: "!"...sigh

He threw the fish into my parent's garbage (which they ended up washing after he left).

My mom says to my dad, "THAT is going to be your SIL..."

My dad says back to my mom, "yours too!"

The stench in the car lasted several weeks, you couldn't ride in it without the windows rolled down.

To this day, we talk about that fish story.

Hope you have a great weekend.


tamakikat said...

Crack up! I love the story about the fish forgotten in the car especially everyone's reactions. Satoshi's innocent "can we [still] eat it?", your reply of "!", your dad's comment to your mom of"THAT is going to be you SIL" and your mom's great comeback "yours too". Fabulous!

I don't do fish cleaning myself. Fishmongers do such a great job why cut in on their territory?!

K and S said...

glad to bring a smile, Tamakikat :)

Take care.

Rowena said...

LOL! Great stories Kat, and thanks for posting that pic of your fish scaler (I'm adding that to my list). I've been making do with a paring knife which works well enough, but I'd rather have one of those. Scales...ugh...been there and will probably go there again since we love fish!

K and S said...

glad you enjoyed it, Rowena :) You have a lot of things on your shopping list!

Take care.

OkiHwn said...

kat - Think you'd be surprised that you gotta scale papio/gara too. Small tiny scales. I use a knife like rowena. I really don't cook and eat fish that have large scales, with which I think a scaler would be very useful. Even with the weke I can sometimes find in the markets here I use a knife. My mother never used a scaler!

K and S said...

At first I tried the back of my knife, Nate, but because nothing was happening, I took out my scaler. Glad I bought it.

Take care.

Debinhawaii said...

Love both stories--very funny! I have never actually scaled a fish so I am sure I would make a huge mess of it.

Phoebe said...

haha! what funny stories!!! Satoshi even wanted to eat it?? haha

K and S said...

He is so funny, Phoebe :)

When you get a chance to try scaling Deb, I'd love to hear about your adventure :)

Take care you two.

Jenster said...

I have an excellent fish scaler -- my husband!

K and S said...

You are so lucky, Jenster :)

Take care.

OkiHwn said...

Use the sharp edge of the knife.

K and S said...

Thanks Nate, though I'm hoping there isn't a next time.

Take care.

ila said...

oye. snapper is seriously one of the scaliest mofos i've ever had... and if you miss one, it leaves an unpleasant krunch!

that's probably why you never see fish recipes on my site :[

Anonymous said...

LOL! Funny fish stories!

How do you scale a fish in a plastic bag?


Gwen said...

My aunt once brought me an "uhu" from Hawaii. Big fish, big scales. Used a pair of pliers to de-scale it. :) Been there also with scales in your hair, face, all over the kitchen until I learned about the plastic bag trick.

K and S said...

I guess I need to scale another fish so I can try the plastic bag trick, Gwen :)

Paz, I think you put the fish in the bag and while it is in there use your scaler.

Eww a crunch would definitely be unpleasant, Ila.

Take care everyone!

Lori said...

Funny stories kat! I also use the plastic bag scaling method. :)

K and S said...

Thanks Lori! Will definitely try the plastic bag method :)

Take care.